ERIC Number: ED421990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
When Distance Education Crosses State Boundaries: Western States' Policies. 1995.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.
This report summarizes western states' policies and regulations governing the approval of higher education programs electronically delivered across state lines by institutions in other states. It caps the first year's activities in a 3-year Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications project, "Balancing Quality and Access: Reducing State Policy Barriers to Electronically Delivered Higher Education Programs," designed to foster an interstate environment that encourages the interstate electronic delivery of quality higher education programs. The following states are included: Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oregon; South Dakota; Utah; Washington; and Wyoming. The data was obtained through a written survey and request for documents from the states' higher education agencies, and a series of phone interviews with individuals in the state-level offices and in higher education institutions in the West. Also included is a table summarizing the states' policy data, and contact information for each state's higher education agency. Two appendices contain: (1) "Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic Degree and Certificate Programs," developed by representatives of the states' higher education agencies, higher education institutions, and the regional accrediting community; and (2) "Project Overview and Implementation Options."
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Information Policy, Information Transfer, Open Universities, Postsecondary Education, Surveys, Telecommunications, Telecourses
Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, WICHE, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752; phone: 303-541-0290; World Wide Web: http://www.wiche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.