New Federal Regulations Ready for Your Comments – Accreditation-Related Regulations

A July 2019 calendar with July 12 circled in red

This is the second of two posts on the new regulations that the U.S. Department of Education released in the Federal Register earlier this week. The first post focused on state authorization and student notification issues. This post focuses on several issues under the purview of accreditation. Do read down through the list of regulations […]

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

PIcture of judge gavel placed beside two books.

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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UNLV Pays a Cost for Not Notifying Students about Charges for Proctoring Services

image of text reading: The moral of this story: Just in case anyone doubts it…there is a cost for not being compliant!

Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, and I have been presenting this summer about the status of the federal state authorization regulation. In those presentations we remind people about other federal regulations that remain in place. The one that has most surprised those in our audiences is the requirement that students be notified […]

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Attacking Exam Cheating and Instilling Academic Integrity in Students

I have always enjoyed the “Spy vs. Spy” section of Mad Magazine. If you are not familiar with it check out this animated version.  In the wordless comic strip two spies battle it out against each other. The spies are identical except for one is dressed in black and the other in white. The comic strip […]

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Four Recommendations for the Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

Some new federal regulations may be coming your way and we need to make our voice heard. We need your help in addressing concerns in four areas: ensuring equity for financial aid, student identity, accessibility, and state authorization of distance education. The Higher Education Act This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Higher […]

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#WCET14: Ideas Blossomed in the City of Roses

November 19-21, 2014 seasoned WCET’ers and new comers to our community gathered in Portland, OR (known the City of Roses) to exchange ideas and learn together.  Invigorated by the conversations and fueled by amazing epicurean adventures, the tenor of the meeting was electric.  Whether you were able to be with us in person or just joined […]

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Fraud & State Authorization Focus of WCET’s Testimony at ED’s Rulemaking Hearing

In May, WCET sought your input regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of a new round of negotiated rulemaking.  Such “rulemaking” is the first step in the Department possibly creating new regulations or refining old ones.  Most notable to the postsecondary distance education community was the renewed interest in the state authorization for distance […]

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Test Proctoring: An Old Solution to a (Re)Emerging Problem

Today we welcome Peg Wherry, Director of Online Learning at Montana State University, as a guest blogger.  Peg currently leads the WCET Academic Integrity and Student Authentication Subcommittee on Proctoring Practices and Policies and takes this opportunity to share with you their current work. A headline in the New York Times “Education Life” supplement on […]

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