Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper Named to National Commission on Distance Education
May 30, 2012 -- TEMPE, AZ -- Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, is one of 20 education leaders appointed to a commission to study the regulation of distance education.
Dr. Glasper's appointment to the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education was announced recently by its founding organizations, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the State Higher Education Officers (SHEEO). The commission is headed by former U.S. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley.
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.