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Thursday, August 12 • 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Regional Compacts: Working Together for Equity in the Time of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has very starkly surfaced the benefits and challenges of open education and what it takes to provide quality open education opportunities. An essential component of open education is the availability of high-quality resources to support teaching and learning so that all students have better prospects for success. In the early months of the epidemic, education has been altered dramatically, and perhaps for years to come, as teachers, students, parents, and governments try to understand what is needed and how best to provide teaching and learning resources. This challenge is not limited to public or private institutions, to rich or poor areas, or to some states and not others. This is a challenge that knows no boundaries.

The four regional higher education compacts—Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—share a common responsibility for assisting and promoting the adoption and scaling of open education resources. The regional compacts are well positioned to leverage long-standing relationships with leaders in state higher education executive offices (SHEEOs), system heads, legislators, and governors in each state. The compacts are effective partners because we work with other trusted organizations to help OER meet its unfulfilled promise by assuring that the necessary policy and sustainability structures are in place. In the time of COVID-19, improving quality for remote and online students and lowering costs has become even more important.

Join this session to learn more about what the four regional higher education compacts have accomplished together with their state, system and institutional partners.

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Tanya Spilovoy

Director, Open Policy, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)
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Jenny Parks

Vice President of Policy and Research, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Jenny Parks is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). She leads the exploration, development, and implementation of projects that help Midwestern postsecondary institutions improve the way they serve students. Jenny has worked at all... Read More →
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Liliana Diaz Solodukhin

Policy Analyst, WICHE
Liliana Diaz Solodukhin, as a policy analyst with WICHE works on a diverse range of activities including conducting and communicating policy research on a wide array of higher education-related topics, developing and sustaining relationships with external stakeholders, and conceptualizing... Read More →
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Lindsey Gumb

Fellow, Open Education, New England Board of Higher Education
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Charlotte Dailey

Program Specialist-OER, Southern Regional Education Board
Charlotte Dailey is the Program Specialist for Open Educational Resources in Postsecondary Education at the Southern Regional Education Board. Before coming to SREB, Charlotte most recently worked in Higher Education where she managed federally funded grants to provide Farm Management... Read More →

Thursday August 12, 2021 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT