Distance Education Approval

Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2020
News Description: 

All BPSS schools that were initially granted temporary approval under section 126.4(a) of the Commissioner’s regulations to offer theory coursework (and limited skills coursework on a case-by-case basis) through online learning modalities are now approved to offer such coursework via online learning modalities for the full duration of their approved curricula, i.e. until the date each curriculum is set to expire and requires reapproval.

In the interests of efficiency, BPSS will not re-issue approval letters for online curricula. The initial notice from BPSS reflecting temporary distance education approval, as per this guidance, shall have the force and effect of approval and shall be considered sufficient evidence of state authorization for distance education for the full duration of the approved curriculum. Such distance education approval may be rescinded for cause, based on a finding of non-compliance with the provisions of Part 126 of the Commissioner’s regulations.

At the time of curriculum reapproval, schools currently approved to offer coursework through online learning modalities will be required to submit additional information and documentation for the purpose of reapproval and meet any new requirements for online reapproval in effect at that time.

Beginning in the 2020-2021 reporting year, all schools approved to offer coursework through online learning modalities will be required to submit Occupational Education Data Survey data (due April 15, 2022) disaggregated by curricula offered in the following formats:  1) fully online; 2) hybrid/blended; and 3) face-to-face only. Schools should ensure current data collection efforts facilitate data reporting in this manner.