What Institutions Need to Know About the New Distance Learning Regulations Recently Released by the Department of Education

November 23, 2020

Free Webinar | 12:00-1:00 pm ET

NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, this webinar was moved from the original date of November 25, 2020. 

In August, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register the final version of its new regulations governing distance learning. The rules take effect in July 2021, but the department said institutions can use "the new flexibilities" as soon as they are published in the Federal Register.

The product of months of negotiations by a panel of experts, the final rule strives to allow more flexibility to emphasize demonstration of learning rather than seat time when measuring student outcomes. It will also allow for more asynchronous online delivery of courses, or portions of courses, in traditional “clock-hour” hands-on programs, as well as provide more clarity to the term “regular and substantive interaction” between the instructor and students.

AACRAO looks forward to hosting the U.S. Department of Education and facilitating a dialogue between the Department and AACRAO members to ensure that institutions will be aware how these changes will impact their reporting requirements.



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Diane Auer Jones

Principal Deputy Under Secretary , U.S. Dept of Education

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