While I’m not at SXSWEdu, I hope that someone is eating too much brisket and beef ribs, washed down with Shiner Bock, in my honor. Enjoy.
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On to the update.
As the higher ed community is becoming far more aware of the massive changes looming from the third-party servicer (TPS) guidelines, we are getting a ton of questions. I have answered many privately and in a premium newsletter post, but we need more opportunities to publicly discuss the topic and address questions. Accordingly, we are happy to partner with WCET and the State Authorization Network to provide updated descriptions of what is happening and to answer questions in a public forum. On March 20th at 2:00pm EDT, I’ll be presenting and discussing with Russ Poulin and Cheryl Dowd, who have long provided excellent commentary and advice around federal and state policy affecting higher ed. This webinar is free and available for all:
Third-Party Servicer Guidance: Update, What Do We Know, and Why You Should Comment
March 20th, 2023 at 2:00pm EDT
We will address the recent US Department of Education release of (GEN-23-03) Requirements and Responsibilities for Third-Party Servicers and Institutions (Updated Feb. 28, 2023).
Our plan is to share what we know, address & collect your questions, and suggest why you should provide a public comment (deadline March 29, 2023).
Additional resources for context:
Given the importance of this topic to the entire Higher Ed and EdTech community, we launched a Premium service (On EdTech+) to provide additional analysis and made that service free through May. With that in mind, I am providing an extended list of resources to help provide context.
Ed Department Shakes Up OPMs and Third-Party Servicers: This Is Huge; WCET Frontiers; 2/22/23 (updated 3/1/23)
On EdTech by Phil Hill & Associates:
The Long Runway to the Unexpected Takeoff; (Premium) March 7, 2023
A Matter of Kind, Not Degree; March 3, 2023
Some Improvements, Mostly on Schedule; (Premium) March 1, 2023
Department of Education Delays Guidance on TPS Expansion; February 28, 2023
Addressing Initial Questions on TPS Expansion; (Premium) February 27, 2023
Emerging Pushback on TPS Changes; (Premium) February 24, 2023
The Great Conflation; February 23, 2023
Lest I Understate the Issue; February 17, 2023
Did You See The Memo About the TPS Reports? EdTech Style; February 15, 2023
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