The Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC or Commission), pursuant to the authority set forth in the Education Licensure Commission Act of 1976 (the Act), effective April 6, 1977 (D.C. Law 1-104; D.C. Official Code § 38-1306(b)(3), 38-1309, and 38-1311 (2012 Repl. & 2016 Supp.)), and Mayor’s Order 89-120, dated May 31, 1989; and the State Superintendent of Education, pursuant to Section (3)(b)(6) of the State Education Office Establishment Act of 2000, effective October 21, 2000 (D.C. Law 13-176; D.C. Official Code § 38-2602(b)(6) (2012 Repl. & 2016 Supp.)), hereby gives notice of the adoption of a new Chapter 83 (Delivery of Online Instruction by a Postsecondary Educational Institution) of Title 5 (Education), Subtitle A (Office of the State Superintendent of Education), of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR).
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education is responsible for overseeing the functions and activities of the Commission. In this regard the Superintendent has reviewed this proposal.
The purpose of the rulemaking is to revise licensing requirements for postsecondary degree-granting and non-degree-granting educational institutions by adding procedures and standards for distance-learning institutions.
A Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking was published in the D.C. Register for a thirty (30) day public comment period on May 20, 2016, at 63 DCR 7726. The comment period officially closed on June 20, 2016. OSSE did not receive any comments and has not made any changes in the Final Rulemaking.
These rules have been “deemed approved” by the Council of the District of Columbia, pursuant to Section 6(b)(3) of the Act (D.C. Official Code § 38-1306(b)(3) (2012 Repl. & 2015 Supp.)). The rules were adopted as final on July 25, 2016 and will become effective upon publication of this notice in the D.C. Register.
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