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Comments on the Department of Education Distance Learning Financial Fraud Rulemaking (5/29/12)
May 29, 2012

Letter to Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, in response to their published intent to pursue negotiated rule-making in relation to the Federal Student Aid Programs authorized by the High…

We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help You: Privacy Issues and Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education
January 25, 2012

This webinar is one in a series celebrating Data Privacy Month 2012 . Speakers: Kathleen M. Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education and Michael B. Hawes, Statistical Pri…

ED Blinks, with a Warning
April 21, 2011

On Wednesday, April 20, the Department of Education issued a new "Dear Colleague" letter acknowledging "complaints from some institutions, or their representatives, that they a…

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on FERPA Addresses Use of Data in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
April 11, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to "strike a balance between student records privacy and data availability" according to a …

Two new State Authorization resources
March 28, 2011

Just released: A blog by the estimable Russ Poulin of WCET expanding on his "Train Wreck" comment and soliciting impact statements. A good summary of where we ar…

Dept of Education Issues Letter on State Authorization
March 18, 2011

See update posted March 28, 2011. The Department of Education has issued its anticipated "Dear Colleague" letter on Program Integrity requirements , including Stat…

Cybersafety Booklet for Communicating with Kids Released Today
December 16, 2009

A new publication designed to help parents and teachers communicate with their children about cyber and mobile phone safety was unveiled today. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, Se…

EDUCAUSE, the RIAA, and a Lot of Other People: What I Heard at the Department of Education Hearing in Washington, DC
October 9, 2008

Yesterday, the Department of Education hosted the fifth of its six regional hearings on the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Held in the Department's Washington, DC K street offices,…

DC News: U.S. Education Secretary and FCC Chairman Unveil New "Digital Textbook Playbook," A Roadmap for Educators to Accelerate the Transition to Digital Textbooks
February 2, 2012

While the focus here is on K-12 school systems, Higher Ed would be wise to take note of this new federal program regarding digital textbooks: FCC Chairman Genachowski's Remarks: …

Department of Education Initiatives for Data and Information Protection
October 19, 2011 | A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference

It's imperative for institutions of higher education to protect personally identifiable information (PII), especially in the context of student financial aid. Officials from the U.S. Departmen…