Policy Issues


Putting a Student Face on the State Authorization Regulation

Each state has its own regulations pertaining to education services offered in their state by out-of-state institutions. Some distance education providers will not be able to comply with every state's regulations, choosing instead not to serve students from those states where they find it too difficult or impossible to obtain the state's authorization. WCET and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association recently surveyed institutions regarding their approaches to state regulations--concluding it's the students who may suffer.

SIIA Education Division Elects 6 New Members to Higher Ed Board

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has named 16 members to its 2011 Postsecondary Sector Board of Directors. Six are new, and 10 are returning.

Department of Ed Expands on Accessibility Issues in Ed Tech

To follow up on a 2010 reminder to colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts that their instructional technology adhere to accessibility laws, the federal government has issued a new FAQ document regarding compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Brief: Maryland, Microsoft Renew Technology Agreement

The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium has renewed a statewide agreement with Microsoft that was originally signed in 1999.

Egypt: The Terror of Free Information, The Promise for Higher Education

Information technology has two faces: control and freedom. Egypt showed us the power of free exchange of communication (the IT face of freedom). How can higher education, dedicated to the free exchange of ideas, not fully embrace this most extraordinary medium?

Report: Technology One Key to Preparing Students for College

A report published by the Blackboard Institute has identified several ways in which educators can best encourage high school students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to pursue higher education. The report, entitled "Closing the Gap between High School and College," is based upon one-on-one interviews with 24 recognized experts in education theory and practice.

Excelsior College To Research Need for Interstate Compact for Higher Ed Regs

Should states form an interstate compact to provide reciprocity for education that crosses state borders? That's the question at the heart of a new research initiative being undertaken by the Presidents' Forum, a consortium of 150 institutions that exchange knowledge regarding operation in an online environment.

IU and Adobe: A Tale of Abundance

Indiana University’s enterprise licensing agreement with Adobe has made possible free, ubiquitous access to industry-standard digital tools for its 100,000-plus students, faculty, and staff. This strategy of “abundance” allows students to develop relevant professional skills, creates a standardized technology environment faculty can depend on for innovative course design, and ramps up workplace technology for campus staff.

Voodoo Education: Why Are We Still in Its Spell?

Trent Batson asks why, while higher education institutions have made many changes to offer an updated campus environment and bring themselves “in tune” with the times, they still maintain what he calls a “voodoo education” model in teaching and learning that harkens back to 19th century classoom practices.

Metros on IT Strategies to Support a Mobile, Global, and Digital Citizenry

Campus Technology talks with Susan Metros about some of the topics she’ll present in her live keynote at the upcoming CT virtual event (November 18, 2010). Metros offers her views on both why and how IT leaders should strive to understand teaching and learning principles at their institutions more fully, and to support them--and today’s students as “mobile, global, and digital citizens”--more directly in IT strategic plans.