Neg Reg Expands Professional Licensure Disclosure Rules in Consensus on State Authorization – Cooley ED
The Negotiated Rulemaking committee reached consensus on revisions to the Department of Education’s state authorization rules, drawing on provisions in the 2016 state authorization rule.
In another important development, the Neg Reg negotiators reached consensus on revisions to the department’s long-delayed state authorization rules. While the distance learning community has been keenly aware of these discussions, the consensus rule, which draws heavily on provisions in the department’s 2016 state authorization rule, proposes a significant change in disclosure obligations applicable to all programs offered by Title IV-participating institutions, whether online or classroom-based.
The Neg Reg Committee retained a version of the student and prospective student professional licensure disclosures similar to those under the 2016 rules, but extended the professional licensure disclosure requirements to all programs, regardless of the method of delivery. This means the disclosure requirements apply to all an institution’s on-ground programs, in addition to those offered online. This is a significant change from the 2016 rule, which only required professional licensure disclosures for an institution’s distance education programs.