11 March 2009

CHEA introduces the Federal Update

When the Higher Education Act (HEA) bill was being developed, CHEA followed the progress with the HEA Update. This month, a new online publication launched on the CHEA web site: Federal Update.

In familiar format, CHEA mixes news and reflection in this Update. First topic: the negotiated rulemaking whereby regulations for the new legislation are determined for the accrediting agencies (and, by extension, for the agencies' member institutions).

(The HEA is now commonly referred to as HEOA, for Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.)

Distance education administrators will take note that the first Federal Update includes questions about how HEOA requirements for assuring student identity will be addressed. For a short and clear explanation of this issue, along with the other major changes in the new law, see CHEA's comparison chart of previous law and the HEOA.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

No comments: