OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5071

AN ACT REQUIRING CONNECTICUT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT REGARDING DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Office of Higher Education (OHE), by January 1, 2017, to enter into a multistate or regional reciprocity agreement to allow Connecticut and its higher education institutions to participate in a nationwide state authorization reciprocity agreement on distance learning programs. The agreement must (1) establish uniform standards across states and (2) eliminate the need for participating states to assess the quality of a program offered by an out-of-state institution. (Presumably, the participating state would accept the authorization that an institution obtains from its home state.)

By law, a person, school board, association, or corporation must be licensed by OHE to operate a program of higher learning or higher education institution in Connecticut (CGS 10a-34 et seq.). The bill allows out-of-state institutions that participate in the reciprocity agreement to operate a distance learning program in Connecticut, without licensure from OHE, in accordance with the agreement's uniform standards. They may do so upon OHE entering into the agreement.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

13

Nay

1

(02/25/2016)