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Upcoming Conference Calls/Webinars

MoKanSan will be conducting conference calls tackling a plethora of topics related to the field of state authorization. The calls will take place every other month, alternating with the MoKanSan newsletters. What topics would you like to discuss in upcoming phone calls and/or webinars? Please complete the poll to indicate what topics you would like to take a deeper dive into during the conference...

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Training vs Education

Evan Smith / University of Missouri I cannot pretend to cover everything on this topic in one essay. There are numerous histories, world events, and indeed blogs on the subject. Let us consider some of the factors involved. Education has long been for the privileged few, sometimes a divinity-school driven endeavor requiring knowledge of ancient languages, history, and philosophy. In that one ended up being a minister or professor in many instances, it could have been called a form of career preparation or training. Lecture (Latin lectura means reading [aloud]), literacy, and much 19th-century classroom recitation have changed greatly over the centuries. Over time, new careers such as journalism and health sciences came to be, and financial aid and the post-WW2 GI Bill helped students enroll and complete. The current situation in the USA is that one declares a major by junior year and may even be professionalized by then, even wearing uniforms for a lab, clinic, or other activities.  While perhaps built on traditional liberal art fields, these professions apply concepts even before graduation; so does, e.g., study abroad. If one teaches at any level, one implicitly or directly prepares others to teach, and the cycle goes on, with some innovations and individualized teaching styles. In the 1960s-70s, students wanted “relevance,” courses on current events or reinvestigations of the past. This had to contribute to revisionism in many...

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NC-SARA Updates

Brandie Elliott / University of Missouri-Kansas City At the MoKanSan State Authorization Summit in early January, Marshall Hill was on hand to discuss some upcoming changes and updates with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Puerto Rico has submitted the application to join NC-SARA and will affiliate with SREB. Hill expects them to be approved to participate in SARA within the next month or two. Massachusetts is currently working on their application and are likely to submit in 2018, but probably not before July. Communication is still occurring in California. There is no real time frame set up to see what type of application process California may inevitably submit to. Regarding data reporting, Hill said that not much will change. Institutions will continue to report their enrollment numbers as usual. However, there will be a separate reporting of experiential learning placements by state and by two-digit CIP codes. The reporting of experiential learning placement numbers will be voluntary in 2018; it will be mandatory in 2019. He suggested that if institutions do not track this information currently, that they take this year to set a process in place. “If institutions don’t know where their students are and able to demonstrate that, you are vulnerable to so many risks,” Hill said. “Not just a risk with non-compliance for SARA, but also a risk for non-compliance with federal...

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HEA: Another Type of (Re-) Authorization

Evan Smith / University of Missouri As Camera (2018) informs us, the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, with 2008 revisions, has been under much discussion and reevaluation in Congress. The Act includes federal student loans, which greatly affect the US economy, where unemployment is widespread. Will the HEA be reauthorized? At the time of writing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) of HELP (the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are working with or in spite of the Republican Senate, seeking Democratic and Presidential approval. Many meetings have been held, weekly in 2018 and at various times over the years.  How Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will weigh in is uncertain. On the House side, we have Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chairing the Education and the Workforce Committee, working to eliminate (1) some federal grants and related programs and (2) regulations that protect student loan borrowers from for-profit institutions. Rep. Foxx’s opponent is Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), with experience revamping No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Competency Based Learning/Education (CBE), much in the news in its own right, also comes into the picture as a bipartisan plan to let students earn “credits” via demonstration of knowledge or mastery of skills. Other areas of two-party agreement are, paraphrasing Camera (2018): Abbreviating and simplifying federal student loan application Earlier application toward understanding costs entailed Making federal aid and...

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Networking, Presentations & Insight, Oh My! The Advantage of Attending Conferences

Attending conferences is a great way to network with industry peers, learn the latest news and occurrences in the field, and give you new approaches to make you more effective in your line of work. There are a number of conferences that would appeal to someone who works in state authorization. Listed below are three national conferences and one regional conference that may be of interest. NASASPS Preview Brandie Elliott / University of Missouri-Kansas City Registration is now open for the NASASPS Annual Conference, which will take place April 22-25, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. What sets the NASASPS conference apart from many other conferences is that state regulators also attend, providing attendees an opportunity to meet them and ask questions.  The State Authorization Network has partnered with NASASPS to provide conference sessions regarding the world of state authorization. There are many sessions that would be of interest to someone in the state authorization field. Attendees will be able to hear firsthand from state regulators on any updates or changes to their regulations, an overview of the latest congressional and Department of Education activities, student tracking and disclosures, legal considerations before offering online programs in foreign countries, the evolution and migration of the SHEEO surveys, collaboration between postscondary education regulation and professional licensure, what’s new with SARA, and more. Members of the State Authorization Network receive a discount to attend...

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