Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools (and Other Edtech Companies): Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Nancy Anderson, Paul Thompson and Mike Goldstein

If you operate a coding academy or provide almost any kind of educational program (whether face-to-face, online or hybrid) – regardless of whether you accept federal funds or participate in federal student aid programs – you are probably required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As the Department of Education Revisits the Gainful Employment Rule California Legislators Propose a State Alternative

Jonathon Glass, Kate Lee Carey and Joseph Mensah

With continued questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to Obama-era regulations, including the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule, one state is ready to jump into the fray and offer its own state-based alternative to the federal GE Rule.

Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Data Privacy and Security

Matthew Johnson

The second post in the series on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid focuses on data privacy and security. Learn more about student data privacy and best practices and policies.

New Department of Education Accreditation Database: A Promising Start, But Clearly a Work in Progress

Robin Dasher-Alston, Mike Goldstein and Jay Vaughan

The Department of Education (ED) has launched a new online database intended to provide current and prospective students, as well as the broader community, with current information on the accreditation status of institutions that participate in the federal student grant and loan programs.

Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

Greg Ferenbach and Paul Thompson

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing.

Department of Defense to Outsource, Strengthen Institutional Compliance Program

Matthew Johnson and Marjorie Arrington

The US Department of Defense (DoD) plans to retain the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct Institutional Compliance Program (ICP) audits of schools participating in DoD’s Tuition Assistance Program.

More Fallout from ACICS Loss of Recognition – SEVP Removes Grace Period

Mike Goldstein, Paul Thompson and Jay Vaughan

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that its Student and Exchange Visitor Program will no longer allow ACICS schools 18 months to find new accreditors.

Administration Releases “Skinny” Budget; Education Feels the Pinch

Vince Sampson

Yesterday, the Administration released its Budget Blueprint for 2018. Overall, the Blueprint upholds many of the campaign promises the President made, increasing military spending by significantly cutting funds from almost all domestic agencies, including education.

Excitement about Adult Learning: A Lasting Impression from SXSWedu

Matt Johnson

Cooley associate, Matt Johnson, attended SXSWedu last week. Read his insights on the conference and key takeaway for 2017.

March 28 Deadline Looms for Online Schools to Obtain Authorization in New York

Nancy Anderson, Greg Ferenbach, Mike Goldstein and Paul Thompson

Last September, the New York Board of Regents issued new regulations requiring all degree-granting out-of-state institutions seeking to enroll New York residents in their online programs to obtain authorization from the Board.

Important New Gainful Employment Guidance Released

Vince Sampson

Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance giving schools four extra months to comply with requirements of the Gainful Employment (GE) rule.

Starting A Coding School? Do Your Homework!

Greg Ferenbach

So-called “coding boot camps” are a hot business idea these days. Companies that provide courses on coding serve an important social need, giving people the tools they need to get jobs in the digital economy. The programs vary greatly in duration and cost, and some use creative pricing models, like taking a cut of the student’s salary at their next job in lieu of upfront tuition.