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Ready or Not, Here It Comes! New Regulations When Offering Programs Leading to a License Effective July 1!

Published by: WCET | 5/16/2024

There is no more hiding from the eventuality of the effective date for new Federal regulations affecting the institutions serving students in programs leading to a license or certification. Institutions and the U.S. Department of Education (Department) have a common goal to support a student participating in an educational program leading to a state license […]

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In Defense of Reciprocity – A Joint Letter to the Department of Education & Call to Action

Published by: WCET | 5/2/2024

On May 1, leading higher education organizations jointly submitted a letter to the Department of Education (the Department) detailing concerns about recently raised proposals regarding state authorization reciprocity agreements. Earlier this year, the Department’s negotiated rulemaking sessions included several recommendations to alter the operations of such state-to-state agreements. The Department was clear that the proposals […]

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Call for Action: Contact Elected Officials About Proposed Distance Education Regulations

Published by: WCET | 4/5/2024

Important proposed regulations affecting distance education were discussed during the Department of Education’s Program Integrity and Institutional Quality negotiated rulemaking sessions that ended on March 7. In brief, you should take action: The Background On March 20th, we published a blog update on the final week of negotiated rulemaking. Despite tons of suggestions and hours of […]

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Major Changes to Distance Ed: Department of Education Rulemaking Final Session Update

Published by: WCET | 3/20/2024

Major changes loom on the horizon for postsecondary distance education programs in the United States, but we are now in a temporary limbo of uncertainty. The Department of Education’s Program Integrity and Institutional Quality negotiated rulemaking sessions ended on March 7. Despite tons of suggestions and hours of discussion, none of the distance and digital […]

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Unveiling the Highlights: WCET’s 2024 Virtual Summit

Published by: WCET | 3/7/2024

A few short weeks ago, WCET staff, presenters, and members joined together for presentations and discussions about the policy and practice of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education. The event, which was exclusively offered to WCET members, took place on February 22, 2024. I was not involved in the planning and implementation of this Summit, so […]

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Major Changes to Distance Ed: Department of Education Rulemaking Week 2 Update

Published by: WCET | 2/13/2024

The film Nyad is sometimes difficult to watch as the titular character braves her way through a Cuba to Florida swim that took 53 hours of non-stop swimming. Along the way she is besieged by poisonous jellyfish, sharks, exhaustion, and the constant battering of waves. We feel a connection with her. Last week was the […]

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Major Changes to Distance Ed Proposed: Department of Education Back to Rulemaking Table

Published by: WCET | 1/18/2024

Here we go again! Significant changes to postsecondary distance education operations emerged from the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Winter 2024 negotiated rulemaking discussion. The proposed changes could be huge and we suggest you read or scroll through this post to see what might affect you and your students. For example, state authorization reciprocity could […]

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Developing Institutional Level AI Policies and Practices: A Framework

Published by: WCET | 12/7/2023

ChatGPT recently turned one and what a wild, first year it has been. Over the last twelve months, institutions have scrambled to not only better understand generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning, but also to determine the best ways to provide guardrails and guidance for faculty, staff, and students. Many […]

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Veterans Day History and Policy Issues to Watch When Serving Veterans

Published by: WCET | 11/10/2023

WCET would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and show appreciation for our veterans and military affiliated families. Thank you to those who currently serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Services. WCET Frontiers would like to honor our veterans by sharing about the history of Veterans Day and also share some updates […]

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