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    May 2013

    OCR Guidance on Accommodating Students With Disabilities in Athletics

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a "Dear Colleague" letter (DCL) interpreting federal law requirements for public school athletic participation by students with disabilities. Advocacy groups quickly hailed the DCL as an important tool for students and their parents. Consequently, schools need to review their procedures to ensure DCL compliance and determine whether program changes are necessary so students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.

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    May 2013

    What Did the Recession Teach Us?

    As the economy recovers, albeit more slowly than any of us would want, I wonder: will we look back on the great recession with the comfort and perspective of hindsight and judge education as over-reacting to the risks, ignoring the opportunities? Did some colleges and universities miss opportunities for investments, hiring faculty, expanding into new enrollment markets or other strategic and, yes, courageous moves? Did higher education fail to understand the societal shifts that were changing the behavior of students and their families? Looking inward instead of focusing a clear eye on the environment is a risk.

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