October 31 – November 7, 2014

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Finding Higher Ed Funding in Unlikely Places
    “From cashing in on beer sales at football games to providing community members with a safe way to trash old electronics for a fee, administrators are looking beyond tuition and endowments to make up for budget shortfalls….”
  • Five-Star Accommodations on Campus
    “Today’s incoming freshmen who have never shared a room want more privacy than previous generations of dorm dwellers would have ever expected. And many students now are especially not eager to share bathrooms with an entire hallway of classmates….”
  • Energy Synergy in Higher Education
    “Conservation on campus is about saving money and electricity at a time of lagging state funding and soaring global demand for power. Worldwide energy use is slated to jump 56 percent by 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, students and faculty are increasingly well-versed in energy use and are demanding sustainable solutions….”
  • Campus Leaders Plan Growth and Investment
    “Colleges and universities of all types and sizes are planning new investments in virtually all areas of operations as economic recovery entrenches itself in higher education, according to a University Business survey of campus leaders….”
  • Can Libraries Save the MOOC?
    “Besides being centers of information, libraries are perfectly situated to deliver the institutional support and physical infrastructure that can help students engage with online courses….”
  • 7 Competency-Based Higher Ed Programs to Keep an Eye On
    “The University of Michigan, The University of Wisconsin System, Purdue University, Western Governors University, Southern New Hampshire University, Capella University, Northern Arizona University: As the Education Department sorts out its process and criteria for approving more competency-based programs, here are seven institutions with programs that bear watching…”

Local News

Illinois   

  • Rockford Voters Support New Schools
    “The vote officially puts a $250 million 10-year facilities plan in motion. That means closing eight schools, building two and making improvements at the district’s nearly 40 other early childhood, elementary, middle and high school buildings. The district’s plan was adopted in August and endorsed by a coalition of community leaders known as the Better Schools Brighter Future campaign….”

Minnesota 

  • District’s $180M Plan Would Build New Middle School, Expand High Schools
    “All three District 833 high schools would be expanded, a new middle school would be built, the growing Nuevas Fronteras elementary Spanish immersion program would get its own facility and the district would move to buy Valley Crossing Community School as part of a modified facilities plan….”

Pennsylvania   

  • Pennsylvania Public Schools Get Their Report Cards
    “The state Department of Education Thursday released the profiles, which include academic building scores of up to 107 when seven points of possible extra credit are added. The profiles cover 2,947 public schools, including charter schools. A total of 2,134 scored 70 or higher….”

New York 

  • District’s $180M Plan Would Build New Middle School, Expand High Schools
    “All three District 833 high schools would be expanded, a new middle school would be built, the growing Nuevas Fronteras elementary Spanish immersion program would get its own facility and the district would move to buy Valley Crossing Community School as part of a modified facilities plan….”

Washington

  • Seattle Board Rejects Acquiring Downtown Building for School
    “Amid concerns about how to find enough funding for the project, Seattle school leaders voted unanimously Wednesday to turn down the chance to acquire the former Federal Reserve building downtown and turn it into an elementary school….”

 World News