As Costs of New Rule Are Felt, Colleges Rethink Online Course Offerings in Other States

Bismarck State College, a two-year institution located in the capital of North Dakota, offers something few colleges do: online degrees in power-plant technology. Utilities across the country send workers to the community college for specialized training in electric power, nuclear power, and other fields.

"We're pretty darn unique," said Larry C. Skogen, the college's president. "I don't think we have any competition out there."

Though other colleges offer similar programs on