Education Industry Reporter

House Passes Repeal of Credit Hour and State Authorization Regulations

Posted in Credit Hour, Department of Education, Higher Education News, Higher Education Policy, News from the Hill, State Authorization

Dennis Cariello

As reported by The Hill,  earlier this afternoon, Congress passed the “Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act” (H.R. 2117) by a 303-114 vote.  The legislation repealed the recently enacted federal definition of a credit hour and end the requirement that colleges obtain authorization to operate from every state where they enroll students in online classes.  Although there were initial questions over the level of Democratic member support fort he bill, in the end 69 Democrats joined a solid Republican Majority to pass the legislation.