[caption id="attachment_25676" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Regulatory policies have not evolved to accommodate online learning, officials say."]Regulatory policies have not evolved to accommodate online learning, officials say.[/caption]

A patchwork of state rules for accrediting colleges and universities -- some more lax than others -- remain a roadblock for a national standard that online school officials have lobbied for since the early 1980s.

Administrators from web-based colleges came to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13 for an annual gathering that focused on how the growing online-education field can navigate--and someday simplify--the complex process of securing accreditation in states nationwide.

Although some...

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