On Oct. 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released the following new regulation for higher education institutions as “§ 600.9(c) State authorization”1:
“If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request.”
Institutions are expected to comply in each state in which they ‘operate’ by July 1, 2014.
MCC is a member of a national reciprocity agreement under NC-SARA,
Metropolitan Community College is governed by its Board of Trustees and overseen by the Missouri Board of Higher Education. Since not all of our online students are residents of Missouri we must also respect the rules and regulations of other states higher education governing bodies.
This means that while we can offer our online education opportunities to most students, some state do not qualify and residents their state is approved to allow participate in our online programs and offerings.