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The Catholic Imagination: An Incoherent Idea?

About The Institute for Human Ecology. In response to Pope Francis’s plea in Laudato Sí for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful, and the development of a properly human ecology, the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America seeks to promote an integrated understanding of human beings in their relationships with one another, with society, and with the natural world in the light of both reason and faith. The institute is dedicated to rigorous multi-disciplinary academic research and public outreach at the intersection of Catholic social teaching, environmental stewardship, and economic development.

The institute will sponsor and organize research, analyze public policy, publish national studies, work closely with lawmakers, policymakers and Church leaders, train and promote its own cadre of students and young researchers, and offer symposia, conferences, debates, and lectures for academia and the public square.

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental and economic questions. This contribution calls us to care for creation and for “the least of these.” (Mt 25:40). Inspired by biblical revelation and natural law, the “Catholic way” is ultimately rooted in a profound sense of human ecology that understands nature as a creation and that does not divorce the well-being of creation from that of human beings.

State Authorization Processes for Distance Education

“The Tower of Babel” 1563 / Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Evaluation of the State Authorization Processes for Distance Education

Devrim Ozdemir, Ph.D. –  James Goodlett McDaniel

George Mason University

Abstract.  In this article, the process of obtaining state authorizations for distance education at George Mason University is presented.  The purpose of the paper is to provide guidance to those four-year public universities that deliver distance education programs.  In order to attract students from multiple states, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)’s “program integrity issues” announced in Fall 2010 has created some confusion as to how best to maintain compliance. Although changes in the program integrity processes that were required by the USDOE have been placed on hold, state regulations regarding the operation of higher education institutions are still in place. Therefore, George Mason University continues to seek approval from all states in which we have noted online student enrollment. In this study, we present the process of obtaining state authorizations over the last year, including challenges, variability of state authorizations, a status report on Mason compliance processes, and, future plans regarding the state authorization processes. The article is meant to help guide university leaders who must allocate resources wisely in an arena with multiple fixed constraints.

Source: Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Volume XV, Number 1, March 2013 | University of West Georgia, Distance Education Center

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