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Seismic Shifts in Distance Ed Regulations: Gauging Department of Education Rulemaking

Webinar held March 20, 2024.

Did you feel that quake? In its recent rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Education proposed major changes that will cause institutions to check how the shifting sands will affect their distance education offering and their provision of digital books. In brief, these changes are huge. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s goals are to protect students as consumers and to ensure that federal financial aid funds are spent appropriately. We applaud those goals, but are still trying to decipher the possible impact on students, faculty, and staff.  

Join the WCET and SAN policy team for updates on the Department’s proposals, which include:  

  • limiting greatly state authorization reciprocity benefits,  
  • eliminating “inclusive access” programs that include books and resources in tuition and fees, 
  • requiring attendance taking for all distance education courses, and 
  • categorizing all distance education programs as a “virtual location.”  

Additionally, we will provide a brief update on the professional licensure regulations going into effect on July 1, 2024.  

Come prepared with your questions. We will do our best to provide answers, outline next steps, and inform you on how to get involved.  

Available Resources:

  • Recording
  • Slide Deck
  • Transcript
  • Q & A Summary Coming soon!


Van Davis; Chief Strategy Officer, WCET;; LinkedIn Profile
Cheryl Dowd; Senior Director, State Authorization Network & WCET Policy Innovations;; LinkedIn Profile
Russ Poulin; Executive Director, WCET & Vice President for Technology-Enhanced Education, WICHE; 303-541-0305;; LinkedIn Profile