Apr 11, 2013 2:47 PM by JD Downing
(AP) - A group of education organizations and state leaders is proposing a kind of national treaty that would regulate online education. The arrangement, announced Thursday, would create a common market and make it easier for institutions to enroll students anywhere in the country.
Currently, regulations that authorize universities' and companies' online courses vary from state to state.
The proposed state compact would also create a uniform set of consumer protections. That could give students in some states new recourse to complain to state regulators about a program that's based elsewhere. But in some states, the common standard could dilute oversight.
About 7 million U.S. students currently access college courses online.