Kan. universities could join regional online group

Topeka State Capital Building

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A bill before the Kansas Legislature would allow the state’s universities to streamline efforts to offer online courses to out-of-state students.

University officials testified in support of the bill Thursday in the Kansas House. It would allow Kansas to join a regional group of states that would establish standards for online courses and authorize the member states to provide online courses in each state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1eEFsVH ) current regulations require each school must get approval from each state where it enrolls students.

The bill would allow the Kansas Board of Regents to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA.

State public universities estimate participating in the group would save $529,000 each year.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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