Nebraska Network 21


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This paper discusses distance education policy, specifically for Nebraska postsecondary institutions. Examples come from the Nebraska Community College System, Nebraska private colleges and universities, the Nebraska State College System, and the University of Nebraska system. While the pre-K to 12 educational system is not our objective, we will make some comments regarding linkages between them and the postsecondary institutions. 2 This draft paper includes a preliminary assessment of existing postsecondary distance education policies. We provide a general identification and analysis of policies and some initial conclusions and recommendations. Several useful tools for distance education policy development will be presented. We also offer a modest framework to study distance education policy. We believe this simple structure or an adaptation of it may be a useful policy formation instrument. Other tools emerged as alternatives to this framework or as components of it.