Commission Says Federal Rules on Distance Education Must Be Updated

A federal commission sent a message to state and federal agencies last month that rules and regulations governing distance education are out of date and must be revamped.

The panel, known as the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, released a report that specifically mentioned two federal financial-aid policies: the 12-hour rule and the 50-percent rule. The 12-hour rule requires that students take at least 12 hours of instruction a week through various courses to be considered