Policy Issues


Faculty Coalition: Forget About Cost Savings with Online Programs

Cost savings promised by the expansion of online education are tough to pinpoint, including those programs that promise to be free for students.

Federal Research Funding Drops 9 Percent in Latest Data

New data reveal that annual federal funding for research has dropped 9 percent in the post-stimulus era, losing about $6 billion after 2010, with no overall improvement expected at least through 2013.

ED Looks for Comments on Rating System for Higher Ed

The United States Department of Education is seeking comment on its efforts to create a rating system for colleges and universities.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

The Community College as a Portal to Everything Else

Community colleges have always served their communities beyond traditional academic programs and course offerings. Here, a CIO talks about his opportunities to influence the future of broadband access in his region.

Cato Research: States Under-Report Education Spending

According to a new report from the Cato Institute, few state education departments provide financial information that's complete or timely or understandable by the public.

NSF Pumps $20 Million into Cybersecurity Research Projects

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Frontier awards totalling nearly $20 million to three multi-university research projects that seek to develop technical solutions to improve computer security.

Carnegie: States Mostly Mired in 'Carnegie Unit' Practices

Carnegie is questioning the value of dismantling the credit hour — a concept created from its own history. The "Carnegie unit," as it's called, has been used for the last 100-plus years as a "near-universal" metric in high school and higher education to measure a student's progress toward graduation.

165 University Leaders Recommend Closing 'Innovation Deficit'

Presidents and chancellors from 165 United States universities have issued an open letter to President Obama and Congress, urging them to close the "innovation deficit."

DOJ Settles with Louisiana Tech over ADA Violations Stemming from Online Homework and Assessment Tool

The United States Department of Justice has settled with Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.