The ProEd team recently hosted an interesting webinar about various ways our solutions help career colleges stay compliant with the wide range of laws and regulations they must follow. I found the webinar to be informative not only because it discussed important Blackboard capabilities, but also because it served as an overview of the trends in for-profit regulation and policy that currently impact our schools.
Below is a list of some of the regulations we covered during our webinar, along with a discussion of the ways Blackboard can help professional colleges and universities comply with these rules:
The Clery Act: Under the Clery Act, career colleges must provide emergency notifications to students when there is an immediate threat to their health or safety. With Blackboard Connect, schools can send mass messages to students and staff via text, email, recorded voice messages, and even social media quickly and reliably. Blackboard Connect has been so useful to universities that entire communities are now using this technology to notify residents of an emergency! At the same time, institutions can use the same system to communicate with students regarding course deadlines and changes, as well as policy updates.
Check Fraud: As we have discussed in a recent post, there are regulations in place to address debit cards and other banking mechanisms used to disburse Federal Student Aid (read more here). Blackboard Pay helps professional colleges and universities avoid violations of these rules by eliminating many fees to student aid accounts, including credit exposure and overdraft fees.