June 29, 2015 – July 6, 2015

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National News

  • U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus

    “In 2013-2014, more than 274,000 Chinese students came to the U.S. to study – the most from any country and an 18 percent increase at the undergraduate level, according to the most recent Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange….”

  • Ed Tech Investments Surge to $2.5B in First Half

    “Global investments in ed tech surged to $2.5 billion in the first half of 2015, exceeding the entire sum invested last year, according to research from Ambient Insight….”

  • U. of Phoenix Looks to Shrink Itself With New Admissions Requirements and Deep Cuts

    “The University of Phoenix, losing profitability because of falling enrollments and high dropout rates, announced on Monday that it would eliminate most of its associate-degree programs, close even more of its physical campuses, and, for the first time, establish academic admissions requirements….”

  • University of Phoenix Lays Off 900 After Student Exodus

    “U of Phoenix is shrinking in every way possible. It has lost students, employees and campuses at a breathtaking pace, and it’s making much less money than it once did. The for-profit institution has shed about half of its students over the past five years, and the university has fired 900 employees since September…”

  • Congress Looks for Ways to Cut College Costs

    “As college costs continue to climb, Congress is taking a fresh look at federal financial aid and considering ways to stop states from driving up tuition at their public universities. Noting that more comprehensive financial aid policies will be useless if costs continue to skyrocket, higher education experts urged lawmakers last week to hold states accountable for funding public colleges and universities….”

  • For-Profit Group Will Appeal Decision Upholding Gainful-Employment Rule

    “The main trade association of for-profit colleges will appeal a ruling that upholds the U.S. Education Department’s gainful-employment rule, the group announced in a news release on Thursday. Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said in the release that the rule is “arbitrary and capricious and in violation of federal law….”

  • ISTE 2015: What You Need to Know From the K-12 IT Mega-Gathering

    “K-12’s premier ed tech conference saw almost 21,000 educators descend upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia last week for the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. Education Dive was on hand to hear about the latest best practices in deploying tech in the classroom and to check out the latest ed tech products and innovations on display….”

Local News


  • Busy Construction Season at Anchorage Schools this Summer
    “The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade, according to Edie Knapp, construction manager for the district. Knapp said $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer. They range from things like parking lot improvements to major renovations….”


  • CSU Stadium Moves Slower than Similar Projects
    “CSU’s new on-campus stadium could have been completed in time for the coming football season had it followed a typical timeline. The planning process for new stadiums, including community input, usually lasts about 10 to 12 months, Tim Romani, the chief executive officer for Icon Venue Group, told the Coloradoan….”



  • Inside U of C’s Startup Factory
    “The 3-D printers and laser-cutting machine have been installed, and entrepreneurs arrive this week to a newly renovated co-working space inside a century-old building in Hyde Park. Among the tenants will be researchers from Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont and Fermilab near Batavia, who will have space at the CIE. It marks the first time that the two national labs, which are managed by the U of C, will have a permanent presence on campus….”


  • Purdue Starts Construction on $50M Materials Research Facility
    “The new 62,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in the middle of next year, with the space split between university and private researchers. About $35 million for research equipment and materials in the institute will come from a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and private industries….”

New York

  • Move to Restrict Construction Noise Near Schools
    “A bill to curb construction noise near schools is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning but is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees it as impractical…”
  • State High Court OKs NYU’s $6B Plan to Expand Even Into Purported Parkland
    “In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeals rejected a last-ditch appeal by opponents of the expansion, led by Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, who claimed the City Council wrongly allowed parkland to be used for the project. The court ruled there was no evidence the parcels were formally dedicated as parkland….


  • Vt. School Districts Gear Up for Universal Pre-K
    “About a third of all Vermont school districts are moving ahead this fall with universal access to public pre-kindergarten, and many other districts aren’t far behind in complying with legislation that mandates universal pre-K by the 2016-17 school year….”


World News

  • Sabis Consortium to Launch 20 Schools in Africa
    “Sabis Education, the schools group, is to launch a chain of schools in Africa as part of a joint venture with Investbridge Capital (IBC) and Centrum Investment Company. The newly formed company will be funded by the three partners but plans to attract external investors in future….”

    Programme Highlights Revealed for World Academic Summit in Melbourne
    “The summit, which takes place at the University of Melbourne between 30 September and 2 October 2015, brings together world leaders from universities, government and industry to explore the future of world class universities….”