UPCEA News July 2011
State Authorization Regulation Voided
On July 12, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia voided the U.S. Education Department’s regulation requiring institutions who offer online programs to seek and gain approval from any state in which they operate. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) originally released a set of regulations in October 2010, the most contentious being this rule requiring state authorization [The State Authorization Regulation Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)]. The authorization is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.
Institutions had a deadline of July 1, 2014 to obtain approvals. Now, this temporary reprieve buys some time, yet whether the judge’s ruling will eventually be upheld is still in question. For more information, read the Inside Higher Ed article published on July 13.
Dr. Cheri Simpson Joins UPCEA Team
UPCEA is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member. Dr. Cheri Simpson is Director of Institutional and Corporate Relations and Associate Director of the Center for Research and Consulting (CRC). Dr. Simpson will focus on growing the Association membership, building stronger ties to the corporate sector that serves our members, and assisting with the research and benchmarking studies of the CRC. She will also serve as the senior liaison to UPCEA’s Global Associates. She has been an instructor, advisor, and researcher for the past six years at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, she was an instructor and advisor at the University of Nevada Reno. In addition to her more than 12 years of university experience, she also has an extensive background in corporate business. She holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University; a master’s degree in Political Science from University of Nevada Reno; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Michigan. To contact Cheri Simpson, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more information, please read the press release about her appointment here.
UPCEA and ACHE Introduce the Future of Online Learning Summit
UPCEA has partnered with the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) to present the Summit on the Future of Online Learning. This first UPCEA event dedicated exclusively to online education issues will be held September 15-16 in Chicago. Representatives from Sloan-C, Educause, and WCET will be in attendance. The size of the venue and the inter-organizational nature of the event require a limited number of participants. Invitations have been extended to the UPCEA Board and to members of two Association commissions (Learning, Instruction, and Technology, and Futures and Markets) whose missions relate to the theme of the Summit. If additional space becomes available, UPCEA will open registration up to institutional representatives.
UPCEA Marketing Seminar Changes Date
The 20th Annual UPCEA Marketing Seminar, Rock Enroll: Amp Up Your Marketing and Get Rock Star Results will be held November 16-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The event had traditionally been held in February. The date of the meeting was changed due to member requests and to help reduce the chance of the conference being impacted by winter weather.
Secure your room now at the low room rate of $99 (plus a resort fee of $18 that entitles you to internet, exercise facilities, morning newspapers, concierge desk service, shuttle to the Strip.) This is the lowest rate since 1995! If you prefer to call in for your reservation, dial toll free 800-473-7625 and mention UPCEA to receive the discounted rate.
Pre-conference sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, and seminar programming will continue through 1 p.m. on Friday, November 18.
The committee is now accepting presentation submissions. For more information please visit upcea.edu/marketing