In May 2009, the Negotiated Rule Making Committee on Accreditation reached consensus on the provision in the Higher Education Opportunity Act which applied to student authentication:
Requires institutions that offer distance education or correspondence education to have processes in place through which the institution establishes that the student who registers in a distance education or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit.
The agency meets this requirement if it-
(1) Requires institutions to verify the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as-
a. A secure login and pass code;
b. Proctored examinations; and
c. New or other identification technologies that are effective in verifying student identification; and
(2) Makes clear in writing that institutions must use processes that protect student privacy and notify students of any projected additional charges associated with the verification of student identity at the time of registration or enrollment.
Below are some resources which may help you with the issue of Authentication on your campus and with NEASC's expectations.