September 8, 2015 – September 14, 2015

Must Read

  • We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special and At-Risk Education
    “We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special and At-Risk-Education is a timely book that explores the use by public schools of private education companies to meet the needs of some of the nation’s most challenged and challenging students. It offers grounded and thought-provoking perspectives on: the legal framework of PL94-142 and its successor IDEA; the disconnect between the needs of young children with autism and public school special education services; and the significant size of the at-risk population and the shortcomings of efforts to serve those students.”

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Building Learning Spaces in Unexpected Places
    “It takes a lot of imagination to envision an aging, moribund shopping mall as a high-tech campus and community hub. But Austin Community College (ACC) executives have worked hard to repurpose the former Highland Mall as the institution’s new Highland Campus, which is home to the ACCelerator, a high-tech learning lab providing access to more than 600 computer workstations for individualized learning and small group sessions….”
  • 4 Characteristics of a Good Ed Tech Investment
    “Forget MOOCS, say technology investors. What higher education institutions should invest in are personalized learning platforms that provide simple data on outcomes. This was the main take-away from a panel hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) on investing in education….”
  • Why Higher Ed Needs to Step Up Its IT Security Game
    “With colleges and universities becoming an ever more tempting target for hackers, there is a growing demand for c-level leadership in the realm of cybersecurity. But do institutions know what to look for in a CISO?…”
  • Campus Sustainability Positions Growing
    “Positions and offices within the field of campus sustainability continue to grow and evolve, according to the 2015 Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)….”
  • FAFSA Reform
    “The federal government, starting late next year, will allow students to apply for federal student aid based on their family’s income from two years earlier instead of the immediately previous year, the White House announced Sunday….”
  • Pointing a Finger at For-Profits
    “The spike in student loan defaults over the last decade has been fueled by students attending for-profit colleges and, to a lesser degree, community colleges, according to a new analysis of millions of federal student loan records….”
  • The Biggest Potential, and Biggest Challenge, to Big Data in Higher Ed
    “The era of big data in higher education has arrived. However, it’s important for campuses to figure out how to properly capture, manage, and use this data wisely in order to improve student outcomes and retention at their institution….”

Local News

California

Maryland

Michigan

  • U-Michigan to Invest $100M in Big Data Initiative
    “The University of Michigan over five years will invest $100 million in a big data initiative with researchers seeking insights in four targeted areas—healthcare, learning analytics, social sciences, and transportation….”

Ohio

Washington

  • Washington State Nixes Support for Charters
    “Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that charter schools are “unconstitutional,” overturning a 2012 law that allowed publicly funded but privately operated schools. The court deliberated for a year before issuing its findings, which state:…”

World News

  • QA Acquires NETbuilder Academy
    “IT training firm QA has acquired NETbuilder Academy, a corporate training business focused on digital skills.….”
  • India: CL Educate Acquires 51% Stake in Accendere KMS
    “Indian education provider CL Educate has acquired a 51% stake in Accendere Knowledge Management Services for an undisclosed sum….”
  • EnglishCentral Acquires Japanese Language Start-Up
    “American online language tutoring company EnglishCentral has acquired a Japanese rival, Langrich, for an undisclosed sum. EnglishCentral, headquartered in Massachusetts, claims more than 100,000 paying users per month. The service is available in more than 100 countries and at over 400 universities internationally….”
  • China: Virscend Education Announces IPO Plan
    “Private Chinese education group Virscend Education has announced its intention to float on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange…The company currently has a total of 31,500 students enrolledm up 7.8% on a yearly basis….”
  • Philippines: CEU Acquires Las Piñas College for £2.8m
    “For-profit Filipino university Centro Escolar University (CEU) has acquired Las Piñas College (LPC) for P200 million (£2.8 million)….”