March 20, 2015 – March 27, 2015

Industry Related Reports

 

National News

  • As Industry Changes, Some Liberal Arts Colleges Still Thrive
    “The number of liberal arts colleges, as traditionally defined, has declined, and earlier this month, two liberal arts colleges announced they would close at the end of this academic year. But some leaders of the small, private schools say they’ve found ways to remain both financially stable and true to their liberal arts mission….”
  • Taking the Tech Track
    “McKinsey & Co. estimates that by 2018, the U.S. will be short as many as 190,000 people with much-needed deep analytical skills and 1.5 million managers qualified to assess and make decisions based on data….”
  • EDGE Edtech® Launches Accelerator in New York City for Education Technology Start-Ups
    “Each of the ten companies selected for the program will receive $170,000 in funding. Applications are available at www.EdgeAccelerator.com –rolling admissions begin immediately with selections concluding June 25….”
  • Student-Loan Default Rates Are Easily Gamed. Here’s a Better Measure.
    “This disconnect between repayment, completion, and default exposes a significant flaw in the key metric the federal government uses to police its student-loan programs and decide which colleges to bar from eligibility. And it highlights the weakness of current attempts at accountability around student loans….”
  • Evolution of Early Colleges
    “Higher education aims for retention and completion boost when students come to college better prepared—and with a few course credits….”
  • College for Convicts
    “Twenty-five miles from Montgomery, Ala., in the middle of the tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative Deep South, sits an unusual place of learning…This is J. F. Ingram State Technical College, where every student is incarcerated. The college was created by the state in 1965, and it is adjacent to one prison but offers programs in eight others….”
  • Texas-Size Math Lab
    “Administrators and instructors at Austin Community College decided to go big when they tried a new approach to remedial math — like 600 computer stations in the nation’s largest learning lab big….”
  • Global Patent Leaders
    “American universities applied for far more international patents than those of other countries in 2014, according to a report released Friday by the World International Patent Organization….”
  • Close But No Merger
    “The colleges, St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College, have worked together on educational offerings for two decades, but lately had been talking about bringing their institutions far closer legally and operationally. Both are concerned about enrollment declines….”
  • Operating Income Plummets at Apollo Education
    “US for-profit higher education firm Apollo Education Group has posted a 96.7% fall in operating income for the six months ended 28 February 2015….”
  • Kayne Anderson Deal Shows Student Housing Winning Favor
    “Investors are getting more comfortable with student housing. Consider Freddie Mac FMCC -0.84%’s sale earlier this month of $734.5 million in commercial mortgage backed securities that were primarily backed by about 8,800 units of student housing owned by Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors LP….”
  • University of Phoenix Has Lost Half Its Students
    “Enrollment at America’s largest for-profit university was about 460,000 students five years ago. Now it’s 213,000….”

 Local News

California

Colorado

Illinois

  • Rapid Rise in Chicago
    “Five years ago, Kennedy-King College of Chicago had a relatively low graduation and transfer rate of 34 percent. But since then the college increased that rate by 50 percent, with more than half of students completing in 2011….”

Montana

New Jersey

Ohio

  • Changes to Ohio House’s Charter-School Bill Puzzle Some
    “House Bill 2 now says the amount paid for a lease can be no more than 5 percent above market value for charter schools that have contracted with an operator. The provision would affect contracts taking effect after the bill becomes law….”

World News