State authorization redux: New rules would retain disclosure requirements for professional licensure programs

The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) 2019 negotiated rule-making process recently ended with the negotiators somewhat unexpectedly reaching consensus on proposed regulatory language on a variety of topics, including the federal requirements for state authorization of postsecondary institutions, a topic with which ED has struggled for nearly a decade.

Under the consensus language, eligibility for Title IV of distance education and correspondence programs would continue to be tied to approval by the states, either through direct state approval or participation in a state authorization reciprocity agreement. In reaching consensus, three further important points were agreed upon by ED and the nonfederal negotiators.

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