January 2 – January 9, 2015

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Obama Plan Would Help Many Go to Community College Free
    “President Obama said Thursday that he would propose a government program to make community college tuition-free for millions of students, an ambitious plan that would expand educational opportunities across the United States….”
  • Measuring Substance
    “Lawmakers will continue to look for ways to measure the value of a college degree. Acknowledging this, a group of three higher education associations say they want to help that conversation be more informed and comprehensive.The groups, which represent the various sectors of public higher education, on Thursday released a draft discussion guide for how to track what happens to students after college….”
  • What Do Higher Ed CIOs Predict for Campus Tech in 2015?
    “With 2015 now a week under way and higher ed set to begin its winter/spring semesters, we reached out to four CIOs to get their opinions on data security and the cloud, new classroom tech, and the trends and promising tech that could shake up campuses this year….”
  • GOP Gets Started with Higher Ed Bills
    “Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was formally elected Wednesday morning to his post as chair of the Senate education committee in the new Congress. And he quickly made clear what his top higher education priority would be for the coming year: student aid simplification….”
  • Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015
    “In 2014 we’ve covered education as the world-changing story it is and you’ve been along for the ride. And so at year’s end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015….”
  • Getting Into Law School Is Easier Than It Used to Be, and That’s Not Good
    “Low scores on the Law School Admission Test have dipped at most schools in recent years, a new report shows. A paper released last month by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the nonprofit that creates part of the bar exam, shows that since 2010, 95 percent of the 196 U.S. law schools at least partially accredited by the American Bar Association for which the NCBE had data lowered their standards for students near the bottom of the pack….”
  • Higher Education Issues: 15 for ’15
    “The arrival of a new year brings with it the opportunity to reflect on that which occurred over the past twelve months and to look ahead at what awaits. For us in higher education, here is a list of issues that will be with us in 2015. Some are new. Others carryover from 2014. Each will likely require our time and attention….”
  • For-Profit College Kaplan To Refund Federal Financial Aid Under Settlement With United States
    “Kaplan Higher Education (“Kaplan”), a leading for-profit education company with campuses located throughout the country, will pay roughly $1.3 million under a civil settlement with the United States Department of Justice.  The settlement resolves whistleblower allegations that the company employed unqualified instructors at its campuses in Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. announced today….”

Local News

Delaware

  • Wilmington University Plans New Campus
    “A north Delaware university plans to expand its campus onto untouched land this year, a move that is receiving mixed support from community members. Wilmington University will add three buildings, expected to accommodate at least 1,000 students, to 41 acres along Route 202….”

Illinois 

  • The Watchdogs: Tab for Jones College Prep Could Reach $127 Million
    “At $114 million, Jones College Prep already is the most expensive public high school ever built in Chicago. And a dispute with Walsh Construction — a clout-heavy contractor whose City Hall connections stretch back to the late Mayor Richard J. Daley — could drive the final pricetag for the South Loop school even higher, to $127 million, records show….”
  • Loyola Starting New School to Boost Graduation Rates for Poor Students
    “Loyola University Chicago is mapping out a special two-year college for poor city students, one of the most aggressive local efforts to increase the frustratingly small number who earn a degree rather than drop out….”

Indiana

  • Pence Proposes Boost for Charter Schools, Vouchers in Budget
    “Republican Gov. Mike Pence has proposed 2 percent and 1 percent increases in Indiana school funding over the next two years, with the money expected to help cover additional spending for private school vouchers and charter schools….”

Texas

Wisconsin

World News

  • Dutch Open Access Fight
    “Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge….”
  • Statement on the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Ed
    “In May 2013, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation. The goal was to help both countries develop a 21st century workforce for our mutual economic prosperity and sustainable social development….”
  • OIEG Acquires First US Language School
    “The Oxford International Education Group (OIEG) has bought its first language school in the US for an undisclosed sum….”
  • Ebitda Up 18% at Alpha Plus Group
    “Alpha Plus Group, the private schools chain, saw profit and revenue surge in the year to 31 August 2014. The group operates 12 independent schools, two nurseries and four sixth form colleges, with most of its sites based in Central London….”
  • Top Alternative Providers Launch Lobby Group
    “A new trade group representing leading independent higher education institutions has officially launched. The Independent Universities Group (IUG), which EducationInvestor revealed was in development in January last year, is positioning itself as “the Russell Group of the alternative sector” and hopes to dissociate its members from “dodgy” for-profit colleges….”
  • Hillsboro Aviation Sells Flight Training Division
    “US-based Hillsboro Aviation has sold its flight training division to private equity firms Graycliff Partners and Renovus Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. Max Lyons, the owner of Hillsboro Aviation, will be a minority investor in the flight school, which is to be renamed Hillsboro Aero Academy….”