Policy Issues

Harvard and MIT Face Lawsuit for Lack of Online Captioning

On the same day that MIT issued an extensive strategic plan for fostering greater campus inclusiveness, the Massachusetts school has been sued for the non-inclusive nature of its massive open online courses and other publicly available online content. Along with Harvard University, MIT now faces a lawsuit from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) as well as four deaf and hard of hearing individuals accusing the institutions of failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Building 'Evidence of Learning' Structure Will Take Work and Better Software

Two new studies put out by a company that does higher education consulting propose a framework and offer a kind of buying guide for developing an environment that helps students optimize their educational paths to college and career success — including taking into account what has been learned outside of school.

Legislators Want Computer Science To Count for Language Requirement

A bill being pushed in the state of Washington would allow two years of computer science to count as two years of world languages for the purpose of admission into college in the state.

Duke Opens Community Data Center with Focus on Early Learning

The goal of the new center: to inform decision-making related to area policies, programs and practices.

Obama Budget Priorities Focus on Teacher Support, STEM, Free College

The White House has released President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal, a 150-page document that lays out his administration's priorities for the federal budget in the coming year.

Research: Ripping Out Carnegie Unit Won't Guarantee Education Reform Success

The concept of the Carnegie unit as one of the defining measurements in education will be tough to uproot, according to a new report out by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Feds Warn of Risks to Sensitive Data on University Servers

The United States Department of Homeland Security is warning universities that their information-filled IT infrastructures might give hackers access to sensitive federal networks.

What Does Privacy 'Look' Like? Carnegie Mellon Project Seeks Drawings

"It's a fascinating view into what people think about privacy," said project lead Lorri Cranor. "With the little kids, you can see doors, bedrooms and pulling the blankets over their heads." Teens and adults show more concern about government surveillance and overexposure on social networks.

Feds Call for Comments on 'Safe Student Account Scorecard'

The University of California is already on board with the proposal, aimed at identifying "good financial practices and [shining] light on practices and services that financially harm students."

Educause Names New President and CEO

Educause has named John O'Brien as its next president and CEO, beginning June 1. O'Brien succeeds Diana Oblinger, who is retiring in May after leading the higher education technology association for 10 years (first as a vice president, then as president).