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News & Updates (October)

August 13, 2019 - Department of Education files unopposed motion for voluntary dismissal of the appeal for NEA; et al. v. DeVos; et al.

August 5, 2019 - Department of Education provides an updated Q & A for the July 22, 2019 guidance.

August 2, 2019 - Department of Education considers the California Complaint process acceptable dating back to May 26, 2019, but expects modifications to address "compliance challenges".

July 29, 2019 - California indicates that The Department of Consumer Affairs will accept complaints for students in California.  Here is a blog post from  DCA about their complaint process.

July 29, 2019 - Federal Register Announcement from the Department of Ed that the 2016 State Authorization Federal Regulations went into effect on May 26, 2019 citing that the July 2018 delay rule for the regulations was vacated due to the April 26, 2019 U.S. District Court ruling.

July 22, 2019 - USED provided guidance regarding now effective 34 CFR 600.9(c)(2).  "under the 2016 regulation now in effect, students residing in California receiving distance education or correspondence courses from out-of-state public or non-profit institutions are ineligible for title IV programs until such time as the State of California provides those institutions with an appropriate complaint process or enters into a reciprocity agreement".

June 12, 2019 - USED releases Proposed Federal Regulations for public comment.  (Comment Deadline July 12, 2019) SAN Comment.

Open Forum  - 2nd Tuesday of each month.  October 8, 2019  Time: 10AM Alaska, 11AM Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern; Link: https://wiche.zoom.us/j/9421225612Opportunity for ALL members to participate in a 30 minute “link in” and ask questions about the designated topic to the monthly expert.  October Topic: State Authorization Career Paths  October Experts: Leslie Weibush, Heather Jaramillo, and Lanna Dueck

NEW!  SAN Podcasts:   

  • June Podcast available here! June Subject:  What is the purpose and why should one care about higher education regulations?  Special guest:  Russ Poulin, Executive Director, WCET and Vice President for Technology Enhanced Education, WICHE. 
  •  July Podcast available here!  July Subject:  WCET and SAN the interactions, the benefits of WCET, and the WCET Annual Meeting highlights for Nov, 2019.  Special guest:  Megan Raymond, Director, Programs and Sponsorship, WCET. 
  • September Podcast available here!  September Subject:  Higher ed in Alaska, managing out-of-state activity compliance, 2019 negotiated rulemaking ups and downs from the view point of a negotiator representing 4 year public institutions.  Special Guest:  Dave Dannenberg, Director Academic Innovations & eLearning, University of Alaska - Anchorage



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