As a parent of three sons, I understand the importance of ensuring our children have access to higher education and are properly prepared to enter into the workforce. I often hear from local employers about their evolving needs for a more educated and skilled workforce. To meet those goals, our post-secondary educational system strives to give students access to a higher education that teaches the core fundamentals needed to succeed while also having the flexibility to meet the demands of employers.
In 2010 the Department of Education expanded its authority by imposing two new regulations: state authorization requirements and a new credit-hour definition. These federal government imposed regulations will significantly alter the role in accrediting and licensing institutions of higher education, as well as, significantly limit student access and the ability of these programs to be innovative.
Colleges and universities have traditionally been accountable to our states, accrediting organizations, and most importantly to students and parents. Post-secondary schools attempt to provide quality educational programs to students to meet a variety of needs and workforce demands.
Higher educational institutions are increasing access through the use of online courses. Customarily, whether or not a school needed to license its online program was based on state law, most of which only required licensure if the school was located in the state or actively marketed in that state.