Policy Issues


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.

The Heart of the Digital University

In a Q&A, authors Frank McCluskey and Melanie Winter discuss how the forces that have brought about the current crop of challenges in higher education are the same ones that can help solve them.

Gordon Report: New Assessments Will Need Continued Scrutiny

A two-year independent commission studying the future of education and especially the effective use of assessment to measure student learning has issued a public policy statement calling for policymakers to turn their attention on the use of assessments to providing timely information to students and teachers rather than school and teacher accountability.

Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Higher Education

The Shanghai-based Chinese hacker group dubbed "APT1" definitely targeted two higher education institutions in the United States, according to security firm Mandiant, which recently published the widely circulated report "APT1: Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units."

State of the Union Pushes for More Transparency

In his annual State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama touched on a number of pressing education challenges. Speaking before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., Obama used his platform to promote the ideas of universal preschools, innovative high schools, and affordability of higher education.