Policy Issues


Four States To Gain Data-Driven Workforce-Education Alignment Help

An organization that works with community colleges and industry to make sure people learn the "middle skills" they need to get good jobs will be working with four states to implement new data tools to inform decision-making for workforce policymakers.

Brandeis U Goes 'Conflict-Free' with Computer Buying

Brandeis University is the 19th institution worldwide to sign on to ensure that the computers and electronic equipment the university buys have no connection to the mining sector of conflict-ridden areas, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNESCO Report Proposes International Measures for Monitoring Ed Progress

UNESCO, the United Nations organization focused on education, science and culture, has released a proposed set of indicators to monitor education progress globally.

Report: Competency Ed Needs To Show 'Credible Evidence' To Prove Validity

While many competency-based education (CBE) programs do a decent job of documenting the competencies students need to master and the types of assessments used to measure student proficiency, that doesn't go far enough, according to a new report on the topic of assessment in CBE.

Charter Organizations Developing Their Own Teacher Education Programs

A new report from a research organization focused on disruptive innovations has examined how charter management organizations (CMOs) in K-12 have created their own teacher education and certification programs to help create the kinds of teachers they want to hire for their schools. Their reasoning: "Teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully."

CU Boulder Adopts Open Access

The University of Colorado Boulder has gone public with its recent adoption of an open access policy.

Virginia Pilots Statewide Open Textbook Initiative for Community Colleges

Virginia Community Colleges is piloting a new program to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) in designated programs.

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.