The sudden shift to online learning as a result of COVID-19 has emphasized the need for updated regulations regarding distance learning in higher education. As a consequence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules Wednesday that would add upon last year’s proposed Distance Learning and Innovation regulation, states a press release from the Department of Education.
The proposed ruled will have a 30-day comment period and the department will publish a final regulation prior to Nov. 1, 2020.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
“We know there are fewer and fewer ‘traditional’ students in higher education, and this current crisis has made crystal clear the need for more innovation,” said DeVos. “It’s past time we rethink higher ed to meet the needs of all students. Fortunately, we started work last year to develop a new set of standards that are responsive to current realities, that embrace new technology, that open doors for much-needed innovation in higher education, and that expand access for students to the flexible, relevant education opportunities they need.”
According to the press statement, the proposed regulation will do the following: