Recently, a number of third-party test providers have begun promoting the Department of Education’s (ED) approval of their Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) assessments by notifying institutions that, after a three-year hiatus, they can once again award federal financial aid to students who do not have high school diplomas.
The Department of Education published another announcement in its series of Electronic Announcements (EAs) last week, as it prepares to implement the new Gainful Employment (GE) regulations. Those regulations are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015, unless blocked in court.
Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space
Recent headlines around a high-profile settlement between the US Department of Justice and edX, Inc., one of the largest and earliest distributors of MOOCs, have once again highlighted the importance of understanding the rules for making online courses and services accessible to those with various types and levels of disabilities.
Accreditors have been seen as obstacles to innovation in higher education. In April we issued a Cooley Alert on new WASC guidelines for disaggregating institutional services. Now WASC and DEAC have issued separate policies that appear intended to make it easier for new institutions to come into existence and for the validation of courses provided by unaccredited entities.
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC or the Commission) has issued a revision of its policy on agreements between accredited institutions and unaccredited entities, such as service providers.
Student privacy has become a focal point in the education sector. While media attention has largely focused on activities in Washington, we believe it is also critical for schools and Edtech companies to pay closer attention to privacy and security actions at the state level.
The Department of Education (ED) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on January 9th providing guidance on which entities should be classified as third-party servicers for purposes of the Title IV rules.
Department of Education Seeks Comments on New Data Collection and Validation for Reporting Use of “Third-Party Servicers”
The Department of Education (ED) announced on December 8, 2014 that it is seeking comments on new data collection and validation procedures for reporting the use of “third-party servicers.”