Policy Issues


Gainful Employment final regulation 2014

Federal Rulemaking: The Challenges of Gainful Employment

The newly released Gainful Employment regulations will cost colleges and universities an average of $51.55 per student per year to implement and could place a substantial burden on campus IT departments.

small ideas, big results

Remember the Little Things

Small-scale IT efforts can make a big difference on campus.

Final Gainful Employment Rule Formally Released, Met with Hostility

The White House has formally published new regulations that require institutions to prove their graduates earn incomes that justify the size of their career-oriented school loans.

18 Projects Aim To Advance Sustainability Through Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) awards totalling $12.5 million to 18 university research projects that seek to advance the science of environmental sustainability while also advancing computing and communication technologies.

$121 Million in Federal Grants Bolster Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

The federal government is awarding $121 million in grants with the aim of improving academic and career outcomes for those with disabilities

24 Institutions Awarded $75 Million To Improve Enrollment & Completion Rates

Twenty-four colleges and universities have received grants totaling $75 million to support efforts to improve post-secondary access and completion.

Building on Competency-Based Education

CT talked with Argosy University System's vice chancellor for academic affairs to learn how that institution tackled competency-based education — creating the first WASC-accredited MBA in its region based on a direct assessment, competency model. Now, Argosy is developing hybrid approaches that combine direct assessment with traditional seat time-based courses.

ED Asks for Feedback on Research Centers

The Department of Education has issued a call for feedback on the work of two Institute of Education Science research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.

Special Ed Target of $4 Million in Federal Grants

A total of $4 million in federal funds is being awarded to institutions training the next generation of special education professionals.

The Promise of 'Small Data' on Campus

At the CT 2014 conference this week in Boston, one former CIO told attendees that education is not "about gathering terabytes of data and asking it to tell me the patterns." Instead, he argued for the potential of "small data" to create a personalized learning experiences that cut down on student frustration and confusion.