Tag: State Authorization

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What is “NEXUS” for higher ed? Considerations for a multi-state workforce

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 9/15/2021 | 0 comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic lurches on, many employers, including postsecondary institutions, are navigating the reality of what many feel is the future of work: remote employment. By the end of 2021, its predicted that over a quarter of the workforce will remain remote. Furthermore, its estimated that 36.2 million Americans will work remotely by 2025, […]

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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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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 […]


Origins of the State Authorization Network: We Missed the Bus, But Caught the Spirit

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 4/6/2021 | 0 comments

Ten years ago on April 6th, the first meeting of the initial members of WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN) was held in Boulder, Colorado. To honor SAN’s 10th Birthday, I asked the founder of SAN, Russ Poulin, to reflect on the history of the state authorization issue and the need for the Network. I also […]

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Federal Distance/Digital Actions of the Outgoing Administration and Congress

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 1/28/2021 | 0 comments

Since the inauguration, we have been very focused on what Jed Bartlett would say is “what’s next?” WCET Frontiers will be publishing a great deal in the weeks to come about the priorities of the new Biden Administration. However, today we share a look back on the pre-inauguration activities of Congress and the Department of […]


2020 Top 10 Frontiers Blog Posts

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 12/18/2020 | 0 comments

It’s that time again – let’s take a look at 2020’s Top 10 Frontiers blog posts based on views by you, our readers! Thank you for your support of WCET Frontiers through your subscriptions, comments, sharing, and guest authoring! 2020 was a challenge for us all, but we hope our posts provided you with assistance, […]


Congratulations to the 2020 SANsational Award Winners

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 12/10/2020 | 0 comments

Institutions often ask, “who is doing good work with state authorization compliance”? The WCET|State Authorization Network (SAN) is pleased to celebrate our sixth year recognizing the outstanding efforts of SAN member institutions and organizations by awarding SANsational Awards. About the SANsational Awards These awards are given for the development of high-quality, comprehensive solutions for challenging […]


Recapping the 2020 Election: What Higher Education Can Expect

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/13/2020 | 0 comments

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 significantly impacted higher education, perhaps more than any recent election. Citing her belief that “We must expand our thinking about what education actually is, as well as resist the urge to expect all students to follow the same track,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has presided over a […]


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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