How Will the Federal Regulatory Spotlight Falling on Higher Education Affect You?

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

While managing to mostly avoid the federal spotlight on deregulation and changes to regulations in the last few years, higher education is clearly center stage in 2019. The Department of Education held “negotiated rulemaking” on issues including accreditation, definitions (credit hour, distance education, competency-based education, regular and substantive interaction, asynchronous education), allowing more outsourcing of programs, and many more. Meanwhile, Congress is talking about getting into the act by updating the Higher Education Act, which contains all of the law affecting federal financial aid.

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Russ Poulin leads the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, which advocates for effective practices and policies for digital learning in higher education. WCET’s members represent institutions, state agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations from all fifty states. In paying attention to federal, state, and institution policies, he twice represented the distance education and competency-based education communities in federal negotiated rulemaking processes. The Presidents’ Forum, Excelsior College, the National University Technology Network, and the Online Learning Consortium have all recognized Russ for his contributions. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie. Contact: or @RussPoulin.

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