Online and Distance Education is an important part of Emporia State University's program offerings, with many students participating in federal financial aid.Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance,and correspondence education providers. The relevant language includes:
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ESU’s Distance Education is working in cooperation with the Department of Education and states' agencies to comply with required authorizations so that we can continue to provide educational access to students across the country. We are evaluating and working to comply with these various requirements and will provide up-to-date information when available.
Listed are states in which ESU Distance Education has sought and received authorization to offer distance education or where we are currently in the process of obtaining authorization.
In compliance with the language passed in the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) conducted a Negotiated Rule Making Process in 2010, institutions offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state. Below is information on ESU Distance Education' accreditation agency, followed by a state-by-state list the agencies in each state responsible for complaints regarding out-of-state distance education programs.
Emporia State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCAHLC). The Kansas Board of Regents has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate. Information regarding complaint process can be found on their NCAHLC website.
These new regulations require us to provide prospective and current students with contact information for filing complaints with the appropriate agency in the state where the student resides. Please click on your state to be connected to the contact form should you have a complaint about ESU Distance Education.
Program Integrity Issues; Final Rule
Amendments to title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 were finalized on October 29th, 2010. Read the Final ruling by the Department of Education.
WCET summary of requirements
WCET has compiled a summary of what states and institutions need to do to meet the new Federal Regulations.