March 13, 2015 – March 20, 2015

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • 9 Ed Tech Developments to Note from SXSWedu 2015
    “As you might expect, there was plenty of ed tech innovation on display at last week’s SXSWedu in Austin, TX — ranging from game-based learning and satellites for STEM to a simpler solution for assembling citations. In no particular order, here are nine ed tech developments to note from SXSWedu….”
  • Pearson’s Don Kilburn Talks Remediation Costs and Outcomes
    “According to Kilburn, there are three core areas where modest improvement can reduce the cost of remediation and improve outcomes significantly: assessing outcomes at every stage, including products and services; using ed tech as the catalyst for improvement; and providing professional development on new tools and methods….”
  • Inland American Communities becomes University House Communities
    “Inland American Communities Group, Inc. (IAC), a development, acquisition and management company dedicated to creating authentic communities in university markets across the United States, has officially rebranded to become University House Communities (UHC)….”
  • America’s First Muslim College Gains Accreditation In Berkeley
    “Zaytuna College announced on Sunday that it was formerly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the six official academic bodies responsible for authorizing public and private colleges and universities….”
  • Let Tech Hubs Take Root Throughout Region
    “Other cities around the world are scheming like this in hopes of becoming the next Silicon Valley. From Singapore to Sarasota, you’ll find “tech innovation zones” being pushed by cities and well-connected developers — developers of real estate, not code….”
  • Google to Host Free Online Conference for Educators
    “A free online conference for educators on May 8-9, 2015. The conference will feature sessions from 100+ educators, students, researchers, Googlers and leaders. Day 1 will focus on leading for the future while Day 2 will center around shaping the classroom today, with sessions specifically on coding and STEM….”
  • Stanford President Expects More Digital in Higher Ed
    “Hennessy started off his talk by trying to reassure the presidents, who are regularly barraged by those saying that there is no value in higher education or that the undergraduate experience serves little purpose. Hennessy disagrees….And as for MOOCs, which many still predict will displace traditional teaching, he said that they “were the answer when we weren’t sure what the question was….”
  • Education Dept. Considers Creating Not 1 but 2 College-Ratings Systems
    “The Education Department, under continued fire over its planned college-rating system, is considering creating two systems, an agency official said at a policy briefing here on Monday….”
  • Website Aims to Replace Community Colleges
    “Could an online education resource eliminate the need for community colleges? Such an undertaking might seem drastic, but it’s exactly what the newly re-launched Study.com aims to accomplish….”
  • New Pathway in Higher-Ed Sifts Out Serious Professionals
    “Capella University’s competency-based FlexPath program just announced one of their first graduating class–and they may just be the best of the best….”
  • Website Aims to Replace Community Colleges
    “Could an online education resource eliminate the need for community colleges? Such an undertaking might seem drastic, but it’s exactly what the newly re-launched Study.com aims to accomplish….”

Local News

Delaware

Illinois

Iowa

  • Construction to Begin in May on New ISU Dorm
    “Construction on a new, $49.5 million residence hall at Iowa State University that will house 784 students is scheduled to begin May 11, the university announced last week….”

Minnesota

  • Maki Named President of Five MnSCU Colleges
    “Bill Maki, vice president of finance and administration at BSU and Northwest Technical College, was named Wednesday as the new president of the Northeast Higher Education District….”

Oregon

 World News