Taking Advantage of Department of Education’s New Distance Education and Innovation Regulations in the Midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic

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The COVID 19 pandemic has transformed distance education from a needed adjunct to traditional classroom educational delivery to the core mode of delivery with  traditional classroom delivery being relegated as the adjunct. With fortuitous timing, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued its final rules on Distance Education and Innovation on September 2, 2020. 

The stated purpose of these regulations was to shakeup rigid regulatory restraints that are holding back educational modernization in the areas of distance education and new delivery systems of educational content, including new modes of measuring student success.   

This presentation will provide an overview of the distance education approval process.  While many institutions have been permitted by ED and their accreditors to skip this process because of the pandemic, in 2021 institutions will have to reckon with these requirements. This presentation will explain how institutions can properly transition to providing approved distance education programs.

Join this webinar with Ms. Gallegos, where she will provide an overview of these new regulations, of which institutions may begin to take advantage immediately.

Session Highlights:

The presentation will include a discussion of the most significant changes introduced by the regulations including 

  • Clarification of distinction between Distance Education and Correspondence Courses

  •  New definition of “Regular and Substantive Interaction” required for distance education. 

  • Explanation of when institutions may engage instructional teams in the delivery of education through distance education.

  •  New flexibilities regarding Competency-Based Education (CBE) and Direct Assessment programs that potentially shorten the time to degree completion and the cost of completing a credential.

  •  Integration and acceptance of “Subscription-Based” programs.

  •  Requirement for ED to act promptly on applications by institutions seeking certification or re-certification to participate as an eligible institution in programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

  •  Such applications historically have taken months or even years for resolution.

  •  Simplification of clock-to-credit conversion process.   

Why You Should Attend:

 As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, many institutions are being introduced to distance education for the first time or massively expanding their distance education programs. While many institutions have been permitted by ED and their accreditors to skip this process because of the pandemic, in 2021 institutions will have to reckon with these requirements. This presentation will explain how institutions can properly transition to providing approved distance education programs. Even those institutions that are providing approved distance educations, must become acquainted with these new regulations and as certain whether they want to implement them before the July 2021 effective date, as permitted by ED. 

The speaker will accept emails and calls after the presentation. She will provide sample provisions from regional and state accreditors regarding the distance education approval process that attendees may use to inform them of the process for obtaining approval after ED’s interim relaxation of the rules end.  

 Who Should Attend:

  •  Officers and owners of institutions of Higher Education

  •  Investors in post-secondary institutions 

  • Deans of students 

  • ADA coordinators 

  • Post secondary regulatory and compliance professionals   

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Yolanda  Gallegos

Yolanda Gallegos

In 1998 Yolanda Gallegos established the Gallegos Legal Group, a law firm specializing in the representation of colleges and universities.  Ms. Gallegos has represented private sector schools throughout the country for over 30 years.  Her practice focuses on guiding posts econdary schools through critical events such as governmental and accreditor investigations, corporate expansion and downsizing, and operational adjustments required in response to regulatory changes.    

Yolanda has served as an expert witness in federal and state courts on matters related to the regulation of student financial aid and is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of regulatory topics affecting higher education including her chapter on the Violence Against Woman Act regulations, which was published by Thomson Reuters in its book, Emerging Issues in College and University Security.   

Having successfully defended dozens of institutions in program reviews and audits before the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Yolanda has extensive experience in navigating the ED administrative hearing process.  She also has extensive experience with accreditation and state licensing matters. 

Yolanda Gallegos commenced her legal career as a fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation.  She was one of only three fellows selected in a nationwide search for the paid fellowship.  Upon completion, she earned an LLM in Advocacy.  That same year, the D.C. Bar selected Yolanda for its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award for her representation of a Salvadoran immigrant. Her litigation resulted in a significant settlement and pleading templates for other Central American immigrants in similar plights.   

From Georgetown, Yolanda worked in private practice and developed an expertise in higher education law.  The first ten years after laws school, she practiced in Washington, D.C. and served as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 1997.   

Yolanda received her J.D. in 1986 from the University Of New Mexico School of Law and her LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.  She is a member of both the District of Columbia and New Mexico Bars.

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