August 22, 2016 – August 29, 2016

Industry Related Reports

 National News

Local News

California

Georgia

  • Atlanta May Expand to Cover Emory University
    “Emory University hopes to make official what many outside the metropolitan area already assume to be the case: It wants the 631-acre campus to become a part of the city of Atlanta….”

Illinois

  • Chicago Schools Step Back From Brink Ahead of Bond-Market Return
    “A year after being cut to junk by all three major bond-rating companies, Chicago’s school system has won an influx of state aid, secured extra tax money for its pensions and quieted speculation that the crisis is so severe that bankruptcy is inevitable. Its bonds have rallied….”
  • Chicago School Board Approves $5.4B CPS Budget
    “A year after being cut to junk by all three major bond-rating companies, Chicago’s school system has won an influx of state aid, secured extra tax money for its pensions and quieted speculation that the crisis is so severe that bankruptcy is inevitable. Its bonds have rallied….”

New York

  • Bard’s Big Cash Crunch
    “Bard College takes (another) ratings downgrade on liquidity concerns. Can leaders keep defying the conventional financial wisdom?…”

Nevada

  • U Nevada Las Vegas Opening Lab Dedicated to E-Sports
    “International Gaming Institute will help students explore the segment of video game culture that brings players and spectators together physically and virtually for massive video game competitions….”

Utah

World News

August 15, 2016 – August 22, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Coding Goes Mainstream
    “Traditional colleges including Northeastern University and Bellevue College are entering the coding boot camp market by partnering with boot camp providers or by creating their own programs….”
  • Quality and Noncollege Learning
    “Education Department announces eight winning partnerships in experiment to open federal aid to alternative providers, with a possibly influential new way of assuring academic quality….”
  • Different Funding Systems, Same Underlying Problems
    “New report notes wide variation in the way states support community colleges, even if none of them are providing enough money….”
  • Tiny Dorm Rooms
    “For the College of Wooster and the College of Charleston, bigger isn’t always better. Both have designed student housing that embraces the concept of tiny living, offering relatively few square feet per student….”
  • Not Your Grandfather’s Corporate Training: 5 Trends Changing Workforce Learning
    “Here are some of the trends that you’ll start to notice in corporate learning in the near future. Most of them are still in their early days of implementation with just a number of trendsetters paving the way for the rest. In general, the industries most responsive to these new developments are technology-based ones, usually with a young employee demographic….”
  • Rethinking the Higher Education Model: Controlling Costs and Supporting Completion
    “The postsecondary model is unsound, and that is becoming increasingly evident to today’s students. More must be done to help control costs and to support their persistence and completion….”
  • Transformation in the Business Education Marketplace: The Impetus to Change
    “As the expectations, needs and demographics of today’s students and today’s employers continue to shift, business schools must adapt and evolve to survive….”
  • Facing Money Woes, the Nation’s Colleges Double Down on Innovative Ideas
    “Budget constraints are compelling some public institutions to pursue alternative methods of financing their major building projects….”
  • Top 100 K-12 School Architecture Firms
    “DLR Group, Stantec, and Huckabee top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 school sector architecture and A/E firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”
  • Top 60 K-12 School Engineering Firms
    “AECOM, Jacobs, and STV top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 school sector engineering and E/A firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”
  • Top 80 K-12 School Construction Firms
    “Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, and Core Construction head Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 school sector construction and construction management firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”
  • Top 100 University Architecture Firms
    “Gensler, Perkins+Will, and CannonDesign top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest university sector architecture and A/E firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”
  • Top 70 University Engineering Firms
    “AECOM, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Jacobs top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest university sector engineering and E/A firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”
  • Top 100 University Construction Firms
    “Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, and Skanska USA top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest university sector construction and construction management firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report….”

 

Local News

Alaska

California

  • 16 New Magnet Schools
    “New school year, new survival strategy. Faced with declining enrollment and a growing challenge from independent charter schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District opened the academic year Tuesday highlighting one balm for its problems: 16 new magnet schools….”

Connecticut

  • UConn Establishes $1.5 Million Fund to Help Commercialize New Tech
    “The University of Connecticut has created a $1.5 million Innovation Fund to provide university-affiliated businesses with the early-stage financial support they need to stay and grow in the state. Established in partnership with Connecticut Innovations (CI) and Webster Bank, the fund offers up to $100,000 for any student, faculty member or alumnus with an “in-state business startup tied to research, advanced technologies or innovations developed at UConn.…”

Illinois

  • Chicago Schools Step Back From Brink Ahead of Bond-Market Return
    “A year after being cut to junk by all three major bond-rating companies, Chicago’s school system has won an influx of state aid, secured extra tax money for its pensions and quieted speculation that the crisis is so severe that bankruptcy is inevitable. Its bonds have rallied….”

Pennsylvania

  • Baby Steps
    “Washington & Jefferson dips its toe into graduate programs, but leaders of the traditionally undergraduate college admit it’s a balancing act, and are moving more modestly than other colleges trying to diversify their offerings….”

Texas

Utah

West Virginia

World News

July 25, 2016 – August 1, 2016

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Next Act for Corinthian Campuses
    “Zenith Education gets a new CEO and $250 million from its guaranty agency owner, to continue effort to reinvent career education and recover from shedding 29 campuses and 23,000 students since buying the remains of failed for-profit….”
  • ITT to Reduce Enrollment by Nearly 60%
    “The potential collapse of ITT from new federal regulations could signal the collapse of the entire for-profit industry, given the school’s dominance in the higher ed marketplace. In tandem with the collapse of Corinthian Colleges, the closure of other institutions, and mounting pressure against its accreditor, the for-profit industry at large is facing a very real threat of dismantling….”
  • Report Details How Innovation Can Increase Campus Revenue Options
    “Federal education officials are already endorsing ideas about colleges sharing financial risk with students and graduates, but colleges can be even more strategic about the risk by engaging corporate partners on the front end of alternative revenue planning….”
  • Five Steps to Building an Academic Innovation Engine
    “Institutional transformation and innovation needs to be a priority for everyone at every level of the institution—it cannot be the sole responsibility of senior leadership. That said, senior leadership must create an environment in which innovation thrives….”
  • Balancing Risk and Innovation in Higher Education
    “Without an appropriate balance of risk taking and caution, no organization can succeed….”
  • The Future of Continuing Education
    “There are significant opportunities for continuing education to serve adults looking to invest in their own personal and professional development as the labor market becomes increasingly competitive and knowledge-based….”
  • Strategic Planning and Shared Direction: More Important Than Ever in Higher Ed
    “Given the perfect storm of challenges and changes occurring in the higher education space today, it’s critical that college and university leaders work collaboratively with their communities to create strategic plans that help them to map their institutions’ path forward….”

 Local News

Arkansas

  • Bentonville College Says Springdale Campus Will Fuel Growth
    “Northwest Arkansas Community College officials said at a retreat Saturday that having a large, centrally located facility in Washington County will better serve students and help increase enrollment… Currently the college leases roughly 25,000 square feet of space across four buildings in parts of Washington County….”

California

  • Los Angeles Unified Will Open First Single-Gender School in 20 Years
    “The Girls Academic Leadership Academy, to be known as GALA, represents the first single-gender school Los Angeles Unified has created in almost two decades — a move that is only questionably legal… EdSource reports state law prohibits single-sex schools while federal law allows it, providing an opening for the STEM-focused GALA and an all-boys school that is expected to open its doors in 2017….”

Indiana

  • College Students, Tech Jobs Are Drivers of Niche Apartment Construction
    “A sudden building spree of more than $100 million of student-focused projects is occurring downtown near IUPUI. With more than 1,000 units currently under construction or in the works, these new deliveries signal a real change for IUPUI from a commuter orientation to that of a residential campus….”

Vermont

  • Vermont’s Merger Map
    “Experts praise a proposed arrangement — which system officials avoid calling the “M-word” — but faculty members on the affected campuses worry about local identity….”

Washington

  • Collaboration, Not Competition
    “Nine institutions in Pierce County, Wash., are working together to foster a college-going culture among local K-12 students….”

World News

  • Progress in Myanmar
    ““Now that the first nonmilitary president of Myanmar since 1962, Htin Kyaw, has been elected and Suu Kyi has taken on the new role of state counselor (roughly equivalent to prime minister), MacKenzie reported that “rectors are more accessible” and “the new government is open for business and has a better idea of what university autonomy is’….”
  • Turkey’s Fraying International Ties
    “A crackdown on Turkey’s higher education sector after a failed coup has far-reaching effects for fraying academic collaboration and exchange….”
  • Survey Reveals Study abroad Trends of International Students
    “A recently-released Global Citizen Index survey indicates the economic impact and study abroad habits of global citizens, especially groups of students from Asian nations who value travel experiences for learning and profession….”

April 18, 2016 – April 25, 2016

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Scenes From Ed-Tech Heaven (or Hell)
    “The ASU GSV Summit, where investors and start-ups frolic, welcomes more educators and focuses more on working with higher ed than on conquering it….”
  • Can AI Fix Education? We Asked Bill Gates
    “The rise of smartphones has transformed the way students communicate and entertain themselves. But the classrooms they spend so much of their time in remain stubbornly resistant to transformation. On one hand, technology has long had a home in classrooms — I learned to type on an Apple IIe in the late 1980s….”
  • Accreditor Victory in Duel With CFPB
    “Federal judge rules Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks the authority to investigate for-profit-college accreditors….”
  • A Health Care Strategy for Higher Ed
    “Hospitals are experimenting with a new model of care to tackle the demands of an aging population. The same model could help colleges improve student retention rates, experts say….”
  • Capella Acquires Software Engineering School for Women
    “US distance learning business Capella Education Group has acquired Hackbright Academy, a non-degree software engineering school for women for $18 million….”

Local News

Hawaii

Massachusetts

  • Rebate for Completion
    “Massachusetts is offering money to community college students who enroll full time, finish on time and transfer….”

New York

  • Alpha Plus to Open New York School
    “Britain’s Alpha Plus Group is to open its first American school in New York, EducationInvestor can reveal. The school, which will be called Wetherby-Pembridge School New York, will be located on the Upper East Side near Central Park and will open in September 2017….”

World News

  • Report Calls for Private Sector Involvement in African Education
    “According to the report, published ahead of the company’s Education Innovation’ conference in June, factors such as a high population growth rate and more families looking into non-state education are paving the way for corporate activity…”
  • Apax Partners Snaps up Laureate’s French Institutions
    “For-profit higher education group Laureate has sold its French education division to local private equity firm Apax Partners for an undisclosed sum. The Laureate France division includes the European Business School (EBS); École Centrale d’Electronique (ECE); École Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur (ESCE); executive training business Institut Français de Gestion and Centre d’Études Politiques et de la Communication (CEPC)….”
  • Korea’s Internationalization Challenge
    “An interview with the president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology….”

May 23, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Innovative French Tech School, 42, Pays $26.2MM for Planned Fremont Campus
    “Cushman & Wakefield announced today that 42, a non-profit technology school based in Paris, has launched in the United States. Featuring a space of approximately 200,000 square feet, 42 is located in the Silicon Valley, at Fremont, CA in a building designed to promote an innovative teaching method….”
  • Investcorp Sells GL Education Testing Business
    “US private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has acquired the UK-based assessment provider GL Education for an undisclosed sum….”
  • States Investing the Most in Higher Education
    “The total cost of attending college in the United States has risen dramatically in recent decades — faster than inflation and faster than wage growth. Government investments in public higher education can lower tuition expenses for college students, but many governments actually cut their education funding significantly when the recession hit. While in the last three years, state spending of public universities has begun to recover, growing to $6,966 per student last year, state-level support for higher education institutions still trails pre-recession levels….”
  • DeVry Education Buys ACAMS for $330M
    “DeVry Education, the US higher education group, is to acquire the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) for $330 million (£225 million) through its Becker Professional Education subsidiary….”
  • Five Factors That Differentiate Business Schools
    “As the business education marketplace becomes increasingly crowded, business schools need to start looking internally to determine whether they have the differentiating factors needed to stand out and succeed….”
  • The Profit Prophet: Clayton Christensen and the Future of American Higher Education
    “Though Clayton Christensen’s predictions about mass institutional closures created a panic across the postsecondary space, his work might not be as impervious to criticism as some may think….”
  • Niching in Higher Education: Moving the Needle Towards Simple Niches
    “While many institutional leaders will adopt the principles of mass niching—which simplifies the process as it equalizes all options—colleges and universities will be more successful over the long term by focusing on simple niching….”
  • The Potential for Stackable Credentials: From 30,000 Feet
    “Stackable credentials present numerous benefits to both students and institutions, but movement is slowed by the change-averse nature of postsecondary education….”

Local News

Massachusetts

  • A Chinese Partnership for ENG
    “Beginning in fall 2017, some of China’s best and brightest engineers will come to BU to complete their education. Under a new dual degree program, graduates from Beijing’s Tsinghua University, one of China’s top universities, will be able to get a master’s degree in systems engineering at the College of Engineering….”

Nevada

New York

  • New Innovative High Schools
    “Earlier this week, Superintendent Kriner Cash held a ribbon cutting for one of his new concept schools called Innovative High Schools. These high schools will focus on getting students outfitted with an education concentration that will allow them to succeed in job placement in WNY and beyond. The initiative is part of Cash’s redesign and launch of New Innovative High Schools as part of his commitment towards an ongoing directive known as New Education Bargain with Students and Parents (NEB)….”
  • Albany State, Darton Announce Names of Five New Colleges
    “The presidents of Albany State University and Darton State College on Thursday announced the names of five colleges that will make up the academic unit of the new Albany State University, adding to the momentum of efforts to consolidate the two institutions….”

North Carolina

Wisconsin

  • Colleges Invest Millions in Tech Training
    “Central Wisconsin employers are demanding so many more computer specialists that two regional technical colleges are investing $1.5 million to expand training for information technology professionals….”

World News

May 30, 2016 – June 6, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Real Estate’s Real Deal in Higher Ed
    “US for-profit higher education group DeVry Education has appointed Patrick Unzicker as its new chief financial officer. He replaces Timothy Wiggins who held the post for five years. Unzicker has worked for DeVry since 2006 and most recently was vice president, chief accounting officer and treasurer of the group….”
  • DeVry Replaces CFO in Another Management Reshuffle
    “US for-profit higher education group DeVry Education has appointed Patrick Unzicker as its new chief financial officer. He replaces Timothy Wiggins who held the post for five years. Unzicker has worked for DeVry since 2006 and most recently was vice president, chief accounting officer and treasurer of the group….”
  • Talent Development and Personalization Central to Long-Term Institutional Success
    “As the students and the expectations continue to evolve, higher education institutions must look beyond their outdated models to adapt to the changing marketplace….”
  • The Potential for Stackable Credentials: In The Trenches
    “Stackable credentials have transformed the way some institutions look at workforce preparation and program design, but more needs to change at the four-year and governmental level for this programs to be truly impactful….”
  • Student-Centricity No Longer a Choice, But an Obligation
    “A commitment to student-centricity means ensuring delivering a high-quality student experience both inside and outside the classroom….”

Local News

Arizona

  • Saint Xavier University to Close Gilbert Campus Less Than a Year After Opening
    “Saint Xavier University, the Chicago-area-based Catholic school heralded as Gilbert’s partner in economic development and a “blessing,” has announced it is closing less than a year after it opened.​ Gilbert spent tens of millions of tax dollars to build a downtown campus for the school, but Saint Xavier University officials cited uncertain future funding in the school’s home state for the decision….”

Kentucky

  • The Department and St. Catharine
    “St. Catharine College is closing, and the small private institution blames its demise on a version of the same Education Department sanction that toppled the for-profit Corinthian Colleges….”

Minnesota

  • Red Wing Group Making Push to Bring 4-year College to City
    “A group in Red Wing is hoping to bring a four-year college to the city. ‘We look like a college town, but we don’t have a college,’ said Tom Longlet, a board member of the Jones Family Foundation and retired Red Wing banker. The foundation has worked toward bringing a four-year college to Red Wing for several years, and now that mission is being taken up by the Red Wing Higher Education Partnership….”

Texas

  • How Cities and Universities Can Defy Old Stereotypes of Town-Gown Conflict
    “Next month, 50 medical students in Austin will show the country what can happen when a university and the city around it collaborate to bring fresh ideas to ongoing challenges. It’s been decades since a major American research university has created a new medical school from scratch. But the entire community has come together to launch the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin with the goal to rethink health care. That will begin with this inaugural class….”
  • Straus Orders Texas House to Study School Finance
    “Citing a recent Texas Supreme Court decision that upheld the state’s public school funding system while deeming it “undeniably imperfect,” state House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday ordered representatives to study the school finance system and recommend reforms before the 2017 legislative session….”

World News

June 6, 2016 – June 13, 2016

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Focus on Certificates Boosts Completion Goals
    “Louisiana and other states are closer to reaching college completion goals as their emphasis shifts to more certificates in addition to degrees….”
  • Final Push for State Authorization Rule
    “Education Department will push to finalize rule on state approval of online programs before the end of the year….”
  • From 4-Year to 2-Year
    “New report on transfer of struggling students from universities to community colleges finds students benefit from moving in nontraditional direction….”
  • Senate Bill Backs Year-Round Pell
    “Bill approved by Senate appropriations subcommittee would reinstate full-year grants for low-income students and provide $2 billion more in funding for the National Institutes of Health….”
  • Class of 2015 Is Finding Work
    “Six months after graduation, the majority of graduates from the class of 2015 found jobs or returned for more education….”
  • Accreditor, and Accreditation, on Trial
    “When a federal panel weighs whether to keep recognizing an overseer of for-profit colleges this month, the feds and the accreditor alike will be judged on the outcome….”
  • Obama Administration Turns Up the Heat on For-Profit College Chain ITT
    “The Education Department on Monday sent ITT Educational Services a letter requesting the for-profit chain to set aside more money to cover losses in the event of its collapse, citing an increased risk to the millions of dollars in federal loans and grants funneled to students attending the schools….”
  • Goldman Sachs Education Center at LaGuardia Community College
    “At an event held earlier today at LaGuardia Community College, which was attended by Lloyd Blankfein, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Jack Dorsey, and Michael Porter, plans were unveiled for the new Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center located on the LaGuardia Community College campus….”
  • This Chart Tells a Fascinating Story About Higher Education
    “So much has changed in a generation: who attends college, how they learn, and what their lives are like outside of the classroom. A chart produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation captures the complexity of the higher education landscape and why there can be no one-size-fits-all approach. Take a look:”
  • Feds Consider Whether to Shut For-Profit College Watchdog
    “Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools…”

Local News

California

  • GI Bill Benefits on the Brink
    “For-profit Ashford University, facing loss of access to GI Bill benefits by month’s end, needs approval from a state to stop thousands of student veterans from losing aid….”

Colorado

Illinois

  • Cuts Questioned at U of Chicago
    “Faculty members and students worry they’re paying the price for construction projects amid a focus on cutting administrative costs….”

Kentucky

  • Indian Students Lured by Recruiters Asked to Leave University
    “An aggressive campaign to recruit graduate students from India to study at Western Kentucky University has ended badly, with more than one-third of the students asked to leave the program after their first semester, a university official said….”

New York

  • Dowling College Rescinds Decision to Close, Negotiates Deal to Stay Open
    “A small liberal arts college on Long Island that was on the brink of closing down is close to a deal to keep its doors open. Dowling College is negotiating with Global University Systems, an organization based in London, to keep the Oakdale school open since Monday, the school announced Wednesday, confirming what a source told NBC 4 New York earlier….”

World News

June 13, 2016 – June 20, 2016

Industry Related Reports

 National News

  • Acquisitions, Mergers and Reinvention (Not Closures) Will Characterize Higher Ed’s Future
    “Though it’s unlikely that the higher education market will see a rash of closures over the next decade, institutions hoping to remain independently viable must actively pursue fundamental changes to help them stay relevant….”
  • National Week of Making Reflects Trend Toward Makerspaces
    “Schools across the country now feature dedicated rooms where kids can create their own things….”
  • The Evolution of the ‘Chartered School’
    “Twenty-five years ago this month, tucked in a voluminous education funding bill headed to the Minnesota governor’s desk, was a quirky and contentious idea to allow teachers and parents to create a new kind of public school—chartered schools….”
  • The Changing Terrain of Higher Education
    “Perhaps the most profound change affecting higher education over the last decade has been the steady (and often steep) drop in financial support from states for public colleges and universities….”
  • For University Housing, There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution
    “Still, there are several key issues that every institution should consider when forming a student housing strategy. Though the circumstances surrounding these issues might be unique to each college, the trends remain the same. It’s all about creating demand, desire, and diversity….”
  • DoE Proposes Tougher Rules for Private Colleges
    “The US government is proposing tougher rules for private colleges, including making it easier for students to sue fraudulent providers…The proposals would streamline the process of relief for student borrowers who have been “wronged” by a college, making it easier to discharge their loans. Institutions would also have to put up contingency funds if they engaged in misconduct or showed signs of “financial risk”….”
  • Accreditor Puts 5 Colleges on Probation
    “The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has put four small private colleges and one community college on notice, mostly due to financial problems….”
  • Fighting Access for For-Profits
    “For-profit institutions that cater to service members see chance to connect with students in Senate-passed provision expanding access on military bases….”
  • Ever-Shrinking For-Profit
    “Education Management Corp. is shutting down most Brown Mackie College campuses because of dwindling demand for the for-profit and its programs….”
  • Wiping Out Debt
    “Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief….”

Local News

California

  • More State Funds, on One Condition
    “To receive portions of the money allocated to them in the new state budget, California’s public universities will need to admit more in-state students….”

Illinois

  • The Philosophy of What Makes a University
    “Western Illinois U says low enrollments justify eliminating four liberal arts majors, but faculty leaders say maintaining fields of study is about more than metrics….”

Indiana

  • Purdue Picks Developer for $1.2B West Campus
    “As Purdue University interviewed potential master planners for a live-work-play, community-within-a-community concept for west campus, bidders at the Indianapolis-based Browning Investments LLC set out to find similar plans for reference.They found university-driven developments of 20 acres and ones valued in the millions of dollars. But the sheer size and scope of the self-contained campus community Purdue had in mind – 450 acres and dreams of $1.2 billion in private investment – stumped them….”

New Jersey

  • 9 N.J. Charter School Applications Move Forward
    “Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has advanced nine charter school applications to a second round of consideration, allowing organizers to submit more detailed plans for their proposed schools. Another 15 applications were either rejected by the state, disqualified for filing errors or withdrawn, the state Department of Education announced Monday….”

Pennsylvania

  • School Mergers Getting New Look
    “The Legislature could take a new look at determining what cost savings could be realized by consolidating Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts….”

Rhode Island

  • R.I. House OKs New Funding Formula for Charters
    “The House passed an education plan Wednesday that creates winners and losers among charter schools, supports the governor’s much-touted empowerment schools and, for the first time, awards additional money to help students learning English….”

Tennessee

  • Satellite Campus for Tech School Could Come Soon
    “Mt. Pleasant may soon become home to a satellite campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.The region’s business and community leaders gathered Monday on the second floor of the Mt. Pleasant Grille to hold an industrial round table on the potential program….”

World News

  • UN Says UK Should Not Invest in Low-Fee Private Schools
    “The UNCRC report said: “A rapid increase in the number of such schools may contribute to sub-standard education, less investments in free and quality public schools, and deepened inequalities in the recipient countries leaving behind children who cannot afford even low-fee school….”
  • They Want to Stay In
    “Poll of faculty members and administrators in British higher education finds they want their country to remain in E.U….”
  • Protecting Values in Overseas Ventures
    “Universities that set up shop globally should work to uphold principles such as academic freedom, gender equity and freedom of speech — but they sometimes compromise, scholars argue….”
  • Student Loan Lessons From Abroad
    “Could student loan repayment models from other countries work in the United States?…”

July 5, 2016 – July 11, 2016

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • 4 States Getting Preschool Right
    “What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States….”
  • US: Quad-C Buys Rainbow Early Years Group
    “US private equity firm Quad-C Management has acquired Rainbow Early Education Holding from Spire Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. Rainbow, which is based in Michigan, provides early education services to more than 10,500 students and has 121 schools and before and after school programmes in 12 states. The firm’s markets include the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and southeastern USA….”
  • Nonprofits Are Vulnerable, Too
    “Education Department’s proposed rule for student debt forgiveness could threaten traditional colleges as well as for-profits, particularly over its broad view of what counts as misrepresentation….”
  • Apollo Education Sales Continue to Fall in H1
    “Sales at Apollo Education Group, the for-profit higher education group, fell to $1.1 billion (£850 million) in the six months to 29 February. This was down from $1.3 billion in the same period last year. The deal valued Apollo Education at $1.14 billion (£776 million) or $10 per share….”
  • 4 States Getting Preschool Right
    “What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States….”

Local News

California

  • Sierra College to Manage $17M in Maker Space Grants Statewide
    “Sierra College will manage a $17 million, three-year grant program to develop maker spaces at community colleges throughout the state.The grant will help the Rocklin college expand and duplicate the success it has had with its relationship with Hacker Lab, the Sacramento co-working maker space founded in 2012….”

Illinois

  • Struggling to Cope in Illinois
    “Statewide budget deadlock continues to force some community colleges to cut or raise tuition, despite a recent short-term deal….”
  • Loyola University Offers Third Buyouts in Three Years as it Grapples with Budget Woes
    “In yet another attempt to cut costs as it deals with a budget crisis, Loyola University is offering buyouts to certain employees — the Uptown institution’s third such offer in three years. The latest buyout offer, which the university’s board of trustees approved in May, allows eligible faculty and staff members to retire from Loyola on either Aug. 19 or Jan. 3 in exchange for a severance package….”

Iowa

  • Iowa State University’s Hotel Closes, Prepares for Auction
    “The contents of the Hotel Memorial Union, which closed earlier this month, will be sold in a public garage sale on Thursday, Des Moines television station KCCI reports. The 29-room hotel was closed to make room for more student housing. The top three floors of the Union will become student housing…”

Nevada

  • Nevada Higher Education Officials Close Health Sciences System
    “Sources familiar with the decision said the Nevada System of Higher Education closed the Health Sciences System because its role has diminished as UNLV develops its nascent medical school. Those sources also said the system ran out of private money raised for HSS expenses….”

New York

  • NYC Public School Overcrowding Increases
    “Sources familiar with the decision said the Nevada System of Higher Education closed the Health Sciences System because its role has diminished as UNLV develops its nascent medical school. Those sources also said the system ran out of private money raised for HSS expenses….”

Washington

  • Funding Edge for Workforce Programs
    “New formula in Washington State incentivizes community and technical college courses linked to industry demands, which may harm liberal arts-related fields of study….”

 

World News

  • China Everbright Invests in Hope Education Ahead of Listing
    “China Everbright (CEL) has invested an undisclosed amount in independent education group Hope Education through its RMB Mezzanine Fund. The firm said it was preparing for a listing “at an appropriate time” and that it would consider approaches from other investors….”
  • Brazil: Estacio Private College Group Approves Kroton Takeover
    “Brazilian for-profit higher education group Estacio Participacoes has accepted a final takeover bid from rival Kroton Educacional. In a revised offer, Kroton will acquire Estacio for R$5.98 billion (£1.41 billion), creating one of the largest for-profit education companies globally….”
  • New Zealand: Cognition Education Acquires Begin Bright Tutoring Chain
    “New Zealand-headquartered education group Cognition Education has acquired the Australian tutoring franchise Begin Bright for an undisclosed sum. Begin Bright runs more than 30 school-readiness and tutoring centres in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia….”

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  • After Backtracking, Dowling College Closes for Good
    “The college, which had been in partnership talks with international college affiliate Global University Systems (GUS), had announced in May its plan to close in June, but then reversed that strategy. This week, Dowling reversed course again, opting instead to shut down….”

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