Policy Issues


Financial Aid Offices Burdened with Compliance, Seek Federal Relief

Paperwork related to regulation is impairing the ability of financial aid staff to help college students. That's the conclusion in a report aptly named, "2015 Administrative Burden Survey," produced by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

ED Debuts Developer's Guide

The United States Department of Education has released its first guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs.

PAR Framework Partners with American Institutes for Research

The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework has partnered with the American Institutes for Research in an effort to develop new metrics and measurements to help guide national policies related to higher education outcomes.

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FCC Seeks Comment on What 'Emergency' Means for School Mass Notifications

Can schools and colleges consider every mass notification they send out an "emergency?" That's the question at the heart of a request filed with the Federal Communications Commission by Blackboard.

Temple University

Building University-Wide IT Accessibility

While many higher ed institutions focus mostly on Web accessibility or rely on a disability resources center to serve students in need, Temple University has ramped up its accessibility efforts across the board. Here's how.

Feds Hint at Launching OER-Powered Online Skills Academy

Open Education Week is almost over, and the federal government has stepped in to put its support behind the development and use of open educational resources

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9 Ways to Doom Your Data Analytics Efforts

While data has become an essential tool for decision-making on campus, analytics are a tricky business. Here are nine pitfalls to avoid.

Public Policy Contest Prods Graduate Student Systems Thinking

This month 181 graduate students from 93 institutions put their systems thinking into action during a first-of-its-kind competition.

Fast, Fair and Open: FCC Proclaims Internet a Utility

The Federal Communications Commission today chose to keep the Internet open. In a three-two vote split down party lines, the FCC officially reclassified broadband Internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.

New Teacher Prep Rules 'Too Stringent'

Proposed federal changes to teacher preparation requirements have generated numerous comments from education leaders and organizations, and the response isn't looking favorable — at least according to an analysis by Eduventures, a research and consulting firm that analyzes changes taking place in higher education.