WCET Closer Look – Higher Education Data Privacy

This Closer Look guide provides information on data privacy and security in higher education, why these topics are important, and how they can be protected. The risks associated with a lack of privacy can have very negative impacts on students, faculty, and staff alike. However, by promoting the importance of individual data privacy, institutions can increase the trust that students and employees have in the institution.

Professional Licensure Compacts: Myth v. Fact

Programs Leading to a License or Certification

Complying with Professional Licensure Requirements: A Beginner’s Checklist

WCET Closer Look – Higher Education Enrollment Trends

This Closer Look overview provides background information about enrollment trends in higher education, institutional responses to declining enrollment, DEI and policy considerations related to the topic, and provides additional resources for further review. There will be fewer and fewer college-bound students, at least for the foreseeable future, and what does that mean for higher education?

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

State Institutional Approval Quick Chart

Foundational Principles for Interstate Compliance

Who is the State Authorization Network (SAN)?

Toward Ending the Monolithic View of “Underrepresented Students”

Why Higher Education Must Account for Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Variations In Barriers to Equity

Higher education in the United States has a tendency to treat all “underrepresented” students as a monolith in ways that are counterproductive to the cause of equity. This aggregation of racially and ethnically minoritized, poverty-affected, and first-generation students obscures significant variations in admissions, course-level outcomes, persistence, graduation, and career success. Digital learning is particularly lacking in disaggregated data. To make progress on equity, educators and institutional leaders must be able to balance seeing and examining the patterns of lived experience among people in specific student populations with hearing how every student’s experience is unique.

Toward Ending the Monolithic View of “Underrepresented Students”: Why Higher Education Must Account for Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Variations in Barriers to Equity, synthesizes commentary, research, and programmatic activity on how higher education has grappled with disaggregating and using student data to confront and close equity gaps for particular student populations. A literature review of relevant studies and commentary was complemented by original interviews with 17 experts, including faculty, administrators, researchers, advocates, and students. Those experts are quoted at length throughout the report. The purpose of the report is to advance high-level evidence-based conversation about equity and learning — especially digital learning — in U.S. colleges and universities.