• 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 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.

  • U.S. Dept. of Education to Audit for Security Rule Compliance

    (July 14, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office has released a new letter highlighting plans to include compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards Rule in its annual audits of institutions participating in federal financial aid programs. The letter also encourages institutions to evaluate their data security posture in light of NIST Special Publication 800-171, which covers federal guidelines for protecting “controlled unclassified information.”

  • DOJ Seeks Fresh Input on Web Accessibility Regulations

    (June 21, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a notice seeking input on potential web accessibility regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The public comment deadline is August 8th for a notice spanning over 120 questions, some of which directly address higher education. UPDATE: The U.S. Dept. of Justice has extended the comment deadline on the notice discussed below from August 8th to October 7th.

  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules

    (June 20, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) A three-judge federal appeals court panel upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order last week, sustaining the net neutrality rules detailed in the order as well as clarifying the legal authority under which the FCC established them. EDUCAUSE supported the rules as part of a higher education/libraries coalition including the Association of Research Libraries, which posted an analysis of the findings leading to the court’s decision.

  • Cybersecurity, Internet Policy in Speaker Ryan’s National Security Agenda

    (June 17, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan released a proposed national security agenda as part of his “A Better Way” policy platform for House Republicans heading into this year’s elections. While the agenda primarily focuses on terrorism and veterans issues, it also includes policy prescriptions for cybersecurity and Internet policy.

  • House Committee Hearing on FCC Privacy Rules

    (June 17, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently held a hearing on the FCC’s alleged overreach in establishing new privacy rules for ISPs under the 2015 Open Internet Order. A major, bipartisan concern of the Committee is that the FCC’s rules will lead to inconsistent treatment of consumer data and thus create confusion for consumers about what they can expect in terms of online privacy protections.