Category Archives: legislation

A New Year, a New Administration, a New Higher Education Act Reauthorization?

Earlier this year, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called this election a “dumpster fire.” We were reminded of this insight by Terry Hartle (Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs of the American Council on Education) at last week’s Presidents’ Forum. Hoping to raise the level of dialogue beyond that surrounding a dumpster […]

Interpreting what is Required for “Regular and Substantive Interaction”

As greater numbers of students move into online and competency-based education programs, we have seen new interest in understanding the Department of Education’s regulations. In particular, faculty and administrators seek to understand how the Department interprets rules requiring courses to include “regular and substantive interaction,” especially in distance and competency-based education. Those of us in […]

Call to Action: Comment on State Authorization for Distance Education Regulation

I encourage you and/or your institution to submit comments on the state authorization regulation proposed recently (press release, proposed regulations) by the U.S. Department of Education. In a recent post, I gave you a “first look” at the language, included some analysis about what is new, and commented on some implications. In this post, I will […]

Call to Action: EVERYONE Should Respond to Teacher Prep Distance Ed Regs

If you have not paid attention to the proposed “Teacher Prep” regulations, it’s time to do so. Once again “distance education” is being treated differently by the U.S. Department of Education. Certainly, institutions with distance education programs that prepare students to become certified K-12 teachers should respond. In talks with Deborah Koolbeck (Director, Government Relations) […]

Congress Proposes Changes to Student Data Usage and Privacy Regulations

Van Davis, Blackboard’s new Associate Vice President of Higher Education Research and Policy, is today’s guest blogger. We’re all engaged in assuring that student data is used properly. Van gives us an insight into legislation that may add new responsibilities in protecting student data and privacy. Thank you for the update, Van. We live in a society awash […]

OER Supported by North Dakota Legislators

Today we have the privilege of hearing from Tanya Spilovoy, director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System, as she shares with us the journey of an open educational resource initiative that has what we all want for higher education — support from legislators.  Folks love to talk about the soaring […]

Goodbye Lake Wobegone: Proposed Teacher Prep Regulations and Distance Ed

December 12, 2014 It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone… …and then new Teacher Prep regulations were released. On December 3rd, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed new accountability regulations for teacher preparation programs.  Public comment will be accepted until February 2, 2015.  If implemented, these regulations will have a big impact on […]

MOOCs & Beyond: Update on California Government-Driven Online Initiatives

As part of our current series on MOOCs, we had planned to have Phil Hill (co-founder of MindWires Consulting and co-publisher of the e-Literate blog) as a guest blogger to update a January 2013 post for WCET in which he outlined how the California government was trying to drive higher ed.  Given today’s news about […]

SARA Update: All Dressed Up and Raring to Go

In recent weeks I have received several inquiries about that status of SARA – the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.   Since the national meeting in April, there has been activity, but it has been slower than hoped.  To be clear, I am not in charge of SARA, but I have been part of many discussions and […]

Five more years of inaccessibility?

WCET welcomes Lauren McLarney of the National Federation of the Blind in giving us some recent history of and the next steps for proposed regulations regarding accessibility to educational technologies for those with disabilities.  Thank you Lauren. I was in college a mere five years ago, but in that short period of time things have […]