As of June 30th, there has been no word on the decision by DoD Secretary Robert Gates on the fate of the MyCAA (Career Advancement Account) program, which was suspended for new student enrollment last March.
We had expected that the popular program, which provides tuition assistance to the spouses of active military members, would have resumed for new students by late May.
DoD officials tell DETC they are awaiting the Secretary Gates’ decision on when the program will be up and running. Look for DETC updates as more information becomes available.
Billing itself as one of the premier conferences on eLearning, WCET is holding its Annual Conference in La Jolla, CA on November 10-13 at the Hyatt La Jolla at Aventine.
Main themes include: federal policy implications, eLearning research findings and what you need to know to advance the effective uses of technology at your institution.
More information, including registration, can be found on the WCET Conference website.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released its much-anticipated NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) on new regulations and comments are due by August 2nd.
The proposals cover school misrepresentation, gainful employment, state licensing, credit hour assignments, most of the rules are the Administration’s curative reaction to the concerns of aggressive marketing and sundry misdeeds by some for profit colleges.
For an in-depth summary and expert analysis of the NPRM, see the most recent Washington Insights, prepared for DETC by Dr. Sharon Bob, Ph.D., the Distance Education and Training Council's Special Consultant on Student Aid.
Visit the Department of Education website to view more information as well as a complete copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Mark your calendars for the DETC Fall Workshop, being held October 3-5 at the Brown Palace hotel in Denver. More information and registration will be available later this month on the DETC Web site.
Is there a session you’d like to see in Denver? Interested in presenting one yourself? Send an e-mail to Rob Chalifoux, DETC’s Director of Media and Events, and let him know!
On June 21, 2010, five members of the U.S. Congress—including the chairs of both the Senate and House education committees—sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking for a review of the for-profit postsecondary education sector and its share Federal student aid funding.
The letter, available here, asked the GAO to examine a number of issues, including some relating directly to accreditation, including the recent growth in for-profit higher education, the quality of educational programs offered by for-profit institutions, and whether existing safeguards are enough to protect against waste, fraud and abuse.
The first meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the federal advisory body that provides recommendations on the recognition of accrediting organizations to the Secretary of Education is scheduled to take place December 1-3, 2010. Committee members, appointed by Congress and Department of Education, are now being vetted, a review process for appointees to all federal advisory committees. Committee members then will receive training by the Department of Education before the December meeting.
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