Overview

Online and distance education is an important part of Goucher College's Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. The center offers seven master's degree programs, including five programs offered in low-residency, distance learning formats.

On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new "program integrity" regulations that focused on the need for institutions offering distance education programs to acquire authorization from any state in which they operate.   While the regulation has since been vacated by court order, Goucher, nevertheless, intends to seek and obtain state authorization in all states that require it to do so.   To that end, Goucher College is working in cooperation with state agencies throughout the country to evaluate and comply with state authorization regulations.  While Goucher works towards compliance in all states, we have temporarily placed a hold on admissions in the state of Alabama and Wisconsin.

In addition, on-site internship placements are not currently available in the following states:

Connecticut
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Nevada
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
Texas
Tennessee
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin                                                                                                                                      

On-line placements in these states may be available. Consult your academic advisor for assistance in locating an appropriate placement.

Complaint Resolution

In compliance with the new regulations, an institution offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state.

Goucher College Accreditation
Goucher College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission has authorized Goucher to offer baccalaureate and master’s degrees and post baccalaureate and professional graduate certificates. Click here for information about filing a complaint with MSCHE.

Goucher Student Grievance Procedure
Goucher College has a Student Grievance Procedure that you are encouraged to utilize. For information or questions about this procedure, contact Barbara Stob, Assistant General Counsel, 410-337-6011, bstob@goucher.edu.

Complaint resolution contacts by state
In compliance with Federal Department of Education regulations, click this link for information about filing consumer complaints in the states in which Goucher offers distance education programs.

If you need additional assistance in locating state complaint procedures, please contact Barbara Stob, Assistant General Counsel, 410-337-6011, bstob@goucher.edu.

More information

WCET summary of requirements
WCET has compiled a summary of what states and institutions need to do to meet the new federal regulations.