July 13, 2015 – July 20, 2015

Industry Related Reports

Industry Related Webinars

National News

  • Reshaping the For-Profit
    “The large for-profit college chain isn’t dead. If anything, experts say it’s a course correction amid a climate of intense scrutiny and increased regulation. The decline is undoubtedly happening. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, for-profit student enrollment is down 4.9 percent compared to last spring. The enrollment decreases are playing a large part in driving down revenues and stock prices….”
  • For-Profit Group and Big Chains Part Ways
    “The for-profit college sector’s primary trade group is being buffeted by some of the same challenges its industry faces. Most large, publicly held for-profit chains have left the Association of Private Sector College and Universities (APSCU) in the last year or so. And officials with the association said they have begun restructuring and refocusing on their career-school roots….”
  • New Student Loans For A New For-Profit Education Sector
    “As of the past year or so, another option has emerged. You can now finance your boot camp education through a startup student lender such as Skills Fund, Pave or Earnest. A new company, Affirm, has just this week entered the boot camp lending business. It says it will lend to riskier boot camp borrowers at annual interest rates up to 20 percent….”
  • Closure Concerns and Financial Strategies: a Survey of College Business Officers
    “Nearly one in five college and university chief business officers are worried their institutions are at risk of shutting down in the foreseeable future, and skepticism over the financial model of their institutions continues from last year, according to a survey by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup….”
  • Campus Retail: Who Let the Books Out?
    “Transitioning to digital-only sales of course materials, some campus stores are shuttering. Others are selling anything BUT the books….”
  • Health Care and Higher Ed
    “In an era of increasing scrutiny and growing financial difficulty, health care and higher education face many of the same challenges: disruption, rising prices, consumer criticism, decreasing public funds and an increasing need for collaborations and mergers….”
  • For-Profit Group and Big Chains Part Ways
    “The for-profit college sector’s primary trade group is being buffeted by some of the same challenges its industry faces. Most large, publicly held for-profit chains have left the Association of Private Sector College and Universities (APSCU) in the last year or so. And officials with the association said they have begun restructuring and refocusing on their career-school roots….”

Local News

Kentucky

  • NKU Shares Plans for $97M Health Innovation Center
    “The new building, which will accommodate NKU’s fast-growing College of Health Professions, will occupy a 2.2-acre site on the west side of the Highland Heights campus. Construction is to be completed by mid-2017 on the building, which will be just south of Founders Hall and north of Griffin Hall….”

Maryland

  • Baltimore Opens All-Girls Middle School
    “Baltimore City is set to open a new all girls’ middle school next month. It’ll be the first program of its type connected to an already successful city private school….”

Michigan

  • Davenport University Closing Saginaw County Campus, Merging It with Midland Campus
    “University officials announced the plan Thursday, July 16. The plan, influenced by declining enrollment, includes partnering with community colleges across the state to become part of existing university centers or to establish new ones, providing opportunities for students to continue their education at Davenport after obtaining their associate degrees, the news release states….”

World News

  • Regional Rankings an Important Measure of Investment and Academic Influence
    “Nearly one in eight of the world’s top 200 universities, as ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/15, are from Asia. The same is true for one in five universities in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings for 2014/15. Say what you will about rankings but the gains that Asian institutions have made on the international tables in recent years do provide an interesting indication of the growing academic influence of the region….”
  • Sales Up 19% at Nord Anglia in First Three Quarters
    “Sales climbed steeply at Nord Anglia Education in the first three quarters following the acquisition of six Meritas schools, the company has said. ‘Full time equivalent’ students increased from 17,220 in the same period last year to 22,100, and revenue increased from $410.5 million (£262.6 million) to $488.3 million….”
  • China: Hailiang Schools Completes IPO
    “Chinese private schools group Hailiang Education has raised $20 million (£12.8 million) in an initial public offering, despite volatility in China’s stock markets. The firm runs a network of K-12 schools in the Shanghai region aimed at preparing Chinese students for international universities. It caters to over 17,000 students at its three campuses and is the third-largest private school group in China….”
  • The New School Tops List Of U.S. Colleges With Highest Number Of International Students
    “U.S. News compiled a list of the top 11 U.S. colleges that have the highest number of international students in 2013-2014. The New School in New York City claimed the top spot, with 31 percent of its student body made up of international students….”