Assessment Authentication

The impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 on distance education was initially tied to the issue of integrity of assessment in distance education. While various institutions in Higher Education retain this focus, some institutions and the Department of Education Inspector General (IG) have shifted focus to the financial implications of the act. Specifically, according to the IG, in 2012 alone, $829 million in Pell grants were improper payments to individuals or fraud rings.  Student identification plays a key role in resolving both integrity and fraud issues, by answering who is in the course; however, it does not identify who is taking the assessments.  Thus enters the assessment authentication processes, which include proctor technologies.