Distance Education

SARA and ACICS-accredited Institutions

ACICS (the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools) is a national accrediting body that has been in the news for the well-publicized failures of some of the institutions it has accredited and accusations of lax accrediting practices. The US Department of Education has removed ACICS from its list of "recognized" accreditors, but a lawsuit over that action is pending in the courts. In the meantime, ACICS-accredited schools have 18 months to obtain accreditation by another recognized accreditor in order to maintain the eligibility of their students to participate in federal financial aid programs.

 

Confusion about U.S. Department of Education State Authorization Rules

As many of you know, the Department recently released new rules on the state authorization of distance education. Those rules contain what we and many others have viewed as a troubling definition of a "state authorization reciprocity agreement."
 

Recent conversations that our friend and colleague Russ Poulin of WCET has had with Department staff indicate that we're misinterpreting what they intended with that definition.
 

NC-SARA Spring 2016 Enrollment Data Submission

NC-SARA has issued provisions affecting SARA institutions’ submission of their enrollment data for this spring. Institutions will report during the period May 9-20, using a secure link that will be sent to each SARA institution. There is no substantive change to the earlier draft release of the two documents relating to enrollment data submission (NC-SARA Data Reporting Guide and NC-SARA Data Sharing Agreement). To facilitate submission, however, rather than having institutions separately submit a signed data sharing agreement, institutional approval of the agreement has been incorporated by reference into the institution’s submission of its data.

 

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