January 4, 2016 – January 11, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Walton Foundation Pledges $1 Billion For Charter Schools
    “A foundation run by the heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton said Thursday it will spend $1 billion over the next five years to improve public education by backing new charter schools and helping programs already up and running….”
  • The In-and-Out List
    “A look at what happened in 2015 and what’s to come in 2016 with Inside Higher Ed’s fourth annual in-and-out list….”
  • Degreed Raises $21M
    “Ed tech firm Degreed has raised $21 million (£14.4 million) in a Series B round led by Jump Capital. Signal Peak, Rethink Education, Deborah Quazzo and other existing investors also participated in the round. The funds raised will be used to boost further expansion, Degreed said in a press release….”
  • The Changing Landscape: Trends That Will Fundamentally Transform the Higher Education Institution
    “The role and operation of higher education institutions is transforming as colleges and universities evolve from being the center of knowledge dissemination to supporters of students’ education….”
  • Understanding Today’s Student Demographic: Key Questions and Answers
    “The non-traditional student demographic has become less and less “non-traditional” as their numbers have grown strongly at colleges and universities across the United States, but the higher education space is still largely designed to meet the needs of first-time, full-time, traditional students….”
  • Quality Counts 2016: Do US Schools Make the Grade?
    “In the annual study, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, a variety of factors were used to come up with a formula for determining which states are leading the way in education. Two main focuses include academic standards and accountability, and the Education Week Research Center tallied up scores according to the average of three independently-calculated categories: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance. Each state also received an overarching summative grade….”
  • As Times Get Tough, Colleges Turn to Non-academics to Lead
    “When tiny Paul Quinn College faced its darkest hour, it turned not to a physicist or an historian or a political scientist to lead it forward. It named a corporate securities lawyer and crisis manager as its president….”
  • How China’s Economic Slump Could Hurt American Colleges
    “U.S. schools have become increasingly reliant on international students for cash…This pipeline is an increasingly important revenue source for U.S. colleges, which enrolled nearly one million international students last year, according to the Institute of International Education. Collectively, those students pump almost $31 billion per year into the economy in tuition and other spending while they’re here….”
  • States Are Slacking on Higher Ed Spending
    “More than 95 percent of states in the U.S. have been spending less on their public higher education systems than they did before the Great Recession….”

Local News

California

  • California Accreditor Loses Appeal
    “The embattled accrediting organization will now have until January 2017 to resolve the Education Department’s findings that it failed to meet federal standards….”

Florida

Illinois

  • Burdened by a Budget Impasse
    “Universities in Illinois are covering millions in state costs as politicians continue to debate a 2015-16 budget halfway into the fiscal year….”

Indiana

Maryland

  • University of Maryland and St. Agnes to Partner
    “Under pressure to control skyrocketing health care costs, the University of Maryland Medical System and St. Agnes Healthcare have joined forces to share doctors and other resources, executives from both institutions announced Wednesday….”

Nevada

North Carolina

  • State Leaders Urge Approval for $2B Connect NC Bond
    “New buildings on college campuses, new construction projects in state parks and $2 billion in borrowing. That’s what state leaders are asking voters to approve in the first statewide bond referendum in 15 years….”

Texas

World News

  • Global Credit Transfer
    “Six universities from around the world plan experiment with MOOCs that could expand to other online offerings….”
  • SUNY Cobleskill Spearheads Partnership with Chinese Colleges
    “SUNY Cobleskill, the first and only institution in the US to implement the Path Pro Program, announces the launch of its partnership with select Chinese vocational colleges. In developing the Path Pro model, SUNY Cobleskill has led the way for SUNY and other universities and colleges across the United States….”