Good news for distance learners!! Leaders of higher education will be taking bigger attempts to simplify all rules and regulations at colleges in order to enrol students coming from different countries. This will result in the global expansion of the online education market.
As per rules, colleges must seek authorisation from each and every state where they would like to offer online programmes. The requirements and fees would vary accordingly from one state to another. However, the education leaders objected on the cost factor and said that the entire system would be extremely pricey, especially during such a time when millions of students are showing keen interest in making use of online technology for completing higher education.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that a proposal came over from the commission led by Richard W. Riley, the former education secretary of the United States stating that the states would be entering reciprocity agreements to regulate online programmes. In other words, single home state authorisation sustaining minimum standards for consumer protection and institutional quality would only permit colleges to register students coming from other states volunteering to take part.
According to Riley, it’s his belief that the proposal is surely going to make a huge difference in letting institutions offer distance learning courses for higher education across the nation with more effectiveness. He further said with enthusiasm that the opportunities will keep increasing for students who wish to complete higher studies which in turn would help the system take the lead in college completion rates.
The commission of Richard W. Riley launched by the State Higher Education Executive Officers and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities just the previous year comprised a total of 21 members out of which some came from states and colleges while some were accrediting heads. The members said that the representatives would be coming from the majority of states to meet in Indianapolis for discussing on how to put their plans into action.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Assistant vice president of Excelsior College and a commission member, Paul Shiffman said the biggest hindrance that stops colleges from offering online programmes in certain nations is the state-by-state regulations. He further said that Excelsior would not register one of its programmes in Massachusetts due to the rising expenses and red tape. According to the commission, the present system said that a public community college comprising 257 students in 5 states could end up paying $76,100 in compliance with the regulations while a public university could pay $5.5 million for complying with the rules applicable in 49 states.
However, the commission warned that the major issue was none other than consumer protection. The states must be watchful and must therefore try to resolve consumer complaints. (Source)