What is validating identity
Institutions should be proactive in implementing the authentication requirements as a way to protect themselves from fraud, and to make sure their processes are in line with federal requirements, which Title IV funding may eventually be tied to.
In their rush to enter the online market, many institutions didn’t do their due diligence to protect themselves from risk, like they would have for a bricks-and-mortar extension.
In addition, confusion is created by a misunderstanding of the definition of the words used to describe the process.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is recommending the DOE create authentication compliance standards and, as with any new legislation, many companies are there to solve the problem.
There is a great deal of misinformation in this space, and it’s important to note this is not an academic integrity guideline.
Once funding is tied to a rule, the DOE will be able to move more deliberately.For example, when you design a new campus building, you would think of security requirements, alarm systems, fire codes, insurance and so on. The new DOE requirements are simply moving institutions toward the same security standards in the online world as would exist for their bricks-and-mortar buildings.My mother has lived in the same house in the same town for over 40 years.The DOE relies on accreditation for integrity guidelines in most cases.
The OIG recommendations seek to reduce fraud in admissions, financial aid and student identity in an online class.Identification does have some validation for the initial process, but is not itself a validation process.