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March 13, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has announced a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop to be held on April 3rd at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  According to the announcement, "NIST is interested in collecting information about current risk management...
March 13, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
As numerous mainstream and higher education media outlets have reported--for two, see the New York Times and Inside Higher Education--the California state senate president is poised to introduce a bill that would provide students with a pathway around curricular bottlenecks--introductory courses...
March 12, 2013 | Karen A. Wetzel
The SHLB Coalition has provided a nice summary of the February 27 hearing of the House Communications and the Internet Subcommittee. At what SHLB describes as a "contentious" hearing, although both the BTOP and BIP programs "took some hits" there does not "appear to be any plans...
March 12, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
As a follow-up to our recently reported Policy Update blog entitled "Copyright Alert System Goes into Effect," the Congressional Internet Caucus held a briefing on Capitol Hill on "Combating Piracy online:  The Copyright Alert System, A Voluntary Approach."  The briefing...
March 12, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
What is your campus policy and procedure for access to employee email?  If you don't know - or you don't have it written down - it might be time to review your practice, write it down, and vet it with the appropriate governance bodies.  The issue of administration access to...
March 12, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has released a fact sheet for proposed national legislation to enact a key recommendation of the Postsecondary Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission report released over a year ago. (For more on the AIM Commission, please see the end of this...
March 12, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
Security, privacy, and IT professionals from the higher education community will gather in St. Louis next month (April 15-17) for the 2013 Security Professionals Conference. This year's program features several new offerings for face-to-face and online attendees:
March 11, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Just in time for Open Education Week, Inside Higher Education reports the University of California, Irvine, (an Open Courseware Consortium member) has made the full course curriculum for an undergradate chemistry major, including video lectures, available online via its OpenChem initiative. As UCI...
March 11, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Open Education Week 2013 starts today! Here's the announcement from the Open Courseware (OCW) Consortium, which organizes the event:The second annual Open Education week will take place March 11-15, 2013.Open Education Week is a five-day celebration of the global Open Education Movement,...
March 11, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recently reported about another impact of the across-the-board automatic federal budget cuts known as the “sequester" that is likely to be of significant Interest to many EDUCAUSE member institutions. AASCU has learned...
March 8, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
 Friend of the blog, Russ Poulin of the WlCHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), recently posted a new blog entry on current and pending developments in state authorization reciprocity. Chief among them are the following:
March 7, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Roughly a year ago, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced Senate Bill 2098, "The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act," which quickly gained Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a co-sponsor. I posted an extensive review of the bill at that time, but the introductory paragraph from that post,...
February 27, 2013 | Karen A. Wetzel
Internet2 and EDUCAUSE invite your institution to participate in the Fall 2013 E-Content Pilot involving platforms and providers of electronic textbooks (etexts) and other digital learning resources (econtent).  The pilot is the latest opportunity for the higher education community to explore...
February 27, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
President Obama has issued a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-21) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Relience to "advance a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure."  The Directive accompanies the Executive...
February 27, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The following announcement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concerns the pilots funded as part of the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  Among the funded pilots that will be featured at RSA Conference is the Internet2...

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