August 3, 2015 – August 10, 2015

Industry Related Reports

Industry Related Webinars

National News

  • 8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace
    “The just-released 6th annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report K-12 Edition listed makerspaces as an emerging technology in the year-or-less adoption timeframe. “Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report noted….”
  • How Nanodegrees Are Disrupting Higher Education
    “New “micro” online certification programs are changing the educational pathways to success in certain industries….”
  • Normal 3.0 in Postsecondary Education: Gazing Into Higher Ed’s Future
    “The future of postsecondary education is student-centered, technology-enhanced and focused on learning, not credentials….”
  • Losses Shrink but Revenues Fall at Career Education
    “The firm stemmed its net loss to $20.7 million compared to $46.6 million in the same period last year. However, total revenue fell 6.1%, from $186.2 million to $174.8 million in the same timeframe. Its university group division is performing well, though, with operating income up 50% to $29.4 million….”
  • Clinton’s Big Plan for Higher Ed
    “The Clinton campaign’s fact sheet also indicates that she will take a tough line on for-profit higher education. In the plan, Hillary Clinton endorsed several measures that for-profit colleges are already opposing — and perhaps Clinton will reassure some for-profit critics who have wondered about her views in light of President Bill Clinton’s lucrative relationship, since ended, with Laureate Education….”
  • How Do We Make School Network Infrastructure Affordable?
    “This is often the first question that trailblazing districts implementing 1-to-1 programs hear from those hoping to follow in their footsteps. It’s typically followed by “What devices should we buy?.…”
  • Non-Profit Venture Fund Seeks Science Ed Start-Ups
    “A venture capital nonprofit has launched an education technology accelerator intended to support entrepreneurs taking on specific challenges. The first challenge for the NewSchools Venture Fund “NewSchools Ignite” initiative will deliver grants to people working on products and services related to helping students learn science….”

Local News

Arizona

Massachusetts

  • Anatomy of Failed Merger
    “Two neighbors on Massachusetts’ North Shore — Salem State University and the Montserrat College of Art — spent more than half a year immersed in detailed and time-consuming merger negotiations, only to find in the end that a union that seemed beneficial at first would actually end up being a financial drain….”

Missouri

  • Missouri Tech Closes Suddenly, Students Left in Limbo
    “Company representatives informed the Missouri Department of Higher Education they were going out of business on Friday — just days before students showed up for class and found the facility shuttered. The company told the state that its reason for closing was financial….”

Nevada

New York

  • NY District’s Solar Move Could Cut Energy Costs in Half
    “Warwick School District going solar with $4.7 million project. The 2-megawatt project, approved by the Board of Education earlier this month, will be located on 10 open acres at the Sanfordville Elementary School campus, said David Leach, superintendent of schools….”

Texas

  • Big Completion Goals in Texas
    “In order to stay competitive regionally and globally, states have been pushing for more residents to earn a college degree or certificate. It’s an initiative that has been picking up steam across the country, as free-two-year college programs grow and colleges work on closing achievement gaps — all in an effort to get more college credentials into the hands of America’s workers….”

 

World News

  • Emirates REIT Invests in Dubai School
    “Emirates REIT, a Shariah-compliant real estate investment trust, has acquired land to develop a new school at the Akoya development, Dubai. The site is leased to Jebel Ali School under a 26-year agreement, providing an initial net income of more than 10% of the plot’s acquisition costs….”
  • FutureLearn MOOC Platform Adds 5 New Universities
    “FutureLearn has attracted five new institutions to join its MOOC platform with massive, open, online courses. Alongside 45 other universities and 19 other kinds of organizations will be Complutense University of Madrid, UK’s Durham University and University of Manchester, Keio University in Japan and the University of New South Wales in Australia….”