ED to Publish Final Distance Education Regulations

The Department of Education (ED) on Monday announced it will be publishing final regulations on distance education — the latest set of final regulations stemming from a negotiated rulemaking session that began in January 2019 and tackled a number of other topics, including state authorization, faith-based entities, and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program.

ED published a proposed rule in May that reflected the agreed upon language from the negotiated rulemaking committee. The final rule, though largely the same, made a few adjustments based on public comment submitted after the proposed rule was published. The regulations will officially take effect July 1, 2021, but institutions will have the ability to voluntarily utilize the new flexibilities as soon as the rule is officially published in the Federal Register.

An unofficial copy of the final rule is now available online. Stay tuned to Today's News for a full analysis article on the final rule.

 

Publication Date: 8/25/2020


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