• NARA Final Rule

    (October 14, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The National Archives and Records Administration has issued its final rule creating a single definition of Controlled Unclassified Information for all federal agencies, effectively replacing the patchwork of controls that various agencies had independently developed and utilized. The final rule incorporates by reference NIST SP 800-171. It only applies directly to federal agencies, but it mandates that agencies incorporate CUI requirements into their contracts and agreements, including those with colleges and universities.

  • New York Joins SARA

    (October 14, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The New York State Board of Regents unanimously approved regulations permitting New York’s institutions of higher education to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, opening its borders to distance education programs and students from over 40 other SARA states.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: ADA Web Regulations Supplemental Advance Notice

    (October 11, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined with several higher education leadership associations to submit a response to U.S. Department of Justice regulatory proposals on web accessibility. The comments express support for WCAG 2.0 AA as the potential regulatory standard and a comprehensive institutional planning requirement to facilitate compliance. They also request that DOJ recognize the unique research functions institutional web presences must support and therefore focus compliance requirements on sites and content over which institutions exercise direct, centralized control.

  • Accessible Instructional Materials Bill Introduced with Higher Ed., Disability, Publishing, and Tech Groups’ Support

    (September 27, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HE) Act has been introduced in Congress. The bill reflects shared proposals developed collaboratively by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the American Council on Education (ACE), EDUCAUSE, and other leading higher education associations. The bill replaces an earlier NFB-AAP proposal, the TEACH Act, with one supported by a broad set of stakeholder communities.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: Distance Education State Authorization Regulations

    (August 30, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined with other groups in commenting on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s pending requirements for distance education state authorization and foreign government authorization of institutions’ international locations and branch campuses. The letter on the former asked for clarifications to facilitate institutional compliance, particularly through state authorization reciprocity agreements, while the letter on the latter requested removal of the foreign government provisions as detrimental to the operations and academic integrity of international locations/branch campuses.

  • ED Announces EQIP Partnerships

    (August 29, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The U.S. Department of Education (ED) invited eight partnerships between colleges and universities, non-traditional providers, and independent quality assurance entities to participate in the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) pilot. This will allow students to access federal student aid while participating in programs offered by non-traditional education providers through the partnerships.

  • Federal Health Care Cybersecurity Task Force Requests Information

    (August 29, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to assist its Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force in identifying risks, gaps, obstacles, and best practices to inform health care cybersecurity policy. EDUCAUSE members from university medical centers and related programs may find the RFI of particular interest.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: FCC “Business Data Services” (BDS) Rule-Making

    (August 17, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE recently joined with Internet2 to submit comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s pending rule-making about “business data services” (i.e., broadband data and voice services sold to businesses). Internet2 and EDUCAUSE highlighted why the FCC should clarify its definition of BDS to ensure that regulations not intended for research and education (R&E) networks are not extended to them.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    “Interesting Reads” blog posts highlight articles on federal policy issues and developments that are relevant to EDUCAUSE members or provide insights on higher education policy in general. Issues in this set include privacy considerations for learning analytics and implementation of net neutrality, “myths” about DMCA take-down notices, and distance education state authorization regulations.