Online Learning State Authorizations
A good regulatory framework for online learning can expand access to affordable, high quality options for postsecondary education.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education required each state to authorize education offered from institutions outside their state.
Florida is currently a part of the State Regional Education Board's (SREB) Electronic Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA), which allows online courses approved by their home state to be delivered to any state who is part of the agreement. The agreement ends on June 30, 2016.
Florida legislation was signed June 9, 2017, by the Governor
This bill establishes the Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council within the Department of Education, authorizing the Governor to request the council to convene for the purpose of reconsidering participation in a reciprocity agreement. The council will be required to collect annual fees from Florida institutions participating in a reciprocity agreement based on total full-time equivalent enrollment, etc.
From the Bill Summary:
The bill authorizes Florida to participate in a reciprocity agreement with other states for the delivery of postsecondary distance education. Specifically, the bill:
- Requires each member state or institution participating in the reciprocity agreement to accept each other’s authorization of accredited institutions to operate in their state to offer distance educational services beyond state boundaries.
- • Defines institution as a public or private postsecondary institution degree-granting college or university that is accredited by a federally recognized accrediting body and that awards, at a minimum, associate-level degrees requiring at least 2 years of full-time equivalent college work.