August 15 – August 22, 2014

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • America’s Greenest Colleges: THE TOP 10
    “The colleges at the top of our annual “Cool Schools” ranking are so dedicated to greening every level of their operation—from energy usage to recycling to food sourcing to curriculum—that sustainability has become woven into their very culture. Join Sierra in congratulating 2014’s most environmentally responsible universities….”
  • Brentwood Capital Partners Invests in Dental Education Company
    “Brentwood Capital Partners has invested an undisclosed amount in Spear Education, an Arizona-based dental education company. Linden Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, led the recent recapitalization of eight-year-old Spear, which specializes in postgraduate classes….”
  • 17 New Laws in 12 States Help Govern Educational Technology
    “Technology is becoming an invaluable tool in today’s classrooms. Yet, there is a lot more to education technology then just ensuring every student has access to a computer. Teachers need to be adequately trained in incorporating technology into the daily curriculum and instruction. Students will be better served if they are using technology as an on-going part of the learning process, rather than a separate activity. And while states are improving the infrastructure for education technology, some communities are still lacking the necessary capacity….”
  • No Ed-Tech Investment Bubble in Sight
    “Can the billion-dollar ed-tech industry, flush with funds from venture capital firms, keep up its record-setting investment pace, or is it setting itself up for a massive crash?…”
  • How Google, Apple, and Other Tech Firms Envision Education
    “Of all of the areas where technology is poised to make the biggest difference in Americans’ everyday lives, education is one of the most widely discussed. Tech leaders, researchers, teachers, and school administrators all discuss the future of the classroom and what lessons will look like as technology becomes more accessible and more capable….”
  • Dept. of Ed. Projects Public Schools Will be ‘Majority-Minority’ This Fall
    “A milestone is expected to be reached this fall when minorities outnumber whites among the nation’s public school students for the first time, U.S. Department of Education projections show. This is due largely to fast growth in the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data….”
  • Department of Education Implements High-Quality Preschool Grant Competition
    “The goal of Preschool Development Grants is to support states in building, developing and expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities for children from low- and moderate-income families….”
  • Where ‘Back-to-School’ Means Private School
    “One way or another, good schools cost money. Private school tuition can easily exceed monthly housing costs, but home prices in top-rated public school districts are 32% above the local average….”

Local News

Illinois

  • How Chicago Private Schools Stack Up
    “For the 2014 guide to Chicago private schools, Chicago requested information about the 2013–14 academic year from 101 accredited private schools across the six-county metro area; all 33 schools that responded are included here….”
  • U of C Releases First-Ever Hiring Report
    “The University of Chicago, long known as both a powerful economic force and an island unto itself on the South Side, is disclosing for the first time Friday its efforts to boost local hiring and business creation….”

Massachusettes

  • Colleges in Boston Required to Release Off-Campus Addresses
    “The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to require colleges with a presence in Boston to provide a list of off-campus addresses where students are residing, in a step intended to fight chronic overcrowding and protect the health and safety of the thousands of students living in the city….”

Michigan

  • Detroit Schools Plan 10 Percent Pay Cuts, Closings
    “Teachers and administrators at Detroit Public Schools will see their pay slashed by 10 percent starting Oct. 1 if state education officials approve the district’s proposal for offsetting a failed countywide tax millage….”

New Jersey

Pennsylvania 

  • More Cuts Announced for Philadelphia Schools
    “The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don’t approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday….”

World News

  • The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities
    “Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and reliable data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one….”
  • Call to Merge 3 Universities, Australia
    “A call by the leader of an Australian state for its three universities to consider a full or partial amalgamation comes just two years after the idea was rejected for being too expensive and for the likelihood that the costs would outweigh the benefits….”