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Excited about March Madness? Proposed Section 32 Will Excite Distance Ed Fans

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 3/21/2022 | 1 comments

The annual NCAA college basketball tournament, celebrated nationally and called the “Big Dance” or “March Madness,” began last week with great hoopla. Simultaneously, another form of “competition” occurred – the final week of the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking process. Rulemaking can look like a “Big Dance” with representatives of higher education factions engaged […]

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One Year Anniversary of the Federal Regulations for Professional Licensure Notifications – How are you Celebrating?

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 7/1/2021 | 0 comments

Maybe it is a little cheeky to say celebrating, but we are all on this crazy journey together to manage these institutional requirements. The federal regulations require notifications in order for institutions to participate in Title IV HEA programs, and SARA closely aligned their requirements to the Federal regulations for SARA participating institutions to address […]

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Policy

Comment Period Open for “21st Century Guidelines for Distance Education”

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 6/3/2021 | 0 comments

NC-SARA has opened a two month opportunity for SARA state members, SARA participating institutions, and members of the public to submit comments regarding the 21st Century Guidelines from June 2, 2021 through August 2, 2021. Institutions that obtain state institutional approval through reciprocity for their out-of-state distance education related activities by participating in SARA (State […]

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Practice

Unprecedented Times Surprised Some Institution Staff with State Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/10/2020 | 0 comments

These unprecedented times raised regulatory compliance challenges that may have surprised some institution personnel. However, some of these regulatory compliance challenges were not actually unprecedented. The COVID-19 pandemic induced institutions to shift from in-person to remote instruction. As a result, institutions closed campuses and served students who were, in some cases, located in a state […]

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Did Your Course Go Digital Due to COVID-19? Playbook Advises on Regulations When Making the Switch

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/4/2020 | 0 comments

The spring 2020 term saw an unprecedented response to an unprecedented challenge as virtually every U.S. higher education institution offering face-to-face instruction rapidly switched to remote instruction, many in as little as one to two weeks and some in a few days. Institutions struggled to resolve challenges ranging from the technological to the pedagogical to […]

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Season Shifts and Policy Changes: Important Rule Changes You May Have Missed

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/23/2020 | 0 comments

Have you had the opportunity to notice that some parts of the U.S. have seen a change in the weather and the trees? To say that this fall has been busy is quite an understatement! We know that everyone has placed significant focus on the development and implementation of strategies to safely maintain academic continuity. […]

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Practice

Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! 

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/30/2020 | 4 comments

Institutions have juggled many issues to maintain educational continuity during the pandemic. WCET has addressed accessibility, Veterans benefits, crisis coordination, Open Educational Resources, the U.S. Department of Education’s ability to exercise enforcement discretion for Title IV eligibility , and more! However, we must now address the issue of institutional management of state licensing board requirements […]

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Policy

Licensure Research & Disclosures: Stakeholder Meeting Tips

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/13/2020 | 0 comments

Hello WCET, Today’s post is a continuation from last week’s topic from the WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) Special Interest Team. The Special Interest Teams are workgroups on a designated topic area. This particular special interest team worked on contributions for the network on the issue of professional licensure research and disclosures. Today’s post focuses on the best […]

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Licensure Research & Disclosures: Stakeholder Engagement Tips

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/5/2020 | 3 comments

Hello WCET, Today we have a post from the WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) Special Interest Team. The Special Interest Teams are workgroups on a designated topic area. This particular special interest team worked on contributions for the network on the issue of professional licensure research and disclosures. Today, the interest team joins us to share ideas for […]

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