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State Authorization: Progress, Potholes, And Promise

Russ Poulin (WICHE, USA)
Marshall Hill (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements NC-SARA, USA)
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October 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
Leadership, Values and Society
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere A1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 7

States continue to expect institutions to comply with their laws any time that the institution serves students within the state's borders. This interactive session will update you on several state authorization issues and peer into what's coming in the near future. Topics include: trends in state regulations, the status of federal compliance for the Departments of Education and Defense, the regulation for face-to-face programs, the progress of states joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and the expectations of institutions participating in SARA. Bring your questions as we'll focus on the issues of most importance to you.

Lead Presenter
Russ Poulin Russ Poulin organizes information-sharing activities among WCET's members. Based in Boulder, Colorado, WCET has members throughout the U.S., Canada, and seven other countries. Russ edits WCET's Frontiers blog and has lead national responses on new federal distance education regulations. Russ coordinates WCET's research on the management of online learning and works on elearning consortia issues. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Marshall Hill

Marshall A. Hill is Executive Director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. His involvement with SARA spans work with the Presidents’ Forum/ Council of State Governments drafting team, the development of SARA agreements with the country’s four regional higher education compacts, and membership on the National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education.  

Prior to assuming his NC-SARA position in August of 2013, he served eight years as executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Before his work in Nebraska, he was assistant commissioner for universities and health-related institutions at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

He has served on four negotiated rule-making panels for the U.S. Department of Education, negotiating federal rules affecting accreditation and student financial aid. Active in several regional and national organizations, during 2012-2013 he served as chair of the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers association (SHEEO).

Prior to his statewide work, he was a faculty member for 17 years, conducting choirs and orchestras at Cumberland College, Duquesne University, Utah State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hill earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in music from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in music education, with a minor in higher education, from Florida State University.