Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important

Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important               The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in 1974, is the guiding legislation for what educational bodies can and cannot do with student information. Similar to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in healthcare, FERPA stipulates that institutions must protect the privacy of student records, and it also governs the release of and access ... Read more

Six Ways to Know You’re Following FERPA

Six Ways to Know You're Following FERPA FERPA is a privacy law that protects student information and stipulates that education institutions must protect the confidentiality of student records. It also governs the release of and access to students’ education records. Students may access their records at any time, but institutions cannot release student information without explicit permission. FERPA is crucial legislation because it keeps non-education ... Read more

Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting

Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting This blog is a series on postsecondary students’ long-term motivation during their degree programs and how student service departments can foster motivation at all points of the student’s journey. Postsecondary academic journeys are simply exciting; embarking on a degree program is an entirely new experience and one fraught with potential. Whether a student is joining ... Read more

Part 3: Low-Income Students

Defining and Adapting to Changing Student Demographics Part 3: Low-Income Students This blog is the third in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and characteristics they possess influences their motivation for completing ... Read more

Defining and Adapting to Changing Student Demographics

Part 1: Yesterday's Nontraditional Students are the New Normal  This blog is the first in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and characteristics they possess influences their motivation for completing their ... Read more

WCAG 2.0 AA & Section 508 Guidelines for Online Education

Accessibility in Online Education: WCAG 2.0 AA and Section 508 Guidelines Online education has many benefits. One of them is enabling as many qualified students as possible to access low-cost and flexible certificate, diploma, degree, and even Ph.D. programs. However, offline and web-based learning management systems that lack full-accessibility features are locking out or disadvantaging learners with disability. Not only is that unfair, but also ... Read more
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