Educational Technology

December 31, 2017

Credit hour definitions may be dying as Congress takes up HEA reauthorization

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
Saying Obama-era credit hour definitions “only created barriers to innovation for students and institutions,” House Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is leading the push to scrap the definitions with the new PROSPER Act to re-authorize the Higher Education Act.¬†Critics of this proposal worry the change will lead “bad actors” to shuffle more students along at a quicker pace, taking advantage of financial aid dollars while leaving students with little learned, according to The Hill. One audit, for example, found an institution had allowed a student to accumulate nine credit hours in one 10-week online course.¬† The act also would soften the requirement that any online program obtain authorization from each state in which it operates and collects federal financial aid.

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