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US Government Accountability Office Releases Long-Awaited Report on OPMs | Policy Matters (May 2022)

May 31, 2022

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  • US Government Accountability Office Releases Long-Awaited Report on OPMs
    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a highly anticipated report following a multi-year review of the relationships between Online Program Managers (OPMs) and universities. In their report, they recommended some changes around how the Department of Education deals with universities and their partnerships with OPMs on the topic of incentive structures built around recruitment practices, as there is a federal ban on incentive compensation. They also recommended that institutions report to the Department additional information around the activities these third-party providers are managing under audit and program reviews. The Department, as an addendum to the report, has already approved the recommendations and plans to move forward on the recommended changes and issue guidance.
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  • U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Announces 100 Compliance Reviews on Digital Accessibility, Releases Series of “How-To” Videos
    “The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today announced significant actions aimed at ensuring digital accessibility for students with disabilities. OCR launched 100 new compliance reviews in the area of digital accessibility for people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The reviews will be looking at digital accessibility in public-facing and student-facing websites and educational platforms maintained by state departments of education, school districts, charter schools, public libraries, and public and private 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. In addition, OCR, in partnership with the ADA National Network, released a 20-part video series covering topics such as how people with disabilities use technology, applicable Federal laws, and how to identify and remediate different types of technological barriers that can interfere with the ability of parents and students with disabilities to participate in modern American education. The intent of the series is to provide a basic instruction to many different digital accessibility concepts, such as fundamental manual testing techniques, use of color, logical reading order, meaningful video captions, and others. The videos are designed for a wide range of audience members, including school webmasters, parents and students with disabilities, and educational app developers and other IT vendors.”
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