September 14, 2015 – September 21, 2015

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Going Back to School
    “First-time graduate school enrollment was up 3.5 percent in 2014 from the year before, the biggest annual increase since 2009, according to a report out today from the Council of Graduate Schools.….”
  • What are the ‘Most Innovative’ Schools Doing to Earn Their Titles?
    “U.S. News & World Report has expanded its ranking system once again, giving extra attention in the 2016 listings to colleges and universities known for their innovation. In a survey of college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans, U.S. News & World Report asked for nominations of up to 10 schools making innovative improvements to their curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities….”
  • Liberal Arts Programs are Feeling the Squeeze from Big Education
    “In May, Sweet Briar College announced it would shut down under financial duress. The move stunned alumni and students, but the financial pressures it faces have become disturbingly common. Moody’s currently ranks 16 U.S. colleges’ bonds as junk, and another 20 on the cusp of junk status, or as “low investment grade.” Sweet Briar probably will not be the last to flirt with closure.….”
  • A Crisis in Student Loans?
    “This paper examines the rise in student loan delinquency and default drawing on a unique set of administrative data on federal student borrowing, matched to earnings records from de- identified tax records….”
  • Online Program Development in an Era of Rapid Institutional Change
    “It seems as if every month another university or college announces its intentions to develop fully online degree programs. For some institutions, the move online is tied to shifts in enrollments, as declines in eligible high school graduates give way to a focus on the so-called non-traditional learner….”
  • Charter Schools Are Here to Stay
    “While the court’s decision illustrates the significant political and policy barriers that charter schools still face in many states, it also highlights how deeply entrenched charters have become in the landscape of U.S. public education.….”
  • If You Build It, They Will Come…Won’t They?
    “The University of Cincinnati is trying to raise its profile through a risky (but increasingly common) investment: expensive architecture….”
  • School Safety Solutions Advance
    “Three years ago, Tom Brabson, business manager of Plain Local Schools in northeastern Ohio, heard the superintendent of a district 60 miles away describe how his life had changed in 22 seconds. In those seconds, a troubled 17-year-old sprayed the Chardon High School cafeteria with bullets, killing three fellow students and creating widespread panic.….”
  • Coming In From the Cold: Three Trends That Are Shaping the Future of Higher Education
    “The assumption that higher education’s status quo is working, and that there is no need for change, is the biggest impediment to the innovation and transformation of institutional models and structures….”

Local News

Massachusetts

  • Five Students Sue to Lift State’s Charter School Cap
    “Three prominent Boston lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday that seeks to lift the state cap on the number of charter schools, arguing that the limit unfairly denies thousands of Massachusetts students their constitutional right to a quality education….”

New York

  • Millions in Construction Projects Underway at UAlbany
    “At UAlbany, the largest college in the Albany area, $286 million in projects are under design. Projects under design include a $59 million renovation project to the former Albany high school and the $150 million emerging technology and entrepreneurship complex, or E-TEC, construction….”

Ohio

  • UD to Create New Corporation to Commercialize Technology
    “UD’s school of engineering, school of business and school of law are working together on the initiative, which they are calling Leonardo Enterprises. They hope to build an independent enterprise with a board of directors in the local business community that moves technology from the idea phase into a more fully-formed commercial operation.….”

World News