The commission will research and develop recommendations to address the regulatory costs and inefficiencies faced by postsecondary institutions that, while offering educational opportunities in multiple state jurisdictions, must comply with state regulations that often are inconsistent.
“I’m glad to have a chance to participate in the important work of the Commission,” Dr. Glasper said. “The way things stand now, there is a discordant network of state laws and regulations that impede the access of people who want to participate in distance education. If we do this correctly, we can smooth the way for more people to get the affordable and convenient education they are seeking.”
APLU, SHEEO and many others collaborated in organizing the Commission to provide a setting for interested parties to consider the issues and make practical recommendations that might be widely adopted. The Commission’s first meeting is June 12 in Washington, D.C.
In addition to Dr. Glasper and Mr. Riley, commission members include several university presidents, heads of educational organizations and officials with experience in state government.
The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges regionally accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.