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North Dakota Universities Pass State Version of FERPA

North Dakota higher education leaders have passed a new policy intended to protect student data. The State Board of Higher Education has implemented policy 503.2, the "Student Data Privacy and Security Bill of Rights."

CDC Adds New COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Ed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently came out with additional guidelines to help institutions of higher education protect students, faculty and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Education Leaders Push to 'Remove Fine Print' from Keep Americans Connected Pledge

According to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, some companies are withholding free access service from families who have outstanding bills or other debt problems with the company.

How the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Pays Out for Ed

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 24, 2020, includes about $30.75 billion directly dedicated to the needs of public education.

CDC Issues COVID-19 Guidance to Higher Ed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued interim guidance for higher education administrators on how to respond to coronavirus.

CC Deal with Southern New Hampshire U Could Hurt In-State Universities

Should community colleges sign agreements with four-year institutions that could compete with their in-state brethren? That's the question posed in a column published by Hechinger Report, which recently examined the articulation agreement signed between the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Southern New Hampshire University.

New Tool Assesses Impact of Education Policies on Degree Completion

Every state wants to boost the number of college graduates it has. Now, education and arts consultancy Ithaka S+R has produced a new forecasting tool to help people understand what impact changes in state education policy could have on degree attainment rates.

Federal Resource Offers Guidance on School Safety

The federal government has launched a "clearinghouse" website to help education institutions prepare for threats.

U-M Research Center to Explore Ethics of AI

The need for ethics, standards and policies for the ever-increasing use of artificial intelligence and other emerging tech is the impetus behind a new research center at the University of Michigan.

Report: 3 Ways to Build Connected Credentials

About five months ago, a report from Third Way explored the hurdles to the widespread adoption of credentialing in the workforce. Now the author of that report is back with some recommendations, especially pushing state and federal policymakers to get into the act.

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