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In educating students, colleges today walk a fine line between empowerment and entitlement.
Even if the amenities cost many thousands of dollars per student, they represent a college cost that students and their parents have asked for.
Administrators are taking part in a warts-and-all performance review at the request of their business-minded president.
Mergers with universities provide support to cash-strapped scientists.
Katherine Newman, most recently a dean at the Johns Hopkins University, becomes provost at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Two new presidents: Howard appointed its interim leader to the permanent post, while Oakland chose the provost of the College of Charleston, and Texas A&M promoted a professor.
Juliet V. García, who has been president of the University of Texas at Brownsville for 22 years, will try to develop the next generation of leaders across borders.
We all know how important it is for parents to have open lines of communication with their children’s school. Parents want to be champions for their children and to protect their interests and to do this they need information. When it comes to information that is stored digitally, parents often ask questions such as:
- What information are you collecting about my child?
- Why do you need that information, and what do you use it for?
- How do you safeguard my child’s information?
I’m pleased to announce the release of new Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) guidance regarding transparency best practices for schools and districts. This document provides a number of recommendations for keeping parents and students informed about schools’ and districts’ collection and use of student data.
The recommendations can be divided into three main categories: what information schools and districts ought to communicate to parents; how to convey that information in an understandable way; and how to respond to parent inquiries about student data policies and practices.
Some of the best practices covered in the document include:
- making information about student data policies and practices easy to find on districts’ and schools’ public webpages
- publishing a data inventory that details what information schools and districts collect about students, and what they use it for
- explaining to parents what, if any, personal information is shared with third parties and for what purposes
- using communication strategies that reduce the complexity of the information, and telling parents where they can get more detailed information if they want it.
The document also encourages schools and districts to be proactive when it comes to communicating about how they use student data.
We’re also pleased to direct you to the new website for our FERPA compliance office, the Family Policy Compliance Office, or FPCO. The new website is more user-friendly and will help school officials, parents, and students find the information they are looking for. It’s still a work in progress and we have many new features that we hope to launch in the coming weeks. We will soon begin posting FPCO’s decision letters from prior complaints and we will be launching an online community of practice for school officials to share information, templates, and lessons learned.
Kathleen M. Styles is Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Education.
Rep. Paul D. Ryan wants to streamline the system, cap some federal loans, create a database to track aid recipients, and disrupt "the accreditation status quo."
At a hearing, lawmakers merely disagree on how the federal government should encourage state support for colleges.
He has asked top officials to commit to leadership principles that, among other things, set standards of tidiness and punctuality.
The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR, http://parframework.org) began in 2011 as a research project to investigate the potential of learning analytics for student success, and was administered by WCET under the auspices of the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE).
The legislation, which covers competency-based education and government data for prospective students, faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.
Scholarly publishers are trying to take advantage of the retail giant’s strength without being swept away by it.
Days after the Service Employees International Union loses a vote at the University of Saint Thomas, it wins one at Antioch University Seattle.
Recently I had the distinct privilege to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan when he met with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander education stakeholders to discuss a number of education issues affecting the community. They presented a range of issues, such as the importance of data disaggregation, addressing bullying/harassment, and serving native populations, as well as the significance of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) in educating low-income, first generation college students, and helping to achieve President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.
Attendees requested a clear statement that AANAPISIs are indeed within the same class of institutions as Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions under the Higher Education Act. Community members relayed that because of this lack of clarity, higher education institutions, advocates, and even federal agencies were uncertain whether AANAPISIs could qualify or apply for federal grant opportunities across the federal government.
In response to these concerns, the Department has updated its website. To the extent federal agencies utilize this statutory authority to target grants and programmatic opportunities, we recommend and encourage listing “Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)” along with the other classes of schools delineated under the HEA. In addition, the website clarifies that the specific definition of “Minority Institutions” (MIs) applies only to the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) and other programs that reference the same MI definition, which includes Pacific Islanders but not Asian Americans.
AANAPISIs, and other postsecondary institutions enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students, play a critical role in our higher education efforts. AANAPISIs serve almost 40 percent of the nation’s AAPI student population, and are predominantly community colleges. Take a look at this video and share it with schools, advocates, and students to better understand what AANAPISIs are:
We hope this clarification encourages higher education institutions that meet this designation to research and apply for opportunities across the federal government to support their student body and the communities in which they reside. And we are hopeful that agencies and departments will utilize this information when making federal grants and opportunities available to underserved populations.
Jamienne Studley is Deputy Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Ed-tech companies are known for their weird, weird names. Which got us thinking: Can you tell the difference between actual company names and ones we made up?
In a new round of "experimental sites," participating colleges may award federal aid for competency-based programs and prior-learning assessments, among others.
At a conference this week, the officials heard a summons to educate faculty members and others on the realities of higher-education financing.
Cross-posted from ED’s My Brother’s Keeper website.
The White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and agencies across the U.S. government are leading an effort to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential — the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK).
Georgetown University, in partnership with the Department of Education, is co-hosting a series of Data Jams to bring together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, researchers, statisticians, policy makers, educators, and students to create data visualizations of current challenges and build new tools in order to create ladders of opportunity for all youth, including boys and young men of color.
Come join us for the first My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam at Georgetown Downtown (640 Massachusetts Ave NW) on Saturday, August 2. We are bringing together a group of practitioners, experts, researchers, students, and educators to study the data and create inventive visualizations of the problems facing the young men and boys of color in our nation.
We hope to convene a diverse group of stakeholders to the MBK Data Jam and would greatly appreciate your sharing this event with anyone you think might be able to provide a unique perspective or add value (be it through expertise, past experiences, or a current skill set).
Resources & Get Involved
Nominate a Data Jammer: Form Here
Register for the Event: Event Registration Form
Join the MBK Data Jam Community: MBK Meetup Group