Policy Issues


Higher Education IT in the 'New Normal'

CT asks Harvard Business School CIO Stephen Laster about the changing role of campus IT in today’s challenging economic times.

Court: FCC Can't Regulate Broadband ISPs

A three-judge federal appeals court panel dealt a serious blow Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) authority to regulate broadband Internet service providers (ISPs).

Women in Life Sciences Suffer Salary Gap

Women conducting research in the life sciences receive on average about $13,000 less than their male counterparts--a salary gap that can't be explained by productivity or other professional factors.

Microsoft Backs Digital Due Process Initiative

Microsoft this week joined a coalition to encourage Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition wants to ensure that data associated with cloud computing services receive the same level of privacy protections as data stored on PCs in homes.

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Mr. Fletcher Goes to Washington

I took the occasion of a recent trip to Washington, DC, to speak to my senators and representative (really, their staffers), something I try to do once a year. It isn’t hard: Just call or e-mail their offices to set up an appointment. Specify your topic so that you meet with the right staffers. They are polite, listen carefully, take notes, and ask questions.

STEM Review Suggests Small Measures To Close Gender Gap

While biological differences between the genders could play a role in women's propensity to move away from STEM fields, the research is inconclusive, according to a review of research projects on the topic done by the AAUW. More likely, according to the researchers, is that cultural factors have a greater impact in the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

FCC Broadband Plan Pushes Ambitious Agenda for U.S. Education

After almost a year of development that included holding 36 public workshops in person and online and reading through 23,000 public comments, the Federal Communications Commission has released its national broadband plan with a formal report to Congress. Calling high-speed Internet access "indispensable for the 21st century, the foundation for our economy, the foundation for our democracy in the digital age," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski declared the plan "ambitious but achievable."

Jobs for Graduates in the Knowledge Economy?

Traditionally, undergraduate education has prepared students with background knowledge for entry into a field or for graduate school, rather than focusing on current and specific job-related skills. In an economy that has turned sour, that emphasis may have to change.

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Rallying the Troops

A new series of environmental challenges, led by Carbonrally, is pitting universities against one another in an ongoing online competition to see which can be the most "green."

U Maine Moves to Sustainability Governance

The University of Maine in Orono will be using a governance model from 4tell Solutions to track sustainability efforts. The company sells a number of reporting systems that draw data from multiple sources to provide a dashboard view of performance in specific areas. The university will be using iPlan Sustainable Performance Governance.