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1 Emerging Policy Directions in Distance Education and Accreditation John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

2 William Tyndale ( ) 7/13/2012SHEEO Annual Meeting2

3 The Online Challenge Content accessible and available to anyone, anytime means that: Colleges/universities no longer control process Home schooling has gone to college Quality control is a major concern Role of faculty in flux Role of traditional campuses in flux Definitions of core concepts (e.g., credit, degree) in flux Criteria for credentials (i.e., learning outcomes vs. seat time credit accrual) in flux 7/13/2012SHEEO Annual Meeting3

4 The Accreditation Challenge 7/13/2012SHEEO Annual Meeting4 What is/are the proper level(s) of accreditation? Institutional? Content? Both? Who establishes quality control standards for content? How to handle Open Educational Resources (e.g., MOOCs, MITx, etc.) Who establishes criteria for credentials? Higher education only/largely? Higher education with persons in professions? What are the roles of the federal and state governments? Set boundary conditions? No direct role?


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