Online Learning Update

October 20, 2011

House Proposed Budget Would Restrict Support for OER Online Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Libby A. Nelson, Inside Higher Ed

A provision in the proposed House of Representatives budget for fiscal year 2012 would stop the federal government from using grant programs to develop new courses, learning materials or other related projects unless the labor secretary verifies that similar programs are not already available for purchase or “under development.” Whether the provision in the House budget proposal will make it to the final version is unclear. That budget has been seen as a bargaining chip or starting point for negotiations, with several controversial proposals for higher education, including eliminating spending on many minority-serving institutions and reshaping Pell Grant eligibility. But the change to the job-training proposal has so far attracted little attention.

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