Coursera Not Allowed to Provide Courses to Minnesota Residents?
October 19, 2012 11:30 AM Subscribe
The State of Minnesota has informed Coursera
that it cannot offer courses to Minnesota residents because it has not obtained permission to do so from the state. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus blog reports on the story here
. The State was acting pursuant to the "Minnesota Private and Out-of-State Public Postsecondary Education Act,"
which requires schools to register with the state if they offer courses in Minnesota and requires approval if degrees are granted or the words "college" or "university" are used in the name of a school. The law was enacted in 1975 and appears to have been intended to be a consumer protection law. Noted First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh has opined at his blog
that the statute is unconstitutional, at least as applied to a web site that offers its courses for free and does not grant degrees.