Type of Award: Discretionary grant.
Estimated Available Funds:$1,485,000.
Purpose of Program: The objective of this program is to support a Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements at an institution of higher education as authorized by section 741(a)(3) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended and as described in S. Rpt. 113-71, 113th Cong., 1st Sess. at 196 (2013) to study and develop best practices in postsecondary education for online education and the use of technology-based teaching and learning tools. The Center funded under this section must, in collaboration with other institutions of higher education and organizations: (a) Collect and evaluate data on outcomes achieved by students, including students with disabilities, associated with courses or programs that utilize online education and technology-based teaching and learning tools, (b) identify effective and accessible technologies, materials and practices, that work for all students in these courses or programs and (c) disseminate the findings widely.
In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the priorities, definitions, and requirements under section 437(d)(1) of the HEA and therefore qualifies for this exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the priority under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA.
The Federal government is giving out nearly $1.5 million dollars in discretionary funds, meaning they can be released to private concerns, “to support a Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements.”
Companies that offer on-line learning opportunities should pay for these studies and then offer the results to their customers as proof of their competitiveness in the marketplace.
Why is our government utilizing taxpayer education dollars to fund private endeavors?
This is more corporate capitulation by our elected officials.
Spending money to study on-line learning when our children are not being prepared to become life long learners is simply handing Microsoft $1.5 million dollars.
The system of education is broken at the elementary level while our government is spending education dollars to create a Center to study learning at the post-secondary level.
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