November 28 – December 5, 2015

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Department of Education Walks Delicate Line on Single-Sex Classrooms
    “The Department of Education doesn’t have much to say about the science of whether boys and girls’ brains work differently. But if you read between the lines of its guidance on single-sex public education released Monday, it’s clear the agency is not sold on it….”
  • A Flexible Future – Higher Ed Blended Learning
    “Some of the country’s most rigorous research universities have a new obsession: flexibility. As the institutions contemplate a more modular future, experiments with blended learning may provide an early glimpse at their plans….”
  • Universities Building Again After Recession
    “There’s definitely been an increase in construction activity on college campuses since the recession,” said Dan Kenney, head of campus planning and site design for Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts-based planning and design firm….”
  • The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education
    “Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, is on record saying that as many as half of U.S. colleges and universities will go out of business in the next 15 years. His case for arguing this stems from extensive research on technology-driven “disruptive innovations” across many industries….”
  • Higher Education: Identifying the Senior Team
    “There are big changes coming in American higher education. College and university governance must accommodate these changes and shape rather than be shaped by them. The changes reflect both the simple reality that the financing structure doesn’t work and that external forces will impose new challenges and opportunities upon senior leadership….”
  • 13 Higher Ed Tech Tools and Approaches to Watch in 2015
    “Biometric Signature ID, Capella University’s FlexPath, Civitas Learning, Colorado Technical University’s Intellipath, Johnson County Community College’s Learning Studios, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s U-Pace….”
  • White House Summit Delivers Praise, Criticism of College Heads
    “The second White House college summit held Thursday was bigger and focused on a broader range of institutions than the inaugural January event. And it also, in part, more vividly illustrated what seems to be an ongoing tension of the Obama administration’s higher agenda: how to promote the value and importance of colleges while also seeking to hold institutions more accountable, especially for their tuition prices….”

 Local News

Indiana

Massachusettes

  • Public Higher Ed Poised to Seek 8.8 Percent Budget Hike
    “The state’s public universities and community colleges are poised to ask for an additional $48.8 million in next year’s state budget, a nearly 9 percent increase that officials describe as necessary to keep public higher education affordable and meet the degree needs of the state’s future workforce….”

Minnesota

New Jersey

New York

 World News

  • China and Academic Freedom
    “The growing number of educational partnerships between Chinese and American colleges could see increased congressional scrutiny, as some critics argue the Chinese government’s influence in such initiatives undermines academic freedom….”