August 8 – August 15, 2014

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Maximizing Energy Performance
    “Maximizing energy performance has an enormous impact on educational design. K-12 and higher education institutions build for the long term. So reducing operating costs has a significant impact on the financial health of those institutions….”
  • MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education
    “MIT has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, and many leading thinkers in the evolution of education technology have emerged from the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. MOOC leader, edX, is run by Anant Agarwal, who is a professor at MIT, for example….”
  • U.S. Educational Fundraisers Predict Steady Growth in Giving for 2014-2015
    “Fundraisers at educational institutions in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 5.4 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, 2014, according to survey results released today by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. They also predict that growth will remain steady at 5.4 percent for the current academic year that began July 1, 2014….”
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan Kicks Off Preschool Grant Competition in Pittsburgh
    “In the wake of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement that Pennsylvania can compete for up to $20 million in federal money for early childhood education, the Pittsburgh community is gearing up to seek money to expand quality early childhood education here….”
  • Corinthian Colleges Tells Investors it is Facing a Criminal Probe
    “After months of financial uncertainty and battles with regulators, Corinthian Colleges Inc. told investors Wednesday about the prospect of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors….”
  • The Most Underemployed College Majors
    “Yesterday, Forbes reported on the jobs in which the most Americans feel underemployed, a term compensation comparison site Payscale defines as “having part-time work but wanting full-time work, or holding a job that doesn’t require or utilize a person’s education, experience or training….”
  • U.S. Education Department Awards Almost $4 Million in Grants to Help Prepare Graduate Students for Leadership in Special Education
    “The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of almost $4 million in grants to higher education institutions to prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention and related services….”
  • New Preschool Grant Program Will Expand Opportunity to More of America’s Early Learners
    “Across the country, there is a great need for early learning. But the need isn’t just for preschool seats — it’s for high-quality early learning programs that can put children on the path to thrive in kindergarten and beyond….”
  • Financial Aid Not Enough? Ideas on How to Fill the Gap
    “The reality of college costs is that many families find themselves struggling to pay the entire college bill, despite having already filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources. If you find yourself in this position, here are some ideas to consider to help fill the gap between what your financial aid covers and what you owe the institution….”
  • Grand Canyon Education Becomes Oversold (LOPE)
    “Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which measures momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30….”
  • Is Formal Education Necessary For Success In IT?
    “When Myers was five years old, her grandfather gave her a Commodore Vic 20 computer. Like most kids, she used it mainly for gaming, but then she decided to learn how the computer worked, teaching herself how to program, which in turn, exposed her to a wide variety of operating systems….”

Local News

Kentucky

  • A University’s Partnership Reshapes Bowling Green, Ky.
    “When Gary A. Ransdell, the president of Western Kentucky University, invites alumni to view this city’s redeveloping downtown from his university’s hilltop campus, the response is almost always exclamations of surprise….”

Louisiana

Texas

  • Most Expensive Texas Public School Construction
    “Last month, following a decision by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the state published the results of its first public school construction survey, detailing how much was spent on schools that opened in the state between 2007 and 2013….”

World News

  • Gems Education Reports Surge in Profits
    “International school chain Gems Education saw profit jump by 77% in the financial year ended 31 March 2014….”
  • Africa, With U.S. Help, Graduates More Doctors
    “An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress in addressing the continent’s critical shortages of physicians and health care workers….”
  • A New Ratio for the Japanese Cram School
    “To help him pass the junior high school’s notoriously difficult entrance exams this winter, Yuuki’s mother, Asuka Takano, decided to place him in a traditional Japanese preparatory school, made up of big classes with dozens of students. The schools are often called cram schools, or juku in Japanese….”
  • An Academy for the Elite Stirs a Culture Clash
    “With most students gone for the summer, the campus of Peking University is relatively quiet in August, save for the busloads of awe-struck adolescents on organized tours who hope to be among the 2,600 freshmen admitted each year to the Harvard of China, as it is widely known here….”