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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 7DEGREE GRANTING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OTHER THAN TEXAS PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §7.14Distance Education Approval Processes for Degree Granting Colleges and Universities Other Than Texas Public Institutions

An institution which does not meet the definition of institution of higher education contained in Texas Education Code §61.003 and wishes to offer distance education to students in Texas must follow the requirements in paragraph (1) or (2) of this section. For the purposes of this section distance education shall mean education or training delivered off campus via educational technologies where the student(s) and the instructor(s) are separated by physical distance and/or time.

  (1) Exempt Institutions.

    (A) An institution is exempt and does not need to receive permission from the Board to offer distance education programs and courses to Texas students if it fulfills the following:

      (i) Accredited to offer degrees at a specific level either by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board or an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education of the U.S. Department of Education or approved by a Texas state agency which authorizes the school's graduates to take a professional or career and technical state licensing examination administered by that agency; and

      (ii) No physical presence in the state as defined by §7.3 of this chapter (relating to Definitions).

    (B) An institution is also exempt and does not need to receive permission from the Board to offer distance education programs and courses to Texas students if it is covered by a reciprocal state exemption agreement.

    (C) An institution's exemption applies only to the degree level for which the programs or institution is accredited.

    (D) An institution's exemption under subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph continues as long as it is in compliance with subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph. Exempt institutions must also maintain compliance with subparagraph (C) of this paragraph. If an institution is no longer accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board or an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education of the U.S. Department of Education or no longer approved by a Texas state agency which authorizes the school's graduates to take a professional or career and technical state licensing examination administered by that agency and/or maintains a physical presence in Texas or if an institution is no longer covered by a reciprocal state exemption agreement, the institution is no longer eligible for an exemption and must receive Board authority to offer distance education to Texas students. The institution would need to either submit an application for a Certificate of Authority as outlined under §7.8 of this chapter (relating to Institutions Not Accredited by a Board-Recognized Accreditor) or for a Certificate of Authorization as outlined under §7.7 of this chapter (relating to Institutions Accredited by Board-Recognized Accreditors).

  (2) Nonexempt Institutions.

    (A) An institution is not exempt and must receive Board permission to offer distance education programs and courses to Texas students if it fulfills any of the following:

      (i) Is accredited to offer degrees at a specific level by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board or approved by a Texas state agency which authorizes the school's graduates to take a professional or career technical state licensing examination administered by that agency and maintains a physical presence in Texas as defined by §7.3 of this chapter; the institution would need to submit an application for a Certificate of Authorization as outlined under §7.7 of this chapter; or

      (ii) Is not accredited to offer degrees at a specific level by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board or an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education of the U.S. Department of Education nor approved by a Texas state agency which authorizes the school's graduates to take a professional or career technical state licensing examination administered by that agency. The institution, whether or not it maintains a physical presence in Texas as defined by §7.3 of this chapter, would need to submit an application for a Certificate of Authority as outlined under §7.8 of this chapter.

    (B) An institution that would like to offer a degree program or courses leading to a degree in a religious discipline via distance education is exempt from seeking Board approval. A religious institution that would like to offer a degree program or courses leading to a degree in a non-religious discipline via distance education must follow the requirements outlined in subparagraph (A)(i) and (ii) of this paragraph.


Source Note: The provisions of this §7.14 adopted to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8012; amended to be effective May 29, 2012, 37 TexReg 3801; amended to be effective February 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 1152

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