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Widespread Panic

A recent lawsuit filed by the National Education Association (NEA) against Betsy Devos regarding the delay of the 2016-era federal regulations caused panic among universities and distance education students residing in California. California believes it has created an appropriate complaint process.

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Farewell, SHEEO Surveys; Say Hello to The State Authorization Guide

Coming soon: The State Authorization Guide Many working in the field of state authorization are familiar with the SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers Association) Surveys web site. At a glance, web site visitors are able to view the state authorization requirements for each state. The SHEEO site provides a directory of agencies and individuals responsible for implementing state postsecondary quality assurance laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as a compendium of state laws and regulations, according to the web site. The Departments of Higher Education in each state updated the SHEEO survey. At times, there was a significant lag time between updates for some states, providing confusion and frustration among some in the field. Enter: The State Authorization Guide. The State Authorization Network (SAN) and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) are teaming up to produce the State Authorization Guide. Debuting in early April, the State Authorization Guide will be updated every few months by state regulators. The goal is to add professional licensure, disclosure, and Secretary of State information in the future; for now, they are focusing on general state authorization information, similar to what is available on the SHEEO Surveys. SHEEO is in the process of creating a new web site. The old SHEEO surveys will no longer be available after the web site re-design....

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Secretary of State: To Register or Not to Register?

Secretary of State: To Register or Not to Register? That is the question that plagues many individuals responsible for state authorization at their institution. A number of states require out-of-state universities to register with the Secretary of State’s office prior to enrolling students in a distance education program or offering learning placements. Some states do not require registration while others do. Being a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), does not eliminate the need to file with the Secretary of State offices. Institutions must register with the Secretary of State’s Office in required states as well as obtain a registered agent. Citing the inability to provide legal advice, many of the Secretary of State offices are unable to answer when asked if it is required that out-of-state institutions register with the office of the Secretary of State prior to engaging in any distance learning activities. So where do you start? Cheryl Dowd, State Authorization Network (SAN) Director, suggested that individuals in charge of state authorization check within their own institution before making inquiries to the states. Dowd stated the institution’s Business Services Office (or similar title) and Legal Counsel may already have knowledge in other states for other activities of the institution (e.g. alumni, etc.) that requires registration to transact business in that state. These offices may also be aware of a registered agent...

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