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Networking & Mentoring: Special Interest Groups

Moderator:  TBD

Day 3 Presentation (NUTN Engagement)

NUTN Networking and Mentoring: Special Interest Groups
This session will focus on three topics of special interest to those in online education. Break-out groups for each topic will be facilitated, group notes will be collaboratively collected, and shared with a focus on networking and mentoring among participants.


  1. Kevin Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures), Western Sydney University, Australia.
  2. Justin Louder, Associate Vice Provost, eLearning & Academic Partnerships, Texas Tech University.
  3. Russ Poulin, Director of Policy and Analysis at WCET, (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies).

Break-out group topics:

  1. Supporting and catalyzing innovation in online education. (Kevin Bell)
  2. Entrepreneurship and partnerships in online education. (Justin Louder)
  3. Policy, compliance, planning, and financial models in online education. (Russ Poulin)

Russell Poulin

Russell Poulin: HE Regulations

Presenter: Russell Poulin is the director of policy and analysis for WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

Day 3 Presentation (NUTN Engagement)

NUTN Policy Presentation: The Regulatory Landscape is Changing – And There’s No Map of What’s Ahead
Higher education regulations have been rescinded, lessened, or ignored. The Office of Inspector General asks WGU to return $700 million. The House of Representatives recommends far-reaching changes in federal requirements for colleges…and the Senate is set to develop different changes. Meanwhile, some regulations are due to go into effect soon, but will they? If you feel a bit lost, you are not alone.

In this session, you will get updates on the what’s happening in regulatory and Congressional fronts, engage in discussions about what is or might happen, explore ways to make our voice heard, and try to sketch out that map of which direction you might head. After all, we can at least pretend that we know where we are going.