Restructuring Our Faculty Learning Community

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In today’s blog, we welcome Laura Sankovich from Capella University. It is increasingly difficult to create and maintain community with adjunct faculty members who work remotely and yet this is a reality in higher education. In this blog, Laura discusses a specific initiative within the MBA program — the development of Core Faculty Pods — […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: Accreditation, Student Identify Verification, Student Disclosures, and Other Proposed Regulations

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This is the fourth and final post in our blog post series on the results of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. You may recall that there were many issues covered by the negotiated rulemaking committee and to our pleasant surprise, consensus was reached. With so many issues, we divided our review of […]

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State Authorization Lawsuit: Court and Ed Department Need to Work Together to Avoid Causing More Confusion for Students and Institutions

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As one of my favorite columnists, Dave Barry, used to say, “I am not making this up!”  Maybe what I am about to share isn’t as exciting to you as last week’s release of “Avengers: Endgame” or Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode, but I kid you not, we are living in real life plot twisting […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: The Complexity of “Regular and Substantive Interaction”

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This is the third in our blog post series on the results of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. The first in the series focused an overview of process, issues, and next steps. The second covered rules for state authorization. Today, we focus on definitions that seem like they should be easy, but […]

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The University of Missouri System Seeks Success in eLearning Through Innovative, Needs-Based Approach

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Today we welcome Steven Chaffin, Research Consultant, and Steve Graham, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, both from the University of Missouri System. Online learning is an increasingly attractive alternative for students and educational institutions, and yet, to be successful in this realm requires thoughtful and deliberate action. Let us learn from the trail-blazing […]

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Finding Inspiration for Strategic Planning

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Today we welcome Judith Sebesta, Executive Director of Virtual College of Texas as she shares a poignant, entertaining story of valuing strategic planning and the many benefits it offers all organizations, particularly those that receive state legislative appropriations. Enjoy! -Erin Walton – contract editor for WCET The classic Pixar movie Toy Story conveys some compelling […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: What Happened with State Authorization and Licensure Notifications?

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In this second of our blogs dedicated to exploring the outcomes of the recent negotiated rulemaking sessions, Cheryl Dowd and Russ Poulin focus on the state authorization for distance education language that transpired from those conversations. They also share some integral changes to professional licensure notifications, as those requirements have been expanded to ALL programs […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking Reaches Consensus: An Overview of Processes, Issues, and Next Steps

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In this first of several blogs dedicated to sharing the meaningful outcomes of the three-month negotiated rulemaking sessions, Cheryl Dowd and Russ Poulin announce some exciting news and provide an overall assessment of the process and results from these important sessions. Enjoy! –Erin Walton, contract editor for WCET Consensus was a surprise! That is right, […]

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The Connected Student and the Internet of Things

Today we welcome Mickey Slimp, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet), located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, where he also serves as an associate provost of academic affairs. In his blog, Mickey discusses the realities of thriving in an Internet dependent society. More importantly, […]

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Announcing 10 Tips for Report Writers

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In this blog, we welcome Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Kathryn Linder from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit as they introduce a companion resource: 10 Tips for Report Writers. This new resource was thoughtfully developed to assist practitioners and researchers in the field. Like the Report Reader Checklist, this resource serves as a […]

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