Category Archives: military

Converting Experience into Credit: Lessons in Serving Military-related (or Any) Students

When we asked Sara Appel to write a guest blog post for us, we did not know we would also be advocating for increased GI Bill benefits, but it fits in with the unexpected military theme. But, it’s more than that. Sara’s project for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact provides us with great lessons in […]

Let’s Not Let Them Down – Stories from Veterans on Housing Allowance

Following up on the Housing Allowance for Veteran Distance Ed “The technology has advanced, but not the laws” says one of the veterans, Aaron Slatton, whom we spoke with this week regarding the Basic Housing Allowance reduction imposed on veterans who take classes fully online. “Simply put,” he said, “there is less benefit.” The GI […]

Ask Congress to Address the Housing Allowance for Online Veterans in New GI Bill

Veterans taking all their college courses online are getting short-changed. As Congress moves to rework the GI Bill, let’s get them to fix this problem. We need your help. Read the background and see how to respond at the end. The GI Bill Reduces the Housing Allowance for Fully Online Students Veterans of the U.S. […]

The Military Advances on Credentialing and Quality Reviews: Pay Attention

Military personnel and veterans are eager to learn…and most of them do so using educational technologies and distance learning. Given that the United States has been involved in two wars for more than a decade, how do they defend the country and earn a degree in their spare time? Cheryl Dowd and I attended the […]

State Authorization & Supervised Field Experiences: Easier Than You Think

We welcome guest blogger Alan Contreras who is a former regulator for the state of Oregon and is the chief interpreter (not his official title) for all the details of how states and colleges are implementing SARA (the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) in their own settings. SARA allows some field experiences (face-to-face clinical, practica, interships […]

State Authorization: Education Pauses, Defense Follows, and We Webcast It All

It has been a few weeks since Ted Mitchell, the U.S. Department of Education’s Under Secretary for Postsecondary Education, announced that there will be a “pause” in proposing new federal state authorization regulations for distance education. According to Inside Higher Ed, he said: “It’s complicated, and we want to get it right.” In this blog […]

State Authorization: Updates on SARA, the Military, and the USDOE Regulation

In the last several weeks there have been several developments regarding state authorization of distance education courses and programs.  Here is a summary of those activities. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement The four regional higher education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission […]

How Online Ed Helped a Veteran Meet His Goals and How He Helps Others

In honor of Memorial Day in the United States, our guest blogger is Gregory Barber who is retired from the U.S. Air Force.  While learning online at the University of Maryland University College, he has lead in helping other veterans succeed in their studies.  We thought you should hear his story…and thank members of the […]

State Authorization: Reciprocity Update, New Military Rules, and New Survey

The work on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is moving forward and I’m inviting you to give some feedback.  Additionally, significant new rules regarding state authorization for military personnel are on the near horizon.  For those waiting for state authorization to “go away,” they may not be too happy. Finally, we’re updating our survey on […]

Reduced Pell Grants for Distance Students? We Need Your Help.

Deep within an appropriations bill that was recently passed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is a provision that could have a deep financial impact on the most cash-strapped undergraduate distance students.  The bill proposes to disallow counting the “room and board” costs and “personnel expenses” (such as a computer) as part of each […]