50% Rule is going away ...

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by xgoddessx, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. xgoddessx

    xgoddessx New Member

    Yesterday, the U.S. House passed its version of the budget reconciliation bill. As the Senate has already passed its version, the bill now moves to the President who has indicated he will sign it.

    The repeal of the 50% rule is part of this bill. If President Bush signs it, the repeal will be effective July 1, 2006.

    The 50% rule, originally designed to curb the growth of diploma mills, is a law that is part of the Higher Education Act that restricts institutions from offering federal financial aid to its students if the school offers more than half of their courses by distance learning or if half or more of its students are enrolled in distance learning courses.

    Certainly online and distance education providers welcome this news!
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  2. IbnYusuf

    IbnYusuf member

    It's a very stupid rule, because it assumes and equates "distance learning" with "diploma mill". One can get a fake degree from a place that is "brick & mortar" (i.e., a trailer-house in Alabama) just as easily as from someplace that claims to be offering web-based courses.
  3. sentinel

    sentinel New Member

    And schools like American Military University and American Public University only have distance education students. Their degrees are 100% online.

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