MAY 8, 2015 – MAY 15, 2015

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Improved Economy Leads to Enrollment Dips Among Two-Year and For-Profit Colleges
    “College enrollment numbers tend to be cyclical. A poor economy forces many adult learners into the classroom to retrain or hone their skills, but when it improves, enrollments decrease as they return to the workforce….”
  • Millennials Are Shaping the Mobile Workspace of the Future [#Infographic]
    “The future for higher ed learning is more robust mobile workspaces….”
  • As Concern Over Student-Loan Servicers Grows, a Watchdog Steps Up Scrutiny
    “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been monitoring the sector since last March, said it would seek information on practices that “create repayment challenges” or set up “hurdles for distressed borrowers.” The agency is also interested in “economic incentives that may affect the quality of service” provided to borrowers, it said in a statement….”
  • Growth in State-Run Preschool Programs Moving at Snail’s Pace
    “A new report on state-funded pre-kindergarten programs says that funding, enrollment and quality was up somewhat in 2014 but that the pace of progress was way too slow and that wide disparities exist in states across the country. Just how slow is slow? If the 2013-2014 growth in enrollment continues, it would take 150 years to reach 70 percent enrollment….”
  • 2015’s Top Education Technology Trends
    “Each year, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE release the NMC Horizon Report, which looks at the technology most likely to shape education in the next five years. The 2015 report highlights a number of key changes that educators, those at the higher education level in particular, should be aware of….”
  • Networks, Laptops Driving Higher Education Spending
    “Network and laptop purchases are expected to help grow IT spending in higher education organizations to $6.6 billion this year IDC said this week….”
  • Small College, Big Online Partners
    “Champlain College is making a surprising play in the online adult learner market, slashing its private college tuition rates for corporate partners to compete for their employees’ tuition assistance dollars….”
  • Problems Deepen for ITT
    “Federal regulators stepped up their scrutiny of ITT Educational Services on Tuesday, charging the large for-profit chain and its two top executives with fraud for allegedly concealing massive losses in two student loan programs the company backed….”
  • Community College Consolidation
    “Two community colleges roughly 75 miles apart in northwest Ohio are creating a new regional government agency smack-dab between them so they can consolidate many administrative functions and — potentially — academic and other programs, too….”
  • Is Newest ‘American U. of…’ Really American?
    “The institutions have been led by American educators, featured American (and other Western-educated) faculty members, and promoted a broad liberal arts-based education, along with top professional programs. Review and recognition has been provided by American accreditors.But how American does a university need to be to call itself the American University of wherever?…”
  • Brick by Brick
    “The next-generation learning management system shouldn’t be a system at all, but a “digital learning environment” where individual components — from grade books to analytics to support for competency-based education — fit together like Lego bricks, a new white paper recommends….”
  • Community College Consolidation
    “Two community colleges roughly 75 miles apart in northwest Ohio are creating a new regional government agency smack-dab between them so they can consolidate many administrative functions and — potentially — academic and other programs, too….”

Local News

California

Indiana

  • Construction to Begin on College Housing Project
    “The joint venture between the university and longtime local developer Gene Zink will feature 196 furnished units (480 student capacity) with kitchens, living areas, washers and dryers, in a variety of floor plans from one to four bedrooms, each bedroom with a private bath….”

Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky Starts Major Construction Project
    “Major construction is now underway on the south side of the University of Kentucky to improve traffic flow….”
  • As State Cuts Funds, Graduation Rates Decline Sharply
    “Last year, Kentucky had the largest per-student funding cut in the nation, at $179, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. It is just one of three states — joining Oklahoma and West Virginia — that cut per-student funding in each of the past two years….”

Massachusetts

  • UMass Building Boom Could be Coming to End
    “The building boom across all five University of Massachusetts campuses over the past decade could be coming to an end, according to the outgoing president, as the university approaches its debt limit and will be forced to slow down building growth unless the state assumes some of its debt….”

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

  • For-Profit Brookstone College of Business Closing Down
    “Brookstone College of Business cited the impact of federal regulations that aim to make career-training programs prove they lead to jobs and the ability to repay student debt. The for-profit college industry fought against these “gainful employment” rules, calling them arbitrary….”

Texas

World News