Panel Revisits 'State Authorization' Rule for Distance-Education Programs

Distance education dominated the discussion on Day 1 of the Education Department's new round of negotiated rule-making on Wednesday, with panelists discussing how the department could ensure that states do their part to protect students studying online and abroad.

At issue was a 2010 rule that set federal standards for "state authorization" of institutions and clarified that colleges must seek approval from states where they enroll students online. Under the rule, colleges can receive