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Up Front: Fall 2012



New Commission Will Examine Distance Education
The new Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education will attempt to address the regulatory costs and inefficiencies that arise from inconsistencies among the laws and regulations governing interstate education.

The commission’s recommendations will attempt to establish more appropriate and uniform roles for states. The commission was organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers. For more information, go to
Presidents Lead by Example in Fight Against Poverty
Nearly 30 college and university presidents are donating 5 percent of their salaries to combat global poverty.
Participants to date include Bryn Mawr College (PA) President Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Syracuse University (NY) Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly.

Participants donate directly to charities of their choice, under the condition that at least half the contributions go to international efforts.
The initiative, created by the Rev. Ann M. Svennungsen, former president of Texas Lutheran University, is affiliated with Bolder Giving, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing philanthropy. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Report: Campuses a Long Way Away on Data Collection
Colleges and universities need to talk about collecting more data before they can seriously discuss measuring the benefits they provide, according to a study from the National Research Council.

The report, Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education, was published by National Academies Press and is available at
New ACE Report Offers Broad Advice on Accreditation
Higher education accrediting agencies should speak a common language and boost accountability for underperforming institutions. Those are two of the six recommendations found in a new report from ACE’s National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation.
ACE established the task force to review current structures and practices relating to institutional accreditation. The report identifies changes that may be necessary to ensure institutional accreditation continues to meet its core functions of assessing institutions and their capabilities and facilitating improvements, all while meeting public demand for increased accountability and transparency.
The report, released in June, is available at