[caption id="attachment_64708" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="A federal rule might force colleges to withdraw from states with small populations."][/caption]

Members of an influential online-learning task force said states should create uniform standards for online colleges and universities, making it easier for institutions to comply with a federal rule that will prove costly and confusing to web-based schools.

The Education Department’s (ED) state authorization rule, scheduled to take effect July 1, would force online colleges to seek authorization from agencies in every state where their students are...

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