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IBHE approval of distance education programs:

IBHE approval of distance education programs may not be necessary for those institutions with no physical presence in Illinois. Institutions that may meet the exemption requirements under Illinois statute should submit a request through the online submission process and staff will provide a response.

Distance Education Online Submission Form

The description of which institutions are required to receive approval to operate and grant degrees in Illinois and those which are not falls under 23 Illinois Administrative:

Section 1030.10  Institutions Required to Receive Approval

a)        Institutions Required to Receive Approval under the 1945 Act and this Part

1)         Any private or public person, group of persons, partnership or corporation that is or contemplates offering degrees or credit bearing instruction in Illinois above the high school level, either

A)       in residence or correspondence; or

B)       in the case of an institution offering online instruction, maintaining a physical facility in Illinois, providing instruction for students at a physical location, or physically providing core academic support services in Illinois, including but not limited to admission, evaluation, assessment, registration, financial aid, academic scheduling, and faculty hiring and support.

2)        After April 10, 2012, institutions described in subsection (a)(1) shall be limited to:

A)       Institutions that were not established and offering degrees in Illinois prior to July 17, 1945; or

B)        Institutions that result from a merger of other institutions, whether or not the merged institutions were in existence prior to July 17, 1945; or

C)        Institutions currently authorized or currently recognized by the Board that offer degrees or instruction in a new geographic location, whether or not the institution was in existence prior to July 17, 1945; or

D)        Institutions that have terminated operation and subsequently wish to resume operations as degree granting institutions, whether or not the former institution was in existence prior to July 17, 1945.

b)        Institutions Required to Receive Approval under the 1961 Act and this Part :

1)        Any private or public person, group of persons, partnership or corporation that is or contemplates offering degrees or credit bearing instruction in Illinois above the high school level, either

A)        in residence or correspondence; or

B)        in the case of an institution offering online instruction, maintaining a physical facility in Illinois, providing instruction for students at a physical location, or physically providing, out of an institutionally owned, operated or rented facility, core academic support services in Illinois, including but not limited to admission, evaluation, assessment, registration, financial aid, academic scheduling, and faculty hiring and support.

2)         The institutions described in subsection (b)(1) shall not be an Illinois public tax supported higher education institution, a labor union training program or a business trade or other corporate in-service training program

3)         After April 10, 2012, institutions described in subsection (b)(1) shall be limited to

A)        Institutions that were not operating or authorized to operate in Illinois on August 14, 1961; or

B)        Institutions that result from a merger of other institutions, whether or not the merged institutions were authorized to operate on August 14, 1961; or

C)        Institutions currently authorized or currently recognized by the Board that offer degrees or instruction in a new geographic location, whether or not the institution was authorized to operate on August 14, 1961; or

D)        Institutions that have terminated operation and subsequently wish to resume operation as degree-granting institutions, whether or not the former institution was authorized to operate on August 14, 1961.

c)         Exemption from Approval Requirements 
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2)         Institutions with Limited Physical Presence in Illinois
Any public or private person, group of persons, partnership or corporation that is located outside of the State of Illinois that is or contemplates offering instruction in Illinois above the high school level is not required under either the 1945 Act or the 1961 Act to obtain a Certificate of Approval or operating or degree authorization if the institution has a limited physical presence in the State.  No such institution shall be considered to have limited physical presence for any geographic location and program in Illinois unless it has received a written finding from the Board that it has such a limited physical presence.  In determining whether an institution has a limited physical presence, the Board shall require the following:

    A)       Evidence of authorization to operate in at least one other state; and

    B)       Evidence of accreditation by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; and

    C)       Evidence that the institution does not offer degrees or credit bearing coursework from a physical location owned, operated or rented by the institution in Illinois, or does not provide instruction for students at a physical location owned, operated or rented by the institution in Illinois; and

    D)       Evidence that the institution does not maintain a physical facility in Illinois or does not physically provide out of an institutionally owned, operated or rented facility core academic support services in Illinois, including but not limited to admissions, evaluation, assessment, registration, financial aid, academic scheduling, and faculty hiring and support in the State of Illinois.

 

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