December 14, 2015 – December 21, 2015

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • What Trustees Think
    “Board members at comprehensive universities are often frustrated by their own lack of knowledge or understanding about the institutions they’re tasked with leading, a new report finds….”
  • Small US Colleges Feeling the Squeeze from “Soft” Tuition Revenues
    “A new report forecasts a tripling in small college closures in the US by 2017, and a doubling in the number of mergers involving smaller institutions by that same year…A majority of small US colleges are now no longer growing revenues at a rate that can keep pace with inflation….”
  • How Flexibility and Agility Benefit Today’s Higher Ed Organizations
    “Cloud services do not offer institutions a panacea but can help them to create a business that meets students’ expectations and allows them the space to grow and evolve…However, creating flexibility and agility in a higher education organization can spell significant benefits for the institution, especially when it comes to meeting the heightened expectations of today’s students….”
  • Higher Education Won’t Be Able To Resist The Cloud Much Longer
    “The higher education industry is not much closer to widespread adoption of cloud technologies than it was two years ago, but market conditions today make it more important than ever before….”
  • Federal Office Launches Investigation into Bridgepoint Subsidiary
    “The US Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid has launched an investigation into Ashford University because of dubious marketing practices among other matters….”
  • Boost From a Budget Deal
    “Congress passes a 2016 spending and tax bill that blows away caps on discretionary spending to fund more student aid and health research….”
  • Growth in Foreign Grad Students
    “The number of first-time international graduate students at U.S. graduate schools increased by 5 percent this fall. More than three-quarters of new students are in master’s and certificate programs….”
  • Senate Deal Would Revive Perkins
    “Bipartisan agreement would renew the expired loan program for two years — but with some new eligibility restrictions that concern colleges….”
  • Federal Office Launches Investigation into Bridgepoint Subsidiary
    “The US Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid has launched an investigation into Ashford University because of dubious marketing practices among other matters….”
  • Downward Spiral on Enrollments
    “The several-year decline in enrollment in American colleges and universities continued and arguably intensified this fall, driven by sharp dips in numbers of students at for-profit colleges, full-time students at community colleges and students aged 24 or more, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse….”
  • Study Cycle
    “Coming soon to your campus library? Reading desks where you can bike while studying….”

Local News

California

  • Tighter Reins on Accreditor
    “Federal panel recommends limiting authority of controversial agency that accredits California’s community colleges and giving it little time to resolve federal compliance issues….”

Maryland

  • New Maryland Board to Study School Construction
    “A new Maryland board will review school construction policies and recommend ways to improve building practices. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, both Democrats, announced the formation of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission Friday….”

New York

  • In a Shift, de Blasio Moves to Close Three Struggling Schools
    “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is planning to close three struggling schools at the end of this academic year, a surprise move after the mayor initially announced last year that low-performing schools would only be closed after three years of attempted interventions….”

Oregon

  • State Set to Match School Construction Bond Dollars
    “The State Board of Education approved temporary rules Thursday governing the new Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program, which will provide matching grants to support improvements to school facilities. Legislators approved $123 million program…..”

Texas

Wisconsin

  • Playing the Aid Game
    “Historically, U of Wisconsin at Madison has minimized the use of non-need-based aid, but it is ending that restraint. The catch? Its top official doesn’t really agree with the practice….”

World News

  • Busy Bees Acquires Kids 1st Nursery Chain
    “The UK’s largest nursery chain, Busy Bees, has snapped up the Kids 1st, a group based in the North East. Kids 1st has 11 nurseries across North East England in locations such as Durham, Darlington and Hexham. All of its inspected nurseries are currently rated outstanding by Ofsted. Busy Bees owns around 250 nurseries across England, Scotland and Wales and a further 50 in Asia….”
  • Brazil: DeVry Acquires For-Profit University Ibmec Educacional
    “US for-profit university group DeVry Education has acquired 96.4% of Grupo Ibmec Educacional for R$ 699 million (£119.7 million)….”
  • Canadian College Reports C$1.5M Loss from Saudi Program
    “Canada’s Algonquin College has revealed a college campus it runs in Saudi Arabia lost C$1.5 million (£720,000) last year, because of issues related to the academic preparedness of local students….”
  • English Language Teaching Worth £1.2B to UK Economy
    “According to a report by English UK, international English language students’ spending has added £1.2 billion to the UK’s export revenues in 2014. Overall, the industry accounts for 26,500 jobs through its supply chain, employee and student spending and direct teaching activity….”
  • Singapore’s Market-Based Education Experiment
    “Under the SkillsFuture program that will take effect next year, the Singapore government will give every citizen over 25 an account containing 500 Singapore dollars (about $350) to apply to whatever continuing education each person deems relevant and necessary to his or her ambitions, within certain constraints yet to be identified….”