Mapping Your Future: Department to offer webinars on new distance education regulations



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Department to offer webinars on new distance education regulations

By Catherine Mueller

April 01, 2021

Since online education will likely be a part of higher education beyond the pandemic, it’s probably a good idea to learn about new distance education regulations to be implemented later this year.

In a March 18 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Department of Education announced that the  Office of Postsecondary Education will offer several live webinars to provide more information about the provisions of the Distance Education and Innovation regulations.

According to the DCL, the Office of Postsecondary Education will host several webinars that will provide an overview of the changes to regulatory requirements in the Distance Education and Innovation regulations, which were published on September 2, 2020 and will be effective July 1, 2021 (unless early implemented by institutions).

The Department said these webinars will provide detailed information about changes to the regulations included in the Distance Education and Innovation final rule. Each webinar will address a separate set of topics from the regulations:

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress and Return of Title IV Funds
    Presented by David Bartnicki (FSA) and Aaron Washington (OPE)
    Monday, April 12, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (EST)
  • Distance Education and Institutional Eligibility
    Presented by Greg Martin (OPE) and David Musser (FSA)
    Monday, April 26, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (EST)
  • Subscription-Based Programs
    Presented by Greg Martin (OPE) and David Musser (FSA)
    Monday, May 10, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (EST)

Additional information, including instructions to register for these webinars, will be provided in a future announcement from the Department of Education.