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EDUCAUSE Joins Letter Urging State Authorization Repeal

As mentioned last week, the higher education community anticipates that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill (H.R. 2117) to repeal U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations mandating state authorization of online/distance learning and a federal definition of the credit hour. The bill also seeks to block any future attempts by ED to institute regulations regarding a federal definition of the credit hour. EDUCAUSE joined a letter released today by the American Council on Education (ACE) and supported by nearly 100 higher education associations and organizations urging House members to vote in favor of H.R. 2117.  We encourage EDUCAUSE members to read the letter and share it with others as appropriate. While the bill’s prospects for passage in the U.S. Senate are not yet clear, having the bill pass the House would be an important step in addressing an area of significant concern for colleges and universities engaged in online/distance learning.

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