Lately, there’s been quite a lot of buzz surrounding “student authentication” and what universities and colleges need to do to become compliant. From the landmark case between WGU and the OIG to the countless billions lost in 2017 alone to academic cheating and financial aid fraud, it’s clear that the time for change is now.
Recently the largest education accrediting agency in the U.S. passed new requirements for student ID authentication. The new regulation(s) stands to change the way institutions are validating/verifying student enrollment and is gaining traction amongst other accreditation agencies.
Under the previous student authentication guidelines, “any institution that offered distance, or correspondence education was required to verify that the student who registers for a course was the same student participating throughout the course. Verification methods deemed acceptable included pins and passwords, as well as proctored examinations.
Taking effect Jan. 2018, the new rules are:
“10.6-(a): Student Authentication Guidelines”
a) An institution that offers distance or correspondence education must: Ensure that the student who registers in a distance, or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit.
(1) A secure login and passcode:
- Can be shared amongst individuals and fraudsters
- Are easily compromised
- Has no way of securely or accurately verifying the user
(2) Proctored examinations:
- Can’t verify the same student is doing course work
- Students are finding ways to hack the system
- Designed to catch cheaters only
(3) New or other technologies and practices that are effective
in verifying student identification such as BioSig-ID:
- Integrated with LMS/No per use charge so ideal for continuous authentications
- Verifies students throughout the course anytime, anywhere
- Provides next-level forensics and auditing tools that keep you off the naughty list
and in compliance with regional accreditors and the feds
With the new guideline(s) in place, pins and passcodes and proctored examinations are no longer viable options, because of their failure to verify a student’s identity.
What schools are left with, is the only PROVEN solution to accurately identify and verify a student’s identity anytime, anywhere throughout a course. The writing is on the wall…
Proper authentication and compliance begins and ends with BioSig-ID the world’s first biometric password that you draw.