Podcasts Galore! – A Summer Listening List

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While I love podcasts and listen to them while doing just about anything, I often struggle with finding new podcasts. Few digital systems are built around recommending relevant new podcasts to listeners, which means that listeners rely on general recommendation lists aimed at massive audiences. Many of the podcast recommendation lists that I find on […]

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Strategies to Address ED’s Guidance on State Authorization Complaint Processes

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As if we needed more excitement! The Department of Education uttered its first peep regarding the impact of the U.S. District Court’s April 26, 2019 ruling of a vacatur of the delay of the 2016 Federal Regulations relating to State Authorization. These 2016 Federal Regulations became effective May 26, 2019. Yesterday, July 22, 2019, The […]

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An Inspired Strategic Plan

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Welcome to Judith Sebesta Executive Director of the newly minted Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas, who is here today for a followup to her post a few months ago. Today’s post discusses the strategic planning process for the former Virtual College of Texas and introduces the new updates to the consortium. Judith also offers […]

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College affordability and the Democratic presidential debates: Is free college higher education’s moonshot?

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The Democratic debates are heating up already and they were quite interesting to watch (and it was also interesting to read the social media commentary). Today our new Policy and Planning Consultant, Van Davis, is here to provide an update on the candidate’s higher education plans and how each of these might impact higher technology-enhanced […]

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Improving College Readiness for Every Student: the Importance of Accessibility

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Today we welcome the President of the NROC Project, Ahrash Bissell, to discuss accessibility as an opportunity we should all be involved with, rather than a regulatory requirement that we should all worry about. We are excited to see this post from our friends at NROC, who have won a WOW award or have collaborated […]

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Be Bold! Lessons from WCET’s Leadership Summit on Public-Private Partnerships to Meet Workforce Needs

Today we welcome Cheryl Dowd, Director of WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN), who is here to give us a summary of WCET’s recent Leadership Summit. This year’s focus was workforce partnerships. You can view Summit information and resources. Thank you to Cheryl for reporting on this  outstanding event! Thank you to Megan Raymond and Mollie […]

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

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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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New Federal Regulations Ready for Your Comments – State Authorization and Student Notifications

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The Federal Rulemaking process has taken its next step. The U.S. Department of Education released in the Federal Register a portion of the proposed regulations. This first set of regulations focuses on accreditation and state authorization. The proposed language came out of the consensus language from the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee meetings that we covered extensively […]

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