A new federal rule may require Yale to secure permission for its online education initiatives, the Yale Daily News reports.

Debated in Washington last week, the rule would require colleges seeking federal aid to secure permission to operate in every state where they enroll students for online education courses. While the rule primarily aims to ensure that for-profit online courses meet basic standards, Yale administrators say it could halt the momentum of the University’s own online education initiatives.

“The Department of Education proposal is a big concern and could create a very burdensome situation for online education,” said Dorothy Robinson, Yale’s General Counsel. “The proposal applies to MOOCs as well as programs eligible for Title IV funds and doesn’t allow states to exempt programs based on accreditation, years in operation or comparable exemptions.”

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