January 9 – January 16, 2015

Industry Related Reports

National News   

  • Accreditor Grants Extension to CCSF
    “City College of San Francisco’s regional accreditor has granted the college a two-year restoration of its accreditation status. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in 2013 moved to revoke the community college’s accreditation, citing financial mismanagement and a wide range of other problems. That would have been a death blow to the huge institution, which would have lost eligibility for federal and state student aid programs….”
  • These 7 Ed Tech Companies Were Among 2014’s Biggest Funding Winners
    “Education technology companies raised a record $1.36 billion from venture capital investors in 2014, up from $1.2 billion in 2013….”
  • Publishers Springer and Macmillan Announce Merger
    “Two of the world’s best known academic publishers, Springer Science+Business Media and Macmillan Science & Education (MSE), are to merge after an agreement between their owners….”
  • Lynda.com Raises $186M in Round Led by TPG
    “Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech, existing lynda.com investors, also participated in the round. The financing will be used to accelerate acquisitions, growth and new content initiatives, according to a press release….”
  • Nanodegrees may be for-profits’ future
    “Short-term courses could well be the way forward for traditional for-profit education providers in the United States as they struggle to arrest the slide in enrollments….”
  • Lowering the Bar
    “As the number of students going to law school drops dramatically, law schools are increasingly competing for students with lower undergraduate grades and LSAT scores….”

Local News

Arizona

Illinois

  • Cut a Bold Bargain on Illinois Schools, Gov. Rauner
    “Public education in Illinois faces an array of long-entrenched challenges. Over the past year, some Democratic legislators have taken aim at one of those challenges, how state tax revenue is allocated to schools. That’s a fine first step. With help from an education-minded Republican governor, it’s a first step that — unlike many first steps in Springfield — could lead to a cluster of solutions….”

Massachusettes

  • Cengage Invests in LearnLaunch to Grow Boston’s Ed-Tech Ecosystem
    “Cengage Learning wants to play a more active role in Boston’s budding ed-tech community; proof of that surfaced Friday when the educational content, software and services company announced a partnership with LearnLaunch….”
  • Leading The Way In Education Means Lifting The Charter School Cap
    “Already, Massachusetts leads the nation in K-12 education, from its acclaimed school accountability to its high scoring students. Now, Massachusetts has a chance to lead again: Drop the caps entirely and shift to a system that focuses on building high performing schools, both charter and traditional….”

Minnesota

  • Minnesota School Districts Receive Funding to Increase Safety 
    “School safety is always a concern and has become an even larger issue over the last few years. Changes in design and operations are occurring throughout the country in order to increase security on campus, including recent updates for two school districts in Minnesota….”

Texas

  • 7 Houston Schools Break Ground
    “The Houston area has seen a boom in school construction ever since a $1.89 billion bond issue was passed in 2012, funding a variety of Houston Independent School District (HISD) projects….”

Wyoming

  • STEM Facility to Enhance University of Wyoming Education
    “A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building will debut on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie later this spring. The 100,000-square-foot Enzi STEM Facility will replace existing facilities on campus, which have become outdated….”

World News

  • Q1 revenue up 14.5% at Nord Anglia
    “Nord Anglia, the international schools chain, reported a rise in sales on the back of climbing enrolments in the first quarter….”
  • Scottish Universities Roll Out 3-Year Undergraduate Degrees
    “Clive Mulholland, the university’s principal, said last month that the “accelerated” B.Sc. in geography, which will start in September, will allow students to “embark on their chosen career more quickly and save money in the process….”