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State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Regulations Governing the Certification of Certain Institutions to Confer Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates [8 VAC 40 ‑ 31]
Action Regulatory Language for Enrollment Agreement Legislation
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2018
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10/30/18  12:13 pm
Commenter: Peter Bruce, The Institute for Statistics Education

Objection to change in enrollment agreement

We do have some comments on the proposed changes to SCHEV regulations about enrollment agreements:

1.  The document containing the changed language was not readily provided to us (and presumably to other institutions).  Instead, we were simply referred to a general web site.

2.  Once we located the document, the changed language was not identified. We had to do a detailed comparison between existing and proposed language.

3.  Most critically, the new provisions for the legal agreements our students must sign hark back to a pre-internet past of pen and paper - printouts and signatures on actual printed documents.  Is this really how Virginia wants to present itself to the digital world thinking about doing business in the state?  How will it look if Amazon employees seeking to learn about predictive analytics and optimization (see the story of Karolis Urbonas, chief data scientist at Amazon and graduate of THe Institute for Statistics Education) encounter these pen and paper obstacles to studying with us?

4.  Bottom line - this new requirement is an undue burden for us, and also for our prospective students.