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FSA Fall Conference Addresses Several Policy Themes

The 2011 Federal Student Aid Fall Conference held on November 29th-December 2nd covered a variety of federal student aid policy topics, ranging from state authorization to program integrity rules. 

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan kicked off the event with the following remarks:

. . . my chief message today is a sobering one. I want to ask you, and the entire higher education community, to look ahead and start thinking more creatively—and with much greater urgency—about how to contain the spiraling costs of college and reduce the burden of student debt on our nation's students.

He highlighted attempts to radically redesign courses and make smarter use of technology as ways that college leaders can help control college costs and net price.

While a majority of the conference program focuses on programs that facilitate federal student aid, there were a number of sessions of interest to campus IT leaders, including:

  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Low-Cost Tips To Improve Data Security and Privacy
  • Computer Data - Cracks and Leaks
  • Protecting Students' Information From Unauthorized Access
  • Protect Your School From Fraud In Distance Education Programs

Video recordings of select sessions are now available.