(June 21, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a notice seeking input on potential web accessibility regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The public comment deadline is August 8th for a notice spanning over 120 questions, some of which directly address higher education.
BiographyJarret Cummings serves EDUCAUSE as Director of Policy and Government Relations. In this role, he oversees association efforts to address federal policy and regulatory issues with significant implications for member interests. This includes serving as the lead contact for such issues; managing the activities of consultants in crafting responses and positions; facilitating cooperation and collaboration with other higher education associations and relevant organizations; and representing EDUCAUSE in related forums and processes under the direction of the President. Cummings also supports the President in working with the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors on federal policy and regulatory matters.
Cummings previously worked as a policy specialist in the EDUCAUSE Washington Office. In that position, he advocated on behalf of higher education IT in federal legislative and regulatory contexts and collaborated with representatives of EDUCAUSE member institutions to promote effective institutional IT policies. Cummings has also served the association as special assistant to the president, helping to assess and respond to strategic and tactical issues as well as to support presidential outreach and special projects; and as program administrator for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), where he coordinated ELI strategic and operational planning as well as delivery of ELI events, services, and resources.
Before joining ELI, Cummings provided IT strategic planning, institutional strategic planning, and general management consulting services to institutional clients of SunGard Collegis, which included colleges and universities of all types. He focused on helping institutions link their technological progress to the achievement of their missions and strategic objectives.
Cummings began his career as a program analyst administering higher education grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education. After completing a master's in public administration at Syracuse University, he joined the staff of the executive vice chancellor of the California State University system to coordinate a system-wide strategic planning task force. Following that, Cummings worked with the University of North Carolina system as special projects director and later as special assistant to the system CIO. In those roles, he managed system-wide IT strategic planning and network infrastructure planning projects. He also analyzed state and federal IT policy issues for the system president and CIO and coordinated the CIO's participation in the state's joint select committee on information technology.
In addition to the MPA, Cummings holds a bachelor's in philosophy from Southwestern University. His personal interests include weight training and science fiction.
(May 9, 2016) The U.S. Dept. of Labor has proposed almost doubling the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay (who must then get paid on an hourly basis), with only 60 days from the time the regulations take effect for employers to adjust. If the Office of Management and Budget approves the proposal, this dramatic shift will hit institutions just in time for the fall semester.
(April 14, 2016) In support of the broader higher education community, EDUCAUSE joined a letter to Congress led by the American Council on Education in which the participating associations argued against proposals to reallocate the anticipated FY 2017 surplus in the federal Pell Grant program outside the program.