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May 16, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
On a bipartisan voice vote that took place in record time yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce approved sending the "Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act" (HR 1949) to the full House for consideration. The bill calls for...
May 13, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
As reported today in Inside Higher Ed, the Wyden-Rubio, and now Warner (D-VA), "Student Right to Know Before You Go Act" has shifted from its early stage concept of knitting together the state longitudinal data systems (SLDSs), built over the last several years via federal grants, into a...
May 10, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Sharmila Mann, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association, issued the following announcement this week on SHEEO's freshly updated state authorization resources, including its guide to the authorization regulations, processes, and contacts for...
May 7, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer kicked off Information Management Week (May 7-9, 2013) with a keynote panel discussion on "Big Data, Small Data, Apps & Analytics:  Can We Transform Education Without Sacrificing Privacy?"  CPO Kathleen...
May 7, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
On April 24, 2013, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) announced that the Committee would conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law over the coming months.  The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the current law is still workable in the...
May 6, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The Department of Commerce used the occasion of the annual conference of the Schools, Healthcare, Libraries and Broadband (SHLB) coalition to announce the release of a new NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit.  Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information,...
May 6, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
Rather than waiting for a data breach to happen, consider using an incident checklist to establish a campus incident response team, review your institution's readiness, and develop (or adjust) your incident management and response roadmap. In a recent Security listserv discussion, one campus...
April 25, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
Today, April 25, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted out of committee a bill to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  On a voice vote, the Committee approved the ECPA Amendments Act of 2013 (S. 607) co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen....
April 23, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The higher education community continues to make significant progress toward addressing the problems of distance education state authorization through the development of a state authorization reciprocity proposal. The Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education, a joint effort...
April 22, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
Nine winners of the 5th Annual Information Security Awareness Video and Poster Contest have been selected. The winning videos and posters are now available for colleges and universities to use in campus security awareness campaigns during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, student...
April 22, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Google started informing its applications user groups today about the accessibility improvements it has made to a range of its applications and software platforms. (Please see below for the quoted text.) If you're interested in learning more about accessibility updates for one of the products...
April 22, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Our friends at ACUTA (the higher education telecommunications administrators association) have posted an alert to colleges and universities that "charge students, tenants, or others for telephone service" (excluding institutions that allocate telephone service costs internally to academic...
April 16, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
As reported in today's Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced its intent to modify the rule-making effort it originally proposed last year to address federal student aid fraud concerns.
April 10, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The story in the The Chronicle of Higher Education about Harvard University’s recent controversial e-mail searches going further than previously reported sparked a lot of discussion on the EDUCAUSE Policy Discussion list. An excerpt from the Chronicle article was posted to the list:Also at...
April 9, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
EDUCAUSE submitted comments on behalf of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) to address several questions raised by a NIST Request for Information concerning standards, guidelines, or best practices that promote the protection of information and information systems.  You...
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