The 2020 View of Federal Regulations and the Potential Impact on Higher Education Practice

  • Date : April 20, 2020 - April 24, 2020 (All-day event)
  • Meeting Type : Summit

WCET + University of Maryland Global Campus Summit

The 2020 Virtual Summit asynchronously brought together policy-makers, accreditors, institutional leaders, and attorneys to help articulate policy implications for recently released rules and regulations from the Department of Education including accreditation changes and state authorization. They also discussed proposed regulations on distance education. The goal of the Virtual Summit was to bring together people who can inform, guide, and answer questions about how education policies, rules, and regulations, may impact their institution. The Summit helped attendees learn how to articulate potential regulatory impact to their institutions as well as engage with lawmakers and Department officials to provide feedback and help shape future policies and regulations.

The Virtual Summit conversations included key topics such as:

  • Recent regulations on state authorization, accreditation, and disclosures.
  • The 2019 negotiated rulemaking process, including analysis of the consensus language on distance education and regular and substantive interaction.
  • Updates on proposed higher education legislation, including an update on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
  • Discussion of the potential impact of the 2020 presidential election.


The virtual event drew leaders across higher education departments and sectors that should understand key regulations and policies impacting institutions across the U.S.

Related Resources

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  • Access to all video panel recordings. View the agenda.
  • Access to all Deep Dive resources created by experts:
    • Accessibility, Privacy, and Security.
    • Accreditation.
    • Affordability.
    • Department of Education’s Support of Career, Technical, Upskilling and Reskilling Initiatives.
    • Direct Assessment and CBE.
    • Regular and Substantive.
    • State Authorization.