Main Nav

State reciprocity agreements as a path to solve state authorization

Today's Inside Higher Ed contains an article discussing the development of state reciprocity agreements as a likely path toward resolving the difficulties state authorization processes present for online distance learning. In such agreements, participating states agree to recognize each other's laws/regulations/processes governing a particular area of activity. If many or most states can establish reciprocity in relation to authorizing postsecondary institutions to deliver courses and programs within their jurisdictions, then institutions will be able to go back to largely worrying about the authorization process of the state in which they are physically located (except for those of states that don't choose to participate in a reciprocity pact)., However, as the article notes, getting states with diverse views on regulation and highly variable authorization requirements to agree on baseline standards for reciprocity will be a challenge. (