Presidents’ Forum and United States Distance Learning Association to host January 27 summit exploring issues in pursuit of voluntary adoption of institutional safeguards
|What:||"Pirates and Pretenders: Addressing Issues of Financial Aid Fraud and Student Verification - Know Who is Taking the Online Class & Money," a joint summit of the Presidents’ Forum and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).|
|When:||January 27, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm ET|
|Where:||United States Chamber of Commerce|
Hall of Flags
1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20062
Register Online. Hotel reservations must be made by January 5.
|Who:||Higher education and policy leaders; Federal regulatory agency officials including William Hamel, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, and David Bergeron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Programs, Planning and Innovation, U.S. Department of Education, will speak on the emerging Federal perspective. David Callahan, Senior Fellow at Demos, will discuss the psychology of misrepresentation and cheating.|
|Why:||Given the recent report of the Education Department’s Inspector General on fraud rings and student identification, The Presidents’ Forum, in partnership with the United States Distance Learning Association, seeks to define the necessary steps to safeguard the institutional and academic integrity of online learning providers. |
The Presidents’ Forum remains a leading advocate on issues of importance to online higher education. This past year, the Forum met with state regulators on changes to Title IV rules which would have sharply curbed access to high quality, accredited online college education. The Forum contends interstate reciprocity in recognition of institutional authorizations would broaden access to accredited online degree programs, ensure strong consumer protection, and reduce barriers to student success. Under a $300,000 Lumina Foundation grant, the Forum, in collaboration with the Council of State Governments, is exploring the development of a voluntary interstate compact.
The cost to attend the event is $225. For more information, visit the Presidents’ Forum event page.
Join the conversation leading up to the summit by visiting the Presidents’ Forum LinkedIn group.
About The Presidents’ Forum
The Presidents’ Forum, established in 2004, is a collaboration of accredited, national, adult-serving institutions and programs which have embraced the power and potential of online education. The Mission of the Presidents' Forum is to advance the recognition of innovative practice and excellence in online learning. This is accomplished by providing a venue for leaders in higher education and stakeholders to share their knowledge and learn from others' best practices.
About the United States Distance Learning Association
The United States Distance Learning Association was the first nonprofit distance learning association in the United States to support distance learning research, development, and praxis across the complete arena of education, training, and communications. In 1987, the USDLA was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via new concepts of the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidiscipline applications. USDLA through its mission of supporting the development and application of distance learning, focuses on all legislation impacting the distance learning community and its varied constituencies.