February 22, 2016 – February 29, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • CFPB Duels With Accreditor
    “In a lawsuit that could chart new ground, the consumer bureau is battling in court for information about how an accreditor approved some of the most controversial for-profit colleges….”
  • K12 Inc. Launches Online Career Technical Academy Model
    “Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin is the first-ever career and technical education-focused online high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. It is also the first career readiness program to offer a Construction apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders….”
  • 21st-Century Learning Environments
    “Preparation for the 21st-century workforce demands that educators shift the authority for learning to the students. After all, today’s workers are expected to function in collaborative and horizontal environments, as opposed to the “factory” driven, top-down, solitary worker spaces of yesterday….”
  • Applied Technology Colleges: Driving Workforce Development and Economic Growth
    “Applied technology colleges need to go above and beyond when it comes to workforce preparedness, as local employers and the regional economy is dependent on their success….”
  • Three Ways to Create Access Through K-12 Dual-Enrollment
    “Thoughtful and strategic dual-enrollment programs aimed at high school students can go great lengths to improving postsecondary completion rates, especially among underserved populations….”
  • Business-Mindedness and Open Communication Critical to Navigating Financial Challenges
    “Budgetary challenges are top-of-mind concerns for higher education leaders across the United States, but provide rich opportunity to redefine and transform institutions….”
  • Four Levers for Scaling Higher Education
    “In order to successfully scale, every institutional leader must understand the importance of – and have in place – their Purpose, Prospects, Programming and Partnerships levers….”
  • Achieving Economies of Scale in Higher Education
    “Creating economies of scale is critical for today’s colleges and universities, but there are four central conditions that will impact the success of institutions in achieving scale….”
  • Emerging Trends: The Role of the Chief Data Officer in Higher Ed
    “Though there is an understanding across the postsecondary space that it’s important to collect and analyze data, doing so without a guiding strategy or goal in mind can actually be damaging for an institution….”

Local News

California

Georgia

Illinois

Ohio

  • In Cincy Schools, Crowded Classes Cost Millions
    “Taxpayers are footing a hefty bill for crowded classrooms in Cincinnati, spending millions on payouts for teachers whose class sizes exceed the cap allowed in the union contract. School officials say it’s the result of a significant increase in overload pay written into the most recent union contract, negotiated in 2014, coupled with enrollment increases and difficulty filling some positions….”
  • Ohio Introduces Initiatives to Drive Down the Cost of Higher Education
    “Blending new college initiatives enables a Lorain County student to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 20, at 20 percent of the cost of a university.The announcement by Dr. Roy Church, president of Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria, was part of a news conference Feb. 22 at Spitzer Conference Center at LCCC….”

World News

  • UAE: GEMS Education to Open Seven New Schools
    “Dubai-based schools group GEMS Education has announced it will open seven new schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)… In 2014, US private equity firm Blackstone and Bahrain sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat acquired a minority stake in the chain… In September last year, GEMS also closed a Dh3 billion (£530 million) debt refinancing deal to fund investments in the UAE and wider MENA region….”
  • Laureate Selling Four French Business Schools
    “Laureate, the private higher education group, is selling the four business schools that make up its French division, EducationInvestor understands. It now hopes to raise up to $1 billion through an initial public offering in 2016, but some speculate that its weak balance sheet could affect the float….”
  • McGraw-Hill Education Opens New EMEA Headquarters in London
    “US publisher McGraw-Hill Education has announced the opening of a new headquarters in London, through which it aims to improve its service to customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The facility will be focused on developing new digital education products, as well as increasing McGraw’s sales in the region, it said….”
  • Government Tightens Funding for EU Students in the UK
    “Currently, EU students who have lived in the UK for three years are eligible to receive support for their livings costs while in higher education. But from the 2016-2017 academic year onwards, this will change to five years of residency….”
  • How to Succeed in China
    “Launching a successful transnational education offering in China is a holy grail for some Western university leaders — and recent research may help map a path to this elusive prize….”
  • Will Saudi Student Boom End?
    “Intensive English programs report declines in Saudi Arabian enrollments as colleges and universities watch for changes to the government’s massive foreign scholarship program….”