Department of Ed Change May Result in More Institutions Needing Distance Education Approvals from Accrediting Agencies

We are just now figuring out that both accrediting agencies and institutions may have more work ahead of them in meeting federal requirements regarding oversight of distance learning programs. Sometimes at first look, we don’t fully comprehend the impact that a change in regulation or Department of Education (the Department) guidance might have out in […]

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Enabling Difference – Stories of Equity in Higher Education

The WCET team has committed to working toward a more equitable world through our work on digital learning in higher education. This fall we will dedicate the month of August to discussion of equity and inclusion in higher education, planned and coordinated by a work group of the WCET Steering Committee. Today, we’re joined by Chantae […]

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Comment Period Open for “21st Century Guidelines for Distance Education”

NC-SARA has opened a two month opportunity for SARA state members, SARA participating institutions, and members of the public to submit comments regarding the 21st Century Guidelines from June 2, 2021 through August 2, 2021. Institutions that obtain state institutional approval through reciprocity for their out-of-state distance education related activities by participating in SARA (State […]

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A Timely Case Study on Federal Rulemaking

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Regular readers of WCET Frontiers will recall that we avidly follow the U.S. Department of Education’s quest to develop regulations through the negotiated rulemaking process. Rulemaking is a complicated and intriguing process. Our colleagues, Jeannie Yockey-Fine with NC-SARA and Shari Miller with Institutional Compliance Matters are here today to assist me with sharing about an […]

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Intention to Initiate Federal Rulemaking Announced

This week we saw the start of what we have been expecting from the new administration – new rulemaking. Experts have shared for months that the Biden Administration and the Department of Education have prioritized several issues to address including: Title IX, Borrower Defense to Repayment, Gainful Employment, 90/10 Rule, and FAFSA Simplification. These priorities […]

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New Report: Research Review of EdTech and Student Success for Racial and Ethnic Groups

WCET and the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) announce today’s release of a new joint report: “Research Review: Educational Technologies and Their Impact on Student Success for Racial and Ethnic Groups of Interest.” Purpose The events of the past year highlighted the inequities faced by those who have traditionally not been […]

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How Social Scientists Can Contribute to Online Teaching and Learning: Research, Teaching, and Mentorship

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Today’s guest authors, Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Rebecca Thomas from the Ecampus Research Unit with Oregon State University’s Ecampus are here to discuss how social scientists can contribute to online teaching and learning research. Thank you to both of them for today’s post. Enjoy the read and enjoy your day, Lindsey Downs, WCET While […]

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“What is College Worth?” – Postsecondary Value Commission Addresses that Question

What is the value of a college education? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Value Commission released today the first in a series of reports, data tools, and action agendas to address this elusive question. Students, parents, employers, and policymakers increasingly question the collegiate investment if the economic return is not apparent, opportunity costs […]

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Thoughts on the Next Frontier of Higher Ed Digital Learning, Delivery Modalities, and WCET Summit 2021

This month WCET wrapped its two-part epic mini-series Practical Considerations for an Uncertain Future. Both sessions were filled with, as our Executive Director put it, never-ending and only slightly miserable chess/Queen’s Gambit, Star Wars, and Star Trek references plus amazing sessions and discussions with the superstars of digital learning in higher education. Episode 1 – […]

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The Round-Out Rule and What Institutions and Military-Affiliated Students Need to Know

For the last several years, WCET has shared about the implications on GI Benefits for Veterans who participate in courses solely online. Student utilizing GI Bill benefits who participate in a full-term course load solely at a distance are eligible through Federal law to receive only half the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of the eligible […]

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