Summary: Distance Education Demonstration Program
Author: OPE - Office of the Assistant Secretary for OPE
The Department of Education will conduct three regional meetings to provide advice and technical assistance to potential applicants for the Distance Education Demonstration Program authorized under section 486 of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Institutions that do not plan to apply but are interested in learning more about providing Federal financial aid to students enrolled in distance education programs under existing authorities are also welcome to attend.
The regional meetings will be held on February 11, 1999 in the District of Columbia, February 17, 1999 in San Francisco, California, and February 19, 1999 in Denver, Colorado. The regional meetings will begin with a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the Distance Education Demonstration Program and the application and selection processes for this program. Then, individuals will be provided an opportunity to ask questions regarding the application process and other matters relating to the Distance Education Demonstration Program. Department of Education staff with expertise on various issues relating to the Distance Education Demonstration Program will be available to answer these questions. Questions regarding eligibility and administration of Title IV, HEA student financial assistance programs may be relevant to institutions interested in applying for the Distance Education Demonstration Program. Accordingly, during the course of the meeting, Department staff will also address questions that relate generally to the administration of aid in distance education contexts.
Following is information concerning the hotels where the meetings will be held. The Department of Education has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at each of the hotels at a special government per diem room rate. To reserve these rates, be certain to inform the hotel that you are attending the regional meetings with the Department of Education. Registration for the meetings themselves is not required.
1. February 11, 1999, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Call (202) 842-1300 for hotel reservations. Sleeping room rate: $115 plus taxes. Reservations must be made by January 28th
2. February 17, 1999, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, The Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94109. Call 1-800- Holiday or (415) 441-4000 for hotel reservations. Sleeping room rate: $129 plus taxes. Reservations must be made by February 3rd.
3. February 19, 1999, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, The Adams Marc Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado 80202. Call 1-800-893-3333 for hotel reservations. Sleeping room rate: $80 plus taxes. Reservations must be made by February 5th.
The Department will publish a notice providing more information concerning these meetings in the Federal Register. It will also be posted on the Departments Web site. The information above is provided in advance so that individuals interested in attending can make appropriate arrangements for travel.
For further information contact Marianne R. Phelps, Telephone: (202) 708-5547,.or E-mail DistanceDemo@ed.gov. Information regarding the program as well as the Federal Register Notice of the Meeting when it is posted can also be found on the Web site of the Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov)