The article reports that the U.S. Congress is poised to remove a controversial restriction on distance education after more than a decade of heated debate. Congress had planned to take that action as part of the extension of the Higher Education Act this year. But with that legislation stalled, Republicans included an item to end the rule with other higher-education provisions in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Institutions are likely to either expand their current online offerings significantly or spin off established online programs as independent institutions.
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