New Pathways for Unaccredited Entities and Non-Institutional Education Providers

Jay Vaughan, Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach and Robin Dasher-Alston

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.

WASC Senior Commission Issues New Guidelines on Third-Party Providers

Jay Vaughan, Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach and Robin Dasher-Alston

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 Data Privacy: The States Are in the Lead

Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach, Randy Sabett and Matt Johnson

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.

Third-Party Servicers – New Guidance from the Department of Education

Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

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”

Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

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.”

Major Changes in California’s Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals that further regulation is likely in the near future.