Degree-granting Institutions of Higher Education who are not NC-SARA approved through their State Portal Entity because they do not offer online instruction, who are now seeking temporary authorization from the RIOPC during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer instruction online to Rhode Island residents, should request permission in writing to the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education and include details on how the institution is supporting such transition, and information related to technology, faculty training/support, student accessibility, anticipated duration of transition, and their student complaint resolution policy.


The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) is aware of the health concerns schools are facing due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  Approved proprietary schools may cease to offer face-to-face instruction to protect the well-being of students, staff and instructors, and offer distance education according to plans filed with the RIOPC.  Schools that do not have the ability to offer distance learning options to students may postpone classes for the immediate future, according to plans filed with the RIOPC.


Higher RI Summit


Summit for Postsecondary Attainment

Friday, October 13, 2017

Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI 

8:30am -- 4:30pm


The Higher RI Summit was an opportunity to hear from education and industry leaders, lawmakers, community members, students and many others as part of the state’s efforts to increase the number of Rhode Islanders with a postsecondary degree or credential. The core of the summit comprised four discussion panels on equity, affordability, workforce innovation, and strengthening partnerships (see full agenda). 

Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier hosted the event, and featured guests included Governor Gina Raimondo; Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation; Dr. David Dooley, President of the University of Rhode Island; Dr. Meghan Hughes, President of the Community College of Rhode Island; and Dr. Frank Sánchez, President of Rhode Island College, along with a host of national, state, and local leaders. See agenda for full list of panelists.

The summit was organized by the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, a public agency supporting the work of the Council on Postsecondary Education in providing an excellent, accessible and affordable system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of the citizens of Rhode Island, support economic development, and enrich the civic, social and cultural life of all living in the state of Rhode Island. 

The event was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. 

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