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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John Williams Connecting the Underserved
TxDLA thinks its members are pretty amazing, and is proud of the innovative programs that they manage. One of those members is Dr. John R. Williams, Director of Distance Learning at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View.
Webcast Series Offered in Partnership by M-SARA, OLC, UPCEA, and WCET

States protect consumers of higher education by expecting colleges to follow their laws and, in many cases, seeking approval before serving students in their state. The leading distance education organizations and a regional higher education compact collaborate to present two free webcasts with updates on the current status of regulations and on the emerging State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). MORE ...

Call for Proposals Open for 2015 Conference
The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2015 TxDLA Conference, “A Concert of Collaboration”, scheduled April 7-10 in Dallas, Texas.
Who is the Average College Online Student?

CollegeAtlas.org has created an infographic with their data. It may not match your experience, but this is an average and the largest percentage (15%) of that population attends the University of Phoenix. MORE...

Public Policy

Fault Lines Surface
Sharper divisions are emerging between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should go about reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Read more...

Distance Education Groups Criticize State Authorization Proposal
A trio of distance education advocates is pressing the U.S. Department of Education to scale back its proposal that would require online programs to be overseen by regulators in each and every state in which they enroll students. Read more...

The HILL: Online Classrooms Resetting Education
Lawmakers are singing the praises of new online courses that are reducing costs and freeing students from the constraints of the classroom. Read more...

Overview of State Authorization
Visit the WCET website for the latest update.

Representative Cuellar Interviews Google and NSF
Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas, 28th District interviews representatives from Google and NSF. Provides a good overview of NSF if you don't know much about them. Also provides a good description of Google's Public Policy initiatives. View 30 minutes long video


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