• Higher Education and Library Groups Respond to New FCC Rule-Making on Network Neutrality

    (May 18, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) The FCC voted today to initiate a new rule-making process that would ultimately eliminate the existing network neutrality rules without any substantive replacement. EDUCAUSE joined with its higher education and library coalition partners to release a statement urging the FCC to reconsider and announcing the coalition’s intention to vigorously advocate for strong, enforceable network neutrality protections.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    (May 12, 2017 – Jennifer Ortega) With our “Interesting Reads” blog posts, the EDUCAUSE Policy Office highlights recent articles on federal policy issues and developments that are directly relevant to members or provide insights on higher education policy in general. This post includes articles on network neutrality, online learning, and cybersecurity.

  • UPDATE: Pending FSA Audit Requirement on Safeguards Rule

    (April 17, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) An audit requirement for GLBA Safeguards Rule compliance could be added to institutions’ FY17 audits, although a delay until FY18 has been requested. Input from EDUCAUSE and others will likely lead to a final version that is objective and focused on the Rule’s core elements, but members should talk with their business offices about the audit process and what may be needed to establish compliance.

  • Higher Ed/Libraries Re-Release Net Neutrality Principles

    (April 3, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined with other major higher education and library associations to update and re-release a set of net neutrality principles that were originally issued in 2014. The groups asked the FCC and the relevant congressional committees to use the principles as the basis for any policy decisions they might make about net neutrality moving forward, given indications that the FCC and Congress may seek to rescind the current net neutrality rules.

  • EDUCAUSE-Supported Accessible Instructional Materials Bill Reintroduced in House

    (March 31, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) Congressmen Phil Roe (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) have reintroduced the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. As described in a Policy Spotlight post from last September, the bill would establish a stakeholder commission to develop voluntary accessibility guidelines for postsecondary instructional materials and related technologies.

  • Devos, Trump Delay Implementation of Obama-Era Open Licensing Rule

    (March 29, 2017 – Jennifer Ortega) On March 21, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it is delaying implementation of its “Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs.” The regulation would have required recipients of ED competitive grants to openly license all copyrightable works produced with those funds. It will now not take effect, however, until May 22, 2017, assuming ED does not delay its implementation further.

  • DHS CUI Provisions Would Deviate from the Federal Standard

    (March 24, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE joined AAU, APLU, and COGR in comments about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) proposed new contract provisions on controlled unclassified information (CUI). Along with other problems, the DHS provisions deviate from the uniform federal standards established by the National Archives and Records Administration, threatening to open the door to customized CUI approaches by other federal agencies.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    (February 24, 2017 – Jarret Cummings) With our “Interesting Reads” blog posts, the EDUCAUSE Policy Office highlights recent articles on federal policy issues and developments relevant to EDUCAUSE members or higher education generally. Articles highlighted address cybersecurity, net neutrality, open access, the federal budget, and more.