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Department of Education Extends Distance Ed Flexibility Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it will extend current guidance related to distance education review requirements through December 31, 2020, providing higher education institutions the flexibility necessary to create and implement distance learning programs for students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

C-RAC members sent a letter to the Department in April urging continued flexibility through the 2020-2021 academic year “to allow institutions to make critical planning decisions necessary in the coming weeks,” noting that colleges, universities, and systems “need as much reassurance possible that they can proceed in educationally responsible ways with the flexibility their accredited status and educational missions deserve.” Read the C-RAC letter here.

Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of C-RAC and president of the Higher Learning Commission, said, “C-RAC members appreciate this extension, which allows us additional latitude to continue collaborating with institutions as they develop and offer remote learning programs to serve students during this challenging time.”

To view the Department’s updated guidance, click here.

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