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EDUCAUSE Joins New E-Learning Alliance

Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE participated in a task force of higher education associations and organizations that have e-learning as a significant part of their strategic agenda. Supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the task force explored how current and emerging public policy directions might either support or inhibit the potential of e-learning to help the nation meet its higher education goals. With Wednesday’s release of the task force report, the participating organizations have also announced the formation of a national e-learning alliance to fulfill the first of the task force’s recommendations:

Create the capacity to better inform online learning policy-making and regulation by establishing a formal alliance of organizations dedicated to advancing online education

In addition to EDUCAUSE, the alliance members currently include:

  • The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC)
  • The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE)
  • The Instructional Technology Council (An Affiliate Council of the American Association of Community Colleges)
  • The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)
  • The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET)

The alliance intends to function as a dynamic network of associations and organizations interested in advancing public policy that supports higher education’s continued e-learning progress. Therefore, the group anticipates adding further members as its efforts build.

With additional support from the Sloan Foundation, the alliance organizations will hold a face-to-face meeting in the next few months to address how best to collaborate on common policy concerns as well as pursue the remaining task force recommendations. In the interim, general questions about the alliance may be directed to Bob Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, UPCEA (rhansen@upcea.edu), or Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Online Learning, University of Illinois-Springfield (Schroeder.ray@uis.edu). I currently serve as the EDUCAUSE representative to the group, so I am happy to field questions as well (jcummings@educause.edu).