On April 1, the U.S. Department of Education issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to seek comment on certain issues related to teacher preparation programs offered by institutions of higher education via distance education.
On June 5 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision that invalidates parts of the Department of Education’s “program integrity” regulations but for the most part upholds them. The challenged regulations address incentive payments to student recruiters, misrepresentation in marketing and advertising, and state authorization. Last July, a
The U.S. Department of Education announced in the Federal Register that it plans to develop new regulations to prevent fraud and promote proper use of federal student financial aid funds awarded to distance education students. The May 1 announcement follows an earlier ED Office of the Inspector General report that described the increase in fraud-related incidents