Policy Issues


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.

How a Governance Program Can Curb the Mobile "Wild West"

With mobile computing integral to every aspect of campus life, it's important for schools to create order out of the chaos with a multiyear strategy and governance plans.

Online Learning Task Force Outlines Steps To Advance Distance Education

The Inter-Organizational Task Force on Online Learning, consisting of representatives from six different national organizations for online and e-learning in higher education, has released a report outlining the steps it plans to take to advance online learning in higher education.

Microsoft Pushes STEM Acceleration Funded by Immigration Revamp

In a wide-ranging push for policy change, Microsoft has taken up the call to increase the number of STEM graduates in the United States over the long haul while also calling for H-1B visa reform to fill a perceived gap of science, technology, engineering, and math talent in the short-term.

Time To Dump Seat-Time-Based Credit Hour, Says Research Report

The concept of "seat time"--the number of hours a student typically attends a course each week for about 15 weeks--as the basis of the credit hour is outmoded and holding back innovation in higher education, according to a new report.

SIIA 2012 Ed Tech Survey Deadline Nears

The Software & Information Industry Association is calling on educators to participate in its 2012 Vision K-20 Survey, part of the SIIA's Vision K-20 initiative that focuses on developing a technology-based educational framework for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

Campuses Able to Track Student Athlete Social Media Activity

Institutions can now monitor student-athlete social media activity.