The Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board

The Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) is attached to the Higher Educational Aids Board under Wis. Stats. s. 15.03. The board was created under Wisconsin Act 208 and Wis. Stats. s. 39.85 in order to enter into an interstate reciprocity agreement related to state authorization and oversight of distance education programs. A distance education program is defined as "the offering of courses for credit to students in another jurisdiction that will lead to a degree or certificate from the institution offering the course."

The DLAB serves as Wisconsin's portal entity, with membership from each higher education sector including the University of Wisconsin System (UWS), the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). One member represents Wisconsin's Tribal Colleges and the final member is the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, which has statutory authority over for-profit colleges and universities operating in Wisconsin.

The DLAB met for the first time on May 26, 2016 and elected the following officers for terms ending December 31, 2017:

  • Chair: WTCS President Morna Foy;
  • Vice Chair: UWS President Ray Cross; and
  • Secretary: WAICU President Rolf Wegenke

Other members are Barb Lundberg, Interim President, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and Laura Gutiérrez, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.