• Juris Doctor, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Ricky LaFosse

Compliance and Policy Lead

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

The people and mission of this office are inspiring. By joining, I knew I would have the unique opportunity to contribute to a team pushing digital learning experiences and technologies to new frontiers through processes that are highly collaborative and inclusive. As someone who gets excited about incorporating ethical considerations into early design work, I saw the collaborative, open-minded, and strategic approach this team takes to academic innovation as offering the perfect fit.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Ricky provides compliance guidance and supports policymaking efforts related to distance education. His responsibilities include developing compliance resources and procedures for online and hybrid programs and collaborating with academic and administrative units across U-M to mitigate risk while supporting continued innovation in a highly complex regulatory environment. Ricky also represents U-M as a State Authorization Network (SAN) Coordinator and supports broader distance education policymaking efforts as a member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Policy Committee.

Prior to his role at U-M, Ricky was a compliance consultant for the Office of Online Education at Indiana University while also working towards a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and teaching courses on education law and ethics. While in law school, he interned with Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Ricky taught middle-school English for three years prior to entering law school.

Ask me to learn about:
    • The U.S. Supreme Court’s docket
    • P-20 educational policy
    • Fantasy football
    • Juggling
Posts & Publications
    • LaFosse, R., Hajdu, I. M., Linder, I. & Garcia, G. (2019, April). What happens when compliance officers and online educational design and support mingle? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
    • LaFosse, R., & Eckes, S. (2018, April). Sexting in schools. NAASP’s Principal Leadership Magazine, 58-59.
    • Bathon J.M., & LaFosse, R.(2017). Collective bargaining in public schools. In J. Decker, M. Lewis, E. Shaver, A. Blankenship, & M. Paige, M. (Eds.), The Principal’s Legal Handbook (6th ed.) (101-120). Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.
    • LaFosse, R., & Eckes, S. (2017, May). Recent controversies involving school resource officers. NAASP’s Principal Leadership Magazine, 56-58.
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