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4/21/2011 New "Dear Colleague" Letter on State Authorization
The Department of Education has released a new letter regarding its State Authorization rules. It announces an extension till 2014 for institutions acting in "good faith" to become compliant.
4/15/2011 NSTIC Released
Revamp: Policy Home and Issues Pages
Part 2 in an ongoing series detailing the renovation of the Policy Analysis and Advocacy web presence.
As some of you may have noticed on your way this blog, the introduction on the Policy home page has been redone. This new description concisely outlines what we do, how we do it, and the resources and programs the Policy Analysis and Advocacy group brings to EDUCAUSE members. It has a link to the issues we're currently tracking, and links to more resources and tools will be incorporated into the text to make navigating the site and engaging with our programs even easier.
Congressional Internet Caucus Hosts Do Not Track Panel
The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus held a panel on 4/5/2011 to discuss the progress on and possible consequences of Do Not Track (DNT) proposals and legislation efforts. The panel featured a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the online behavioral advertising market:
Erich Andersen, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft represented browser companies. He asserts that there's "no consensus on what 'Do Not Track' actually means" because, though the FTC released a definition in 2009, that definition is seen as potentially too limited. Anderson also asserted that "No one knows what the impact of DNT will be," though Microsoft has taken steps to improve DNT capability in Explorer and supports a uniform national framework of rules about behavioral advertising and tracking user behavior.
3/28/2011 Campus Safety and Security Handbook Updated
The Department of Education has updated it's Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting
This comprehensive document has 304 pages of step by step procedures and examples of regulatory compliance around the areas of campus safety and the recording/reporting of security incidents.
Chapter 6: Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings may be of particular interest in light of the recent fining of Virginia Tech for its handling of a 2007 campus shooting.
Revamp: Hot Topics
This will be part of an ongoing blog series bringing you the latest on changes to the Policy Analysis and Advocacy website. We're streamlining our website to update our resources and make them easier to find. Additionally, we're adding new tools to expand the ways we can deliver content to the EDUCAUSE community.
So with that in mind, we have revamped the Hot Topics column in the main page. The number of listed topics has been reduced and descriptions have been added to let you know why the item is listed as hot. They've been updated to more relevant issues, and we here at the Washington DC office will continue to update them more frequently going forward.