As regulations loom, a call for cooperation between states

ED said in its letter that online colleges must prove they are working toward certification in every state in which they operate by July.

“Indeed, it is a delay in the enforcement and lessens the burden on [ED] over the coming … year,” said Russell Poulin, deputy director of WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), an organization that advocates for online instruction. “For the institutions, it is not a delay.”

Eduardo Ochoa, ED’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education, told online college decision makers that the department doesn’t “intend to penalize institutions if they haven’t received” authorization from every state by July 1.

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