Michigan State University offers their faculty a $1,500 pandemic bonus

Michigan State University offers their faculty a $1,500 pandemic bonus. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, MSU will provide all their full- and part-time professors with these bonuses along with three additional personal days in recognition of their incredibly difficult work during the pandemic. The takeaway? This is a beautiful gesture, one that MSU’s stable financial […]

Student Perception Challenges of Being Both a Faith-Based and STEM-Focused Institution

powered by Sounder Is there an inherent perception conflict between being a faith-based university and being a world class STEM institution? Dr. Mathew Isaac, Professor of Marketing at Seattle University, joins the podcast to discuss the recent research on how the religious language institutions use does in fact impact prospective students’ academic perceptions. Does Religious […]

How do test-optional admissions affect homeschoolers?

How do test-optional admissions affect homeschoolers? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the massive variability in the curriculum and academic experience of homeschoolers has historically made standardized test scores the easiest way for colleges to compare these students to their public school peers. But in a test-optional admissions world, this makes evaluating homeschool students markedly more […]

High-Impact Media Relations in Higher Education

powered by Sounder Many institutions are using impactful media relations to boost enrollment, especially from key geographies, age ranges, and target markets. But many others haven’t quite worked it out yet.  How can your university use media relations as an effective enrollment growth strategy?  Stephanie Mullins, Associate Director at BlueSky Education, joins the podcast to […]

Will the GRE kill the LSAT?

Will the GRE kill the LSAT? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the American Bar Association will now permit law schools to require the Graduate Record Examination in lieu of the Law School Admission Test for admittance decisions. This trend stems from studies out of both the University of Arizona and Harvard University showing that GRE […]

“Test-Optional” But Scores Help?

Test-optional. But scores help? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a Kaplan survey found that while 67% of MBA programs have waived their admissions exam requirement, often the GMAT, during COVID, 88% of those institutions still claim that submitting a competitive score will indeed help the student’s chances for admission. The takeaway? In some cases, are […]

How University of Maryland, Baltimore County Is Solving for the Underrepresentation Problem in STEM Fields

powered by Sounder Founded in 1966, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a mid-size public institution, located five miles outside of Baltimore. Its population of students represents Maryland’s demographics. UMBC is particularly known and lauded for its success in graduating underrepresented individuals in the STEM fields. The school has accomplished a lot of […]

New college phishing scammers target COVID communications

New college phishing scammers target COVID communications. Reported by Campus Technology, the latest college phishing scam is using a promise of COVID updates and communications to gain access to college network login credentials. And in some of these instances, the scammers have also created mock multi-factor authentication sites to also gain secondary identification information from […]

Will Google’s AI Tutor Platform help solve self-paced learning’s biggest problem?

If the human feedback loop is the missing piece for self-paced learning success, will AI eventually get online learning there? Reported by Government Technology, Google has designed an AI Tutor Platform designed specifically to uplevel the feedback in online courses, through personalized feedback, assessments, and guidance. The takeaway? Historically, self-paced online learning has been a […]

Is Brand Reputation Moving from the University to the Degree Program?

powered by Sounder Dr. Andrew Gillen, Senior Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss why the College Scorecard might start making program reputation an even stronger signal for students than the overall brand reputation of a university. What’s Most Important — University Brand or Degree Program Brand? At the […]

Google’s Certificate Programs reach millions in enrollments in less than two years

Google’s certificate programs went from ideation to millions of enrollments in less than two years. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while the speed of Google’s education growth is remarkable, what may be even more so is Google’s commitment to treating these certificate completers as equivalent to four-year degree completers. And not only that, they’ve brought […]

How to Develop “Wicked Students” to Solve the World’s Most Wicked Problems

powered by Sounder   Are we developing the ‘wicked’ students required to solve the world’s most wicked problems? Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Director of the Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington and Lee University and author of Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses For a Complex World, joins the Enrollment Growth University podcast.  […]

Did the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation create their own College Scorecard?

Did the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation create their own College Scorecard? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Equitable Value Explorer is specifically designed to discover inequities in the higher education experience. Based on the College Scorecard data, this tool aims at spotlighting institutions that are better at creating social mobility, not merely graduating successful […]

South Carolina launches tuition-free technical college funding

South Carolina has launched tuition-free technical college funding. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, designated $17 million in federal coronavirus relief money to fund 15,000 students in technical programs within high-demand fields in the state, and is encouraging the state’s legislature to keep this scholarship going through June 2024 […]

Would a lottery system for selective institutions actually hurt low-income students?

Would a lottery system for selective institutions actually hurt low-income students? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a new study by Educational Researcher used simulation data to show that in enrollment lottery systems where GPA or test score requirements still existed, the share of black, latino and low-income students would likely plummet. The takeaway? There are […]

Will inflation be what finally makes college more affordable?

Will inflation be what finally makes college more affordable? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, after inflation is taken into account, average college tuition and fees actually decreased this year. The takeaway? With enrollment decreases, institutions have been wary of raising prices, despite their own difficult financial situations. Will inflation actually help bring students back to […]

Will Congress help solve college completion?

Will Congress help solve college completion? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the College Completion Fund would help make sure federal aid isn’t exclusively focused on getting-in-the-door access, but instead provide funding for student support programs that help get enrolled students over the completion finish line.  The ASAP model this concept is built around, including high-touch […]

Career switchers finding bigger need for education upleveling than ever before

Career switchers are finding a bigger need for education upleveling than ever before. Reported by the Hechinger Report, while the Great Resignation suggests many Americans don’t find their current job path worth it, finding one that is isn’t all too easy, either. With increasing automation removing many generalist laborer jobs, higher-paying careers are becoming increasingly […]

Will K12 computer science curriculum trends affect our STEM program enrollments?

Will K12 computer science curriculum trends affect our STEM program enrollments? Reported by EdSurge, more than half of high schools now offer at least one computer science class, with many states now making computer science courses a requirement for high school graduation. But with computer science courses comes technology requirements that can affect representation. Economically […]

The promise of tuition-free community college has crashed yet again

The promise of tuition-free community college has crashed yet again. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Build Back Better Act, which originally included Biden’s education plan centerpiece in free community college, went from $290 billion in planned funding down to $40 billion. The Pell Grant increases and support for minority-serving institutions such as HBCUs stayed, […]

Washington University in St. Louis is getting creative with their endowment returns

Washington University in St. Louis is getting creative with their recent endowment returns. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, many university endowments went wild last year with the positive movements in the stock market, including Washington University in St. Louis, who earned a whopping 65% return during the 20-21 fiscal year. So what does this newfound […]

Is incentive-based recruitment for international students coming to an end?

Is incentive-based recruitment for international students coming to an end? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while there have been long-standing policies against providing U.S. student recruiters with commissions based on the number of students they are able to enroll – in attempt to prevent wrongful incentivization toward enrolling students unable to succeed at an institution […]

U Bloomington claims their test-optional admission policy “worked”

IU Bloomington claims their test-optional admission policy “worked”. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, having approved a new test-optional policy just prior to the pandemic, IU Bloomington’s modeling had forecasted 15-20% of their applicants would choose to submit applications without test scores. With the ensuing pandemic, that number ended up being 47%. Through this, IU Bloomington […]

What if enrollment algorithms only find a student’s willingness to pay, not succeed?

What if some enrollment algorithms only find a student’s willingness to pay, not succeed? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, enrollment algorithms are only as powerful as what they’re optimized for. Tuition-driven institutions have an incentive to optimize for finding students who can pay. But in that situation, they might drive enrollment, while also driving students […]

How far away are we from higher ed’s mass personalization future?

How far away are we from higher ed’s mass personalization future? Reported by Fierce Education, Arizona State University has been a leader in the AI-empowered classroom through its learning design principles, including each student having unique learning needs, that students learn best by solving problems not watching others solve problems, and that lesson mastery must […]

What will ZOOM education look like 10 years from now?

What will ZOOM education look like 10 years from now? Reported by EdSurge, Zoom’s open source development kit means that the education innovations may not come from ZOOM themselves. But rather from third-party building blocks to bring technological, interactive, and adaptive benefits into a synchronous remote classroom. The takeaway? While higher education needs to steer […]

Could online learning providers like Coursera become more prestigious than Harvard?

Could online learning providers like Coursera become more prestigious than Harvard? Reported by EdSurge, there has always been a concern about the quality difference between in-person and online learning. So much so that Harvard created HarvardX to demarcate the difference. To clarify that these aren’t the same experiences. And yet, author Arthur Levine predicts a […]

The post-pandemic enrollment bounceback didn’t happen

The post-pandemic enrollment bounceback didn’t happen. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many across higher ed were hopeful that our fall enrollment numbers would bounce back from the prior year’s 3.4% drop in a post-vaccination world. Instead, they fell another 3.2%. The takeaway? The pandemic fast-forwarded our adaptation to online education. But did it fast-forward another […]

Cornell College Launches Freeway Scholarship to Increase Neighbor State Enrollment

Cornell College is launching a Freeway Scholarship to increase their neighboring state enrollment. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with a total cost of attendance upwards of $63,000 a year, it can be hard for students of neighboring states to choose Cornell over their state’s public institution because of the tuition disparity. A new renewable scholarship […]

Can both political parties find alignment on a college completion program?

Can both political parties find alignment on a college completion program? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while Democrats have focused on Pell expansion and free college programs, many Republicans suggest expanded Pell should only go to institutions with high graduation rates from their Pell students – that there should be greater accountability behind federal funding. […]

Ensuring OER resources are culturally relevant

Could culturally relevant OER resources improve student outcomes even further? Reported by EdSurge, while much research points to the effectiveness of open educational resources (OER) being on-par with traditional resources, researchers from Framingham State University wonder if culturally relevant resources could improve learning outcomes for underserved students even further. A three-year federal grant of $441,000 […]

Making the on-campus experience so experientially better than the online one

Can institutions make their on-campus experience a lot more appealing than their online one? Reported by EdSurge, as online education continues to grow in popularity, some institutions are doubling down on their on-campus infrastructure. For instance, Arizona State University is partnering with Dreamscape Interactive to build a virtual reality lab that makes a fully immersive […]

Walden University uses AI assistant for personalized tutoring

Walden University is using an AI assistant for personalized tutoring. Reported by Campus Technology, Walden’s AI-powered tutor, Julian, can help identify learning gaps and generate new activities designed to reinforce critical concepts, customized to the individual learner. The takeaway? The combination of faculty-led instruction, and AI-empowered support is becoming more and more interesting. Beyond the […]

Software engineering majors can now earn 35% of their college credits through an IBM apprenticeship

Software engineering majors can now earn 35% of their college credits through an IBM apprenticeship. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, six colleges, including California State University, San Bernardino will now recognize participants in IBM’s software engineering apprenticeship program with 45 credit hours. The takeaway? There continue to be extraordinarily creative initiatives coming out of higher […]

The University of Arkansas acquires for-profit Grantham University for $1 to expand online reach

The University of Arkansas acquires for-profit Grantham University for $1 to expand their online reach. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, this acquisition includes the 4,000 currently enrolled Grantham students and doubles the number of available online degree offerings available to University of Arkansas students. The takeaway? As for-profit institutions anticipate increased scrutiny under the Biden […]

How is the test-optional admissions trend affecting K12 college prep?

How is the test-optional admissions trend affecting K12 college prep? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, some K12 schools looking to ensure the college readiness and acceptance rates of their students are looking toward new extracurricular initiatives. From adding college course options in high school to creating more in-person field trip experiences, to focusing on application […]

Are NDA’s coming for higher ed?

Are non-disclosure agreements coming for higher ed? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, University of Alabama system employees were recently asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, prohibiting them from speaking to non-system employees about their non-public work. This is potentially in response to a local publication that has been reporting on financial irregularities out of the […]

Ransomware attack takes down Howard University for two days

A ransomware attack took down Howard University for two full days. Reported by Slate, a ransomware attack rendered Howard University’s wi-fi network unusable, forcing the cancellation of all online and hybrid classes for two days. The takeaway? Most college networks were intentionally designed to provide open access to a wide variety of students and administrators, […]

COVID-19 breakout transitioned La Salle University to online learning

A recent COVID-19 breakout transitioned La Salle University back to online learning. Reported by University Business, despite an 85% on-campus vaccination rate, a nearly 50 student COVID case count triggered the decision to shift university-wide to virtual learning. The takeaway? This ability to instantly shift to virtual when necessary is a capability higher ed didn’t […]

Can the University System of Georgia faculty create their own mask mandates for their classrooms?

Can the University System of Georgia faculty create their own mask mandates for their classrooms? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while The University System of Georgia has opposed both mask and vaccine mandates across their 26 institutions, many USG faculty are concerned about the personal health risk this opens themselves up to in the classroom. […]

UMass creates their online college by buying Brandman University

The University of Massachusetts System has finally built their online-only college, by acquiring Brandman University. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, private nonprofit Brandman University will now become UMass Global in exchange for $130 million over the next 10 years.  The takeaway? This is an interesting potential exit strategy for institutions looking for one. Those who […]

How to Scale Supplemental Instruction

powered by Sounder Supplemental instruction (SI) improves academic performance for student participants.  The research shows this. What we don’t yet have solved for is how to scale SI so it benefits more learners and ultimately improves our institutions? Nicolò Bates, Founder and CEO at TEDU, and Jessica Brooks, Director at the International Center for Supplemental […]

Is narrative-based AI the next evolution of artificial intelligence in education?

Is narrative-based AI the next evolution of artificial intelligence in education? Reported by EdSurge, while the buzzword of “AI” gets thrown around a lot in education, this often means fairly basic adaptivity – merely rearranging learning sequence – at its most generous. But the National Science Foundation grant has just awarded Digital Promise $20 million […]

How can higher ed navigate the “shecession”?

How can higher ed navigate the “shecession”? Reported by EdSurge, this pandemic has hit our student mothers the hardest, with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research labeling this crisis a “shecession” due to limited in-person schooling options for their children. The takeaway? Some institutions have piloted some promising initiatives for their student mothers, including child-friendly […]

Intel’s AI for Workforce program is bringing curriculum to 18 community colleges

Intel’s AI for Workforce program is bringing their artificial intelligence curriculum to 18 community colleges across the country. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Intel’s program is attempting to develop their own future workforce in partnership with local community colleges. The curriculum includes more than 200 hours of technical content as well as ethical training regarding […]

Searching for New Enrollment Staffing Models

powered by Sounder Dr. Tom Green, Associate Executive Director at AACRAO, joined the podcast to discuss the evolution of the one-stop shop admissions model and Harvard University’s plans for Kennedy School to integrate its admissions and financial aid positions. Here’s a quick background on the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). At […]

Acadeum is now offering 500 high school courses for dual college enrollment

Acadeum is now offering 500 high school courses for dual college enrollment. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, this pilot only includes four transfer colleges who will also be providing the courses, including Baker College, Franklin University, Western Texas College, and Strayer University. Eligibility requirements include junior year standing and a 3.0 GPA. The takeaway? What […]

Finding Future-Friendly Digital Marketing Channels

powered by Sounder   Andrea Maconachy, EVP of Marketing at All Campus, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about finding blue ocean marketing opportunities in an increasingly difficult and attribution-fuzzy paid media landscape. Where to Steer Marketing Dollars when Digital Attribution looks Fuzzy? Attribution has never been perfect. But new platform changes and […]

ASU develops dual enrollment high school pathway with Amazon Web Services

Arizona State University has developed a new dual enrollment high school pathway with Amazon Web Services. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, 10,000 high school students from low-income districts will take asynchronous cloud computing classes this fall, earning an AWS certification along with college credit from ASU. The takeaway? More than 200 colleges and universities now […]

Sharing STEM field diversification strategies

How can we learn off other institutions’ learning curves regarding their STEM field diversification strategies? Reported by EdSurge, a 2019 study found that University of Maryland, Baltimore County was the most successful at retaining diverse STEM students. From their Meyerhoff Scholars program, to their alumni mentorship strategies, to their high school bridge programs, UMBC has […]

Staying Online

powered by Sounder What sets apart a great online learning experience from an ordinary one? Bob Ubell, Author & Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering returns to the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about lessons from his new book, Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher […]

How colleges can create better peer-to-peer support channels?

How can our institutions create better peer-to-peer support channels? Reported by EdSurge, we’re up against a sheer logistical limitation for our faculty alone to be able to fully support the academic and personal struggles of our students. That’s why many institutions are growing their peer-to-peer support networks. Not to outsource amateur-level counseling, but to create […]

Our faculty’s perception of online learning isn’t getting better

Our faculty’s perception of online learning isn’t getting any better. Reported by EdSurge, while the emergency remote learning experience of Spring 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic provided a fairly negative online experience for both students and faculty, a recent study showed that faculty opinions of online learning haven’t actually improved since. And this […]

Two Boston colleges instate weekly coronavirus testing mandates, even for vaccinated students

Two Boston colleges have instated weekly coronavirus testing mandates, even for their vaccinated students. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, both Northeastern and Boston University are requiring weekly testing for their on-campus students and employees. Above and beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, this weekly testing mandate also includes their fully vaccinated students […]

No test scores requirement led to the University of California’s largest enrollment class diversity ever

The new no-test scores requirement led to the University of California System’s largest enrollment class diversity ever. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a full 43% of University of California freshman came from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups this year, the most in system history, through a 13% total increase in student applications. The takeaway? While […]

FAFSA Completion Declines 4.8%

The FAFSA completion rate declined 4.8% year-over-year. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the high school graduating class of 2021 completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at a rate nearly 5% lower than the preceding class. For schools with majority black and latino student populations, this decline was greater than 8%. And with the […]

Reviewing potential discriminatory language in student reference questionnaires

Could the language in our student reference questionnaires be discriminatory? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, letters of recommendation for Dallas Theological Seminary’s graduate programs include questions about the student’s physical condition, intelligence, teachability, sexuality, and a qualitative analysis of their relationship. These questions have raised serious concerns about the legality of asking such questions as […]

New law makes all Illinois public colleges test-optional

A new law is making Illinois’ public colleges test-optional moving forward. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation requiring all Illinois public colleges and universities to offer test-optional admissions, enstating into law what has been a broader willing trend in higher ed over the last several years. The takeaway? Test-optional isn’t […]

Rediscovering the Social Contract of Successful Universities

powered by Sounder   Since its origins, the university has persisted, not because it has stayed the same but because it has been remarkably flexible.  Dr. Emily Levine, Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) History at Stanford University joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about her new book, Allies and Rivals: German-American […]

The Department of Education cancels $500 million in student loans from ITT Tech

The Department of Education has canceled $500 million in student loans from ITT Tech. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with many veterans having complained about how ITT Tech stole their GI Bill funds by misleading students about their job prospects and issuing credits students found incredibly difficult to transfer to other institutions upon the institution’s […]

Should higher ed focus on teaching durable skills?

Should our institutions focus on teaching durable skills vs. technical skills with fast-approaching expiration dates? Reported by eCampusNews, while more and more institutions are partnering with or integrating bootcamps or similar technical programs within their existing degree programs, it’s the collaboration, communication, and broader people skills HR managers claim our new grads are missing out […]

The False Hope Created by Test-Optional Admissions Policies

powered by Sounder   Dr. Jerry Lucido, Professor and Executive Director at the Center for Enrollment Research Policy and Practice at the University of Southern California joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about the potential false hope created by this year’s mass move to test-optional admissions policies. How Test-Optional Admissions Affected this Year’s […]

Can the University of Iowa eliminate masking speech on campus?

Can the University of Iowa eliminate masking speech on campus? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, initial Fall 2021 classroom speech guidance stated that instructors “may only make statements regarding mask usage or vaccinations in the context of course material discussions of health-related issues.” But following criticism, the institution is rethinking these speech limitations. The takeaway? […]

New Vatican rules see online learning as secret to college accessibility for the needy

A new Vatican ruling sees online learning as the secret to pontifical college accessibility for the needy. Reported by UPCEA, the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education is pushing pontifical institutions to expand their online opportunities to prisoners, migrants, homeless, and those in religious vocations with full-time work responsibilities. The takeaway? While in-person instruction and community-driven […]

Supreme Court rejects Indiana University vaccine mandate challenge

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Indiana University’s vaccine mandate. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, eight Indiana University students sued the institution, claiming that the vaccine mandate infringes their constitutional rights. Higher courts pointed to legal precedent, including a 1905 Supreme Court decision upholding the ability for public entities to enforce vaccination laws, […]

Do test-optional admission requirements hurt Asian students the most?

Do test-optional admission requirements hurt Asian students the most? A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce suggests that test-optional admissions requirements likely decrease Asian American student enrollment in elite colleges and universities by 2%. This mirrors the narrative defended by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), which has sued several […]

A “Moneyball” Approach to Hiring Undervalued Transfer Students

powered by Sounder   Dr. Benjamin Selznick, Assistant Professor at James Madison University, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to discuss why transferring may be a feature, not a bug, and why employers may be significantly undervaluing transfer students’ innovation capabilities. The Truth About Transfer Students Is college creating innovators?  In 2009, that question spurred […]

Did our faculty lose some academic governing power during this pandemic year?

Did our faculty lose some academic governing power during this pandemic year? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a new survey from the American Association of University Professors suggests that many faculty believe their institutions have utilized the “emergency” nature of the pandemic to flout shared governance and make rapid changes, including laying off faculty and […]

Building Global Cohorts

powered by Sounder   A diversity of experiences is proven to improve group problem solving. That’s why bringing folks from all over the world into the same classroom, whether that’s digitally or in person, adds an incredible amount of value. So how can we better build global learning cohorts in our colleges and universities? Karan […]

Illinois sees a 29% percent drop in black student enrollment

Illinois colleges saw a 29% percent drop in black student enrollment between 2013 and 2018. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, these crisis-level statistics have forced a formal exploration for solutions from a 45-person working group, which has come back with outlined strategies for improving student pipelines and college preparation, focusing on creating more inclusive and […]

Do we understand the price elasticity of online learning?

Do we understand the price elasticity of online learning? Reported by EdSurge, while one promise of online education has always been that of scale, many institutions find online learning infrastructure more expensive to build and maintain than their in-person learning environments, all while keeping capped class sizes to ensure more personalized student attention. As such, […]

Are hybrid colleges the affordable solution for students who online-only doesn’t work for?

Are hybrid colleges the affordable solution for students who online-only doesn’t work for? Reported by EdSurge, one big downside of online-only education is the isolation involved. Despite the resources and effort colleges offer their online students, these resources often go underutilized, and the student feels truly on their own. For the highly self-motivated student, there […]

Would a moneyball approach to hiring increase the demand for undervalued transfer students?

Would a moneyball approach to hiring increase the demand for undervalued transfer students? Reported by EdSurge, it’s the employees most used to working within change that most employers find the most valuable. Therefore, is a transfer student transcript a wonderful signal of flexibility, thoughtfulness, and adaptability? New research from The Ohio State University suggests that […]

Is “first course free” an effective motivator for our traditional students?

Is “first course free” an effective motivator for our traditional students? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, two foundations are providing first course free for New Hampshire high school graduates at any of the state’s seven community colleges this fall. A wonderful gesture for students and to help our struggling community colleges, is this the right […]

The Agile College

powered by Sounder It’s time for a sobering reality check. The consistent year-over-year enrollment gains many institutions experienced earlier this century may have been more about favorable demographics than they were brilliant growth strategies. But demographics aren’t our friends anymore.  What are the biggest demographic challenges that higher ed is going to be up against […]

Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of higher education continues

Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of higher education continues. Reported by UNCF, the best-selling author’s podcast, Revisionist History, is specifically digging into the U.S. News & World Report rankings this season. Questioning whether or not the publication’s popular ranking system is helpful for anything beyond determining and sort-ranking which institutions selectively admit more students of higher academic […]

Is automated proctoring smart cost-saving or a false-positive travesty?

 Is automated proctoring smart cost-saving or a false-positive travesty? Reported by EdSurge, with academic integrity and the legitimacy of our credentials on the line, many institutions have turned to automated proctoring to ensure the honesty and truthfulness of their students’ grades. But with so many false-positive cases reported, technology issues recognizing darker skinned students, and […]

Why not open up Pell Grants for very short-term credential programs?

What does inclusive online teaching look like? Reported by EdSurge, the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning has circled back with three primary learnings after a pandemic learning year. One: ensuring students have the technological capabilities to be successful online students is critical. Do all of your students have a personal device able to […]

How will the NCAA’s new rules for athletes’ personal monetization affect college enrollment?

How will the NCAA’s new rules for athletes’ personal monetization affect college enrollment? Reported by CNBC, NCAA athletes will now be able to make money off personal endorsements while a college athlete. This is a complete 180-degree turn from the previous policy that prevented athletes from making a dime for their efforts beyond college scholarships, […]

Are SPACs coming for EdTech?

Are SPACs coming for EdTech? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, these “special purchase acquisition companies” have become popular investment vehicles for private companies, allowing for faster fundraising than the route of an initial public offering. The takeaway? With $2.2 billion dollars in private investment dollars entering into the education market in 2020, will SPACs chase […]

Will technical colleges evolve into 2-year colleges faster than the other way around?

Will technical colleges evolve into 2-year colleges faster than the other way around? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a bill is up for consideration in Wisconsin allowing the state’s technical schools to offer additional 2-year degrees. But with enrollment halving over the past decade across the University of Wisconsin System’s 2-year schools, these institutions are […]

3,000 personalized acceptance videos from the president of West Texas A&M

How can colleges stand out in an increasingly commoditized higher ed? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, West Texas A&M president Walter Wendell recorded 3,000 personalized congratulations videos to admitted students designed to improve their yield. The takeaway? In an incredibly competitive higher ed market, bold moves like this are required to stand out. I can’t […]

Will the $10k degree change higher ed?

Will the $10k degree change higher ed? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Southern Utah University’s $9k bachelor’s in general studies designed for degree completion students attracted 111 students for the pilot this past fall, with hopes of eventually enrolling several thousand students. But any more than that and Southern Utah administrators believe it couldn’t scale […]

Valdosta State is creating an online college designed to compete with the national players

Valdosta State University is creating an online college designed to compete with the national players. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, offering eight bachelor’s degrees costing $299 per credit hour puts it 10% more affordable than Southern New Hampshire University and 33% more affordable than University of Phoenix. The takeaway? So Valdosta State is obviously going […]

Has the test-optional trend help student underrepresentation?

Has the test-optional trend helped student underrepresentation? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, proponents of test-optional admissions for equity reasons are celebrating a new study published in the American Educational Research Journal, suggesting a 10-12% increase in first-time enrollment from underrepresented minority students in the first few years after a college moves to test-optional admissions. The […]

While the nation’s alcohol consumption rose during the pandemic, our students’ actually decreased

While the nation’s alcohol consumption rose during the pandemic, our students’ actually decreased. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, students aged 19 and older who changed residences during the pandemic reported a 49% reduction in their drinking last year, compared to a 21% reduction among students who maintained their residence. The takeaway? Less parties? Less drinking? […]

New Jersey’s ambitious plan to get 65% of their working-age adults a credential by 2025

New Jersey has an ambitious plan to get 65% of their working-age adults a credential by 2025. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, more than just fingers-crossed wishful thinking, New Jersey has  developed a partnership with non-profit course provider, Modern States, to provide “freshman year for free”, allowing students to complete the self-paced courses and then […]

Will Florida start surveying students on their perceived freedom of speech?

Will Florida start surveying students on their perceived freedom of speech? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Florida’s legislature has approved a bill requiring their state’s public colleges to administer an annual survey designed to gauge student and staff perceptions regarding their own freedom of expression. The takeaway? While many argue the bill is redundant to […]

Does the flipped classroom model over-estimate students’ self-motivation?

Does the flipped classroom model over-estimate students’ self-motivation? Reported by EdSurge, the flipped classroom assumes we live in a world where information is abundant and largely free. And in that world, our professors need not be the gatekeepers of the knowledge itself, but of the application and learning processes. And therefore, couldn’t we save a […]

American colleges don’t negotiate with terrorists. We simply pay them off.

Americans don’t negotiate with terrorists. Unless we’re American colleges, and just think paying them off is easier. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, cybersecurity targets on colleges have become increasingly aggressive, with attacks having doubled between 2019 and 2020, costing colleges nearly a half million dollars on ransom pay out on average. While some institutions like […]

Will higher ed restructure around a learners-first framework?

Will higher ed restructure around a learners-first framework? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, The Presidents Forum composed of college and university presidents and chancellors has developed 10 guiding principles for reinventing higher education, including a focus on learner objectives, an embrace of lifelong learning, and signaling through skills. The takeaway? It feels like higher ed […]

Will state relief money prioritize college-employer partnerships?

Will state relief money prioritize college-employer partnerships? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, California’s new budget includes nearly $49 billion in higher education investment, including $1 billion to establish a career development program to link campuses with employers. The takeaway? This is our chance, higher ed friends. We’ve seen some healthy strides in the last handful […]

Work as a pathway to college?

Historically, students have chosen college as a pathway to work. But is that script starting to flip? Reported by EdSurge, more and more people are able to say, “I studied IT at Google.” “I studied computer science at IBM.” “I studied marketing at Hubspot.” There is a parallel credential track and pathway on the employer […]

California’s plan to increase in-state graduation rates

California’s plan to increase in-state graduation rates? Let their community colleges offer more bachelor’s degrees. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, new California bills look to expand the number and options of bachelor’s degrees offered by community colleges (contingent on them not overlapping with public university offerings). The goals here are to provide more affordable bachelor’s […]

The spring semester has continued higher ed’s enrollment slide

The spring semester has continued higher ed’s enrollment slide. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, undergraduate enrollment fell 3.3% compared to last spring, which fell 1.1% from the pre-pandemic year prior. Those hit hardest? Community college enrollment with a 10% decline year-over-year – institutions who specifically serve the students from families likely hardest hit economically from […]

College’s due diligence responsibilities regarding student admissions fraud?

What are a college’s due diligence responsibilities in sniffing out admissions fraud from incoming students? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, individuals were recently indicted for helping international students gain “guaranteed” admission to selective colleges in exchange for thousands of dollars in fees. These fees paid for essays, doctored transcripts, fill-in takers for TOEFL and SAT […]

SNHU just bought a bootcamp

Southern New Hampshire University just bought a coding bootcamp. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, SNHU has acquired boot camp provider, Kenzie Academy. Back in 2015, SNHU announced a partnership with Flatiron School to combine their degree program with a bootcamp curriculum and apprenticeship. But now, they’re apparently planning to integrate the bootcamp model more directly […]

Do the humanities need saving or storytelling?

Do the humanities need saving or storytelling? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, humanities departments across higher ed have been suffering from declining enrollments. And yet some departments are growing through creative strategies such as student ambassadors for the department, cross-university partnerships, events and takeovers of shared campus spaces, and advertising the outcomes of their alumni […]

Does education faddism prevent us from focusing on good teaching?

Does education faddism prevent us from focusing on good teaching? Reported by EdSurge, we’re always on the lookout for the silver bullet to make education better, cheaper and more scalable? Can self-paced solve everything? Can adaptive learning solve everything? And while these pursuits toward the 10x’ing of higher education are likely extraordinarily important, do they […]

K12 Catholic student enrollment decline affecting the Catholic college pipeline

The decline in K12 catholic student enrollment is negatively affecting the Catholic college pipeline as well. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Roman Catholic K12 enrollment declined by 6.4% this fall, the largest annual drop in the past 50 years. The strongest feeders for our catholic colleges and universities? These very K12 catholic schools. The takeaway? […]

Do income share agreement models de-risk students or institutions?

Do income share agreement models de-risk students or institutions? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, many institutions are experimenting with income share agreements, and many of the same are reporting positive early feedback. But for many of these pilots, their ISAs are granted exclusively to high-achieving students, and these aren’t necessarily the students we’re trying to […]

Colleges move their swag toward eco-conscious social-good swag

Some colleges are moving away from traditional swag toward eco-conscious social-good swag for a socially conscious generation of students. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, The University of Puget Sound has shifted their $25k budget for admitted student swag toward letting their admitted students determine what local charities should receive the funds instead, setting an expectation […]

Virginia launches tuition-free community college for in-demand fields

Virginia launches tuition-free community college for in-demand fields. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Virginia governor Ralph Northam signed legislation designating that for low and middle-income students, degree programs targeting in-demand fields such as healthcare, computer science, and early childhood education will be tuition-free. The takeaway? While the Biden presidency has pledged for even more ambitious […]

Self-Service Enrollment Platforms for Post-Traditional Students

powered by Sounder When COVID hit, almost all our students became post-traditional learners almost overnight. This transformation revealed a lot about the student experience. At many schools, degree-seekers — especially non-traditional students — find themselves coping with multiple systems and departments that may not speak to each other.  What would it take to create a […]

Will Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan solve rural student college access?

Will Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan solve rural student college access? Reported by Vox, included in President Biden’s 2 trillion dollar American Jobs infrastructure proposal includes $100 billion designed to provide all Americans with affordable high-speed internet access. The takeaway? With 30 million Americans currently without access to any broadband, let alone affordable broadband, the […]

Making sure Course Hero doesn’t become college’s villain?

How can we make sure Course Hero doesn’t become college’s villain? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Embry-Riddle University created a search engine to help their professors identify proprietary course materials uploaded to Course Hero, including homework assignments, quizzes, and tests, by students to help other students study. So far, this search engine has found 237,293 […]

College endowment returns underperformed last year, too

College endowment returns underperformed last year, too, returning only 1.8% year-over-year. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while enrollment revenue suffered significantly across higher ed this past academic year, most college endowments also didn’t benefit from the tech stock market rally from last year, since higher ed endowments are more broadly invested in bonds and other […]

Has online proctoring kept up with this past year’s leap in online education?

Has online proctoring kept up with this past year’s leap in online education? Reported by EdSurge, students used to having built-in proctors with their in-person classes are now experiencing new opportunities and temptations to cheat they may never have had before. And professors are seeing cheating skyrocketing as a result, with a majority of students […]

Are we graduating the most expensive and least skilled prospects for the modern workforce?

New college graduates may have been impacted more than anyone during the pandemic from a job market perspective. Reported by EdSurge, new Burning Glass data has found a decreasing number of entry-level jobs that required a degree. Therefore, these new college graduates are sidelined along with workers who have much more experience than they do. […]

Are Google’s Career Certificates a Threat to Higher Ed?

Are Google’s career certificates a threat to higher education? Reported by Inc., Google has released several new certificate programs on the Coursera platform, including data analytics, UX design, and project management. Each promising the skillset required for entry-level opportunities in high-demand fields, in only 6 months of part-time study, and for a total of $240 […]

Students now have 1,000,000 different credentials to earn

Our students now have 1,000,000 different credentials they can earn. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the latest count from non-profit Credential Engine puts the number of unique credentials, including degrees, certificates and badges students can earn in the U.S. over a million. Of these, more than 550,000 are from non-academic non-degree granting organizations, providing badges, […]

Embodied Instruction Research at University of California, Santa Barbara

powered by Sounder What’s the best way to support student learning and instructional development to produce meaningful learning? It’s a question a lot of us are taking more seriously than ever after the events of 2020. Dr. Andrew Stull, Associate Project Scientist at University of California, Santa Barbara, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to […]

Will our newfound agility remain after the pandemic?

Will our newfound agility remain after the pandemic? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg’s pandemic playbook became one of flexibility and creativity. And while in this world of partial chaos, he admits that managing the expectations of so many different stakeholders can be extraordinarily difficult, the benefits of improvisational thinking […]

Pandemic marketing helps the institutions doing the most creative digital work

Has pandemic marketing hurt and helped certain institutions more than others? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the institutions with the strongest brand marketing presence pre-pandemic may not have translated to a digital-exclusive pandemic environment. But for those who already had a strong digital presence? Those who were already used to online admissions events? Those who […]

Is our test-optional emergency plan becoming test-optional permanent?

Is our test-optional emergency plan becoming test-optional permanent? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Colorado lawmakers have introduced a bill which would remove the requirement for public colleges to use a national assessment score, such as the ACT or SAT, from their admissions criteria altogether. Popularized over the past five years by institutions who looked into […]

How Guided Pathways Can Reduce a Student’s Time and Cost to Completion

powered by Sounder Students enter community colleges at every level of preparedness.  Consequently, some degree-seekers have a long way to go before they reach their goal. Those juggling jobs and families along with school often drop out along the way. What’s the solution to the completion problem at community colleges? Dr. Ann Buchele, Vice President […]

The “Common App effect” on enrollment

What is the “Common App Effect” on enrollment? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with more than 900 institutions now participating in the Common Application, which allows students to complete one application and submit to any participating members, subject to certain additional application fees and supplemental application information. And yet, applications to the largest institutions grew […]

New York may provide priority admission to nursing students

New York may provide priority admission to nursing students. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the pandemic has exacerbated what was already a critical nationwide nursing shortage. Proposed legislation would prioritize licensed RNs for admission into New York’s public colleges. The takeaway? With the pandemic causing nursing instructors to quit their jobs, and with fewer hospitals […]

We are hard-wired toward faces. So what does that mean for online instruction?

We are hard-wired toward faces. How should that inform our pedagogy when designing online courses? Reported by EdSurge, researchers at UC Santa Barbara are testing the theory of embodied instruction, which suggests that students rely on the instructor’s body for cues on where and what to focus their attention. But can the professor also distract […]

Will the pandemic finally propel short-term certifications to increased legitimacy?

Will the pandemic finally propel short-term certifications to increased legitimacy? Reported by EdSurge, while to move to skills-based hiring has been a slow one, the speed at which the economy is shifting will force quicker educational solves in order to keep up with the external transformation. And in that world, shorter-term skills training programs and […]

Will for-profit institutions be specifically targeted under a Biden administration?

Will for-profit institutions be specifically targeted under a Biden administration? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Jason Altmire, President and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities has penned an open letter to the Biden Administration, out of concern that past Obama administration rules eliminated by the previous education secretary Betsy DeVos would be reestablished. Included […]

Pitzer college now offers bachelor’s degree pathways for incarcerated citizens

Pitzer College now offers bachelor’s degree pathways for incarcerated citizens. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Pitzer College’s Inside-Out program is designed to teach incarcerated students in tandem with traditional students who travel to the prison facility to be taught. Available only to those incarcerated students who had already earned an associate’s degree and were scheduled […]

Solving the Rural Student Underrepresentation Problem in Higher Ed

powered by Sounder Dr. Leslie Daugherty, Education Designer at Education Design Lab, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to discuss their BRIDGES inaugural cohort and how creating workforce partnership pathways can help solve the rural student underrepresentation problem in higher ed. The Problem of Rural Student Underrepresentation in Higher Ed “As a first- year admission […]

If the CDC recommends universal testing, can all colleges afford it?

If the CDC recommends universal testing, can all colleges afford it? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, while The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not yet recommended universal testing, the American College Health Association now recommends colleges and universities should test both students and employees twice a week to manage control over the virus […]

Are last 2-year universities an inevitable evolution of online education growth?

Are last 2-year universities an inevitable evolution of continued online education growth? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, companies like StraighterLine, Outlier, and Coursera have also made venture capital fundraising waves recently to provide students with gen ed classes pre-approved as transfer courses to prominent institutions. The takeaway? For those students who choose online education as […]

How Skillifying Can Make our Institutions More Employer-Friendly

powered by Sounder Kelly Ryan Bailey, Global Skills Evangelist at Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about forging new partnerships with local employers by creating a shared skills language between us. “Skillifying” Education Employers typically need to move a lot faster than traditional higher education can go. […]

What if employers start recognizing skills, but not degrees?

What if employers start recognizing skills, but not degrees? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, more than 80 member companies including Walmart and General Motors have signed onto Business Roundtable’s new career pathways initiative, specifically designed to improve equity and diversity in the workplace. The takeaway? Our degree programs are only as strong as the employer […]

Will next fall be in-person?

Will next fall be in-person? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, The California State University system has formally announced their plans to be largely in-person next fall, despite being primarily online this spring, hoping to provide students with enough heads-up to be confident in their enrollment decisions as they begin to make them. While the logistical […]

First-year college student rate drops a whopping 22% year-over-year

The rate of high school graduates entering college this fall dropped a whopping 22% year-over-year. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, while all high school groups declined this year, urban, low-income and minority student schools sent even fewer graduates to college, widening already existent enrollment gaps. The takeaway? Not only has the pandemic created an existential […]

Are hate crime reports increasing black student enrollment to HBCUs?

Are hate crime reports increasing black student enrollment to HBCUs? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a recent paper published by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis shows a 20% enrollment increase by first-time black college students at HBCUs in states where hate crime reports have increased since 2016. The takeaway? The political climate of […]

UC San Diego Delivers 65,000 COVID Tests a Month Via Vending Machine

powered by Sounder The pandemic is changing everything in higher education. How can institutions use their resources to help keep their communities safe? Brett Pollak, Director of Workplace Technology Services at UC San Diego, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about using vending machines to create a self-administration protocol for 65,000 COVID tests […]

A new framework for incorporating industry certifications into degree programs?

Do we need a new framework for incorporating industry certifications into degree programs? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, Workcred has partnered with several higher education associations to develop one. This 6-step framework includes creating a common language around credentialing, aligning curriculum with certification content, and identifying how students can share their credentials with employers. The […]

COVID compliance enforced by a jury of your student peers?

COVID compliance enforced by a jury of your student peers? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Rice University’s COVID Community Court is a student-led judiciary responsible for sentencing on COVID non-compliance cases, including fines, community service, and education courses. The takeaway? Is peer-to-peer punishment easier to accept than a top-down system of university rules enforcement? And […]

Why hasn’t Auburn University increased their black student representation?

Why hasn’t Auburn University increased their black student representation? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while the state of Alabama’s black population represents 26% of all citizens, Auburn University’s black population is only 5%. But despite a task force being assembled in 2015 to address these concerns, which did indeed provide recommendations including intentional recruitment strategies […]

Social Listening for Program Research

powered by Sounder What if you could measure your brand and reputation to better engage with key audiences through data derived from online public conversations? Dr. Liz Gross, CEO at Campus Sonar, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about how social listening can be utilized beyond mere brand monitoring exercises, including sophisticated programmatic […]

Do remedial courses help students if they don’t count toward their degree?

Do remedial classes help students if they don’t count toward their degree? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with research showing that students are more likely to complete transfer-level math and English courses if they can earn credit for them, California created a bill in 2018 which restricts community colleges from requiring remedial courses, which has […]

Morehouse benefactor is now backing income-based financing for HBCU’s

A Morehouse benefactor is now backing income-based financing for HBCU’s. Reported by EdSurge, Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert E. Smith, who paid $34 million to settle the loan debt for Morehouse College’s graduates back in 2019, has now set up the Student Freedom Initiative, designed to provide financial support for HBCU students through income-based financing. […]

Esports Growth During the Pandemic

powered by Sounder College esports was surging in popularity even before the pandemic, but the intricacies of esports are still new to many leaders in higher education. How can institutions accelerate the adoption of esports? Joey Gawrysiak, Director of Esports at Shenandoah University, joined the Enrollment Growth University to talk about the “more than games” […]

The pandemic’s pressure on the existing college preparedness problem

Will the pandemic put even more pressure on the existing college preparedness problem? Reported by EdSurge, prior to the pandemic, according to the Community College Research Center, nearly 2/3 of entering community college students lacked the math and language skills necessary for college-level placement. And prior developmental education interventions have proven less than effective, with […]

What if faculty say no to our back-to-campus plans?

What if faculty say no to our back-to-campus plans? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Wentworth Institute of Technology faculty’s response to plans for increased in-person instruction this spring was a vote of no confidence in the institution’s president and administration. These faculty are worried about the increased COVID-19 exposure required with the institution’s insistence that […]

Common App Drops Discharge Question for Military Veterans

The Common App has dropped its discharge question for military veterans. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, 80% of those veterans who skipped that question about “reason for discharge” failed to complete the application altogether. And after surveying their members, 59% of institutions claimed this answer was never necessary to make an admissions decision. The takeaway? […]

Dickinson College Makes International Students Feel Welcome From a Distance

Amid a global pandemic and restrictive federal policies around both international travel and student visas, international students are facing a lot of anxiety. Samantha Brandauer, Associate Provost and Executive Director at The Center for Global Study and Engagement at Dickinson College, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to discuss Dickinson’s “Study Abroad at Home” initiative […]

Are class “afterparties” the solution to remote student engagement?

Are class “afterparties” the solution to remote student engagement? Reported by EdSurge, Bonni Stachowiak from Vanguard University has started bookending her classes with an “after party”. Following an active learning classroom where students engage in activities, often muted and with their cameras off, she then helps students with the reading and condenses some of it […]

Colleges are tightening up their coronavirus crackdown policies on students

Colleges are tightening up their coronavirus crackdown policies on students. Reported by Higher Ed Dive, as the fall term progresses and national COVID numbers get worse and worse, more colleges are ramping up their student safety policies to avoid facing a broader shutdown. Boston University has dropped their student gathering maximum from 25 to 10. […]

Does America need a bridge institution between high school and college?

Does America need a bridge institution between high school and college? Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the college readiness arm of Western Governors University, WGU Academy, has spun off into a separate nonprofit. Designed for students not quite ready for standard admission, WGU Academy offers competency-based courses at a flat $150/month fee, including non-credit readiness […]

Integrating Academia & Industry with University of West Florida’s Sea3D Lab

Higher education keeps searching for ways to bridge the gap between academia and industry. One institution may have found the key.  Dr. Martha Saunders, President at University of West Florida, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk university-industry partnerships and their Sea3D lab’s missional pivot during COVID. A high-level overview of UWF’s Sea3D lab […]

Princeton will bring undergrads back this spring

Princeton University will bring their undergrads back this spring. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, with their campus currently open only for graduate students, President Christopher Eisgruber announced a “highly constrained on-campus experience” for their undergraduate students this spring. The takeaway? With prohibited social gatherings and single-occupancy housing, the question will be if students […]

What are new EdTech dollars focused on?

What are new EdTech dollars focused on? Reported by Education Dive, one of the most interesting challenges on the table is solving videoconferencing specifically for the classroom. Because while platforms like ZOOM are great about getting everyone’s face on a screen, ZOOM wasn’t designed for universities. Some providers like Engageli are working to build their […]

How to Engage Distracted Students at Assumption University

  Is student distraction a uniquely 21st-century problem? Is education powerless to compete against students’ other technological options? Dr. James Lang, Professor of English and Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University, returned to the Enrollment Growth University podcast to discuss his new book, Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You […]

How have traditionally hands-on programs transitioned online?

How well have traditionally hands-on programs transitioned online during COVID? Reported by Education Dive, while nursing and veterinary programs found their clinical scenarios the most difficult to reproduce online, many have found novel solutions since, including shipping animal models directly to students to practice surgical techniques over webcams. Other clinical scenarios have proven even easier […]

Netflix partnering with HBCU for tuition-free coding boot camps

Netflix is partnering with an HBCU to provide tuition-free technology boot camps. Reported by Education Dive, Netflix is launching and fully funding three technology boot camps with Norfolk State University, including Java Engineering, UX/UI Design, and Data Science program tracks. Netflix’s stated goal is to solve the underrepresentation problem in the tech industry. And in […]

How to engage distracted students

How can we engage distracted students? Reported by EdSurge, a new book by Dr. James Lang, “Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It” offers some research-backed suggestions. One critical one?  That doing “anything” for a long time increases attention-fatigue. Whether it’s a 75-minute lecture or a 75-minute discussion, the problem […]

First-year college students down 16% this year. Who’s missing?

First-year college student enrollment is down 16% this year. Who’s missing? Reported by EdSurge, this national enrollment drop is largest at community colleges with first-year community college student enrollment down a whopping 23% year over year, suggesting that the same students most economically disadvantaged by the pandemic and its impacting recession are of course the […]

Is COVID widening the K12 enrichment gap?

Is COVID widening the K12 enrichment gap? Reported by EdSurge, approximately 70% of afterschool providers closed during the pandemic. Low-income families who depend on these services to keep up and get ahead academically have been set back during COVID. All while high-income families are increasing their extracurricular supplements through online courses, classes and programs. The […]

What if high school earned you an associate’s degree?

What if students graduated high school with their associate’s degree? Reported by Education Dive, through Lorain County Community College’s MyUniversity program, students can graduate their area high school with 71 free college credits through a dual enrollment program, pre-accepted by colleges throughout the country, leaving only a few semesters left to graduate with a full […]

3/4 of Colleges offering in-person classes don’t have clear COVID testing plans

The vast majority of colleges offering in-person classes don’t have clear COVID testing plans. Reported by Education Dive, a new report by NPR and Davidson College’s College Crisis Initiative found that only a quarter of mid-sized colleges or larger with enrollments higher than 5,000 students offering in-person classes are also testing students en masse or […]

Are institutions legally responsible for student and faculty COVID deaths?

Can we mourn our student and faculty coronavirus victims without being culpable? Reported by Education Dive, a recent announcement about a student death at Appalachian State University brought up this ethical question when the university’s death announcement included facts about the student’s off-campus residence and their only-online course enrollments. This left those in the campus […]

Onboarding Hybrid Learning Technology at University of Kentucky

How do you scale educational technology at a university of 31,000 students to enable learning in virtually any setting? Dr. Kathi Kern, Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation, and Kathy Hamperian, Executive Director of Customer Support and Student IT Enablement at University of Kentucky, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about […]

Dickinson College fights to make their international students feel welcome from a distance

Dickinson College is fighting to make their international students feel welcome from a distance. Reported by Education Dive, with the coronavirus pandemic and federal law restricting travel, college leaders are creating virtual and in-person alternatives for their international students unable to return to campus. By partnering with their global partner universities, Dickinson is working to […]

Can states no longer afford their free college plans?

Can states no longer afford their free college plans? Reported by Education Dive, Oregon lawmakers have cut their state’s free college program funding by $3.6 million, revoking some already offered student grants. Similarly, New York is publicly considering a reduction of their free tuition scholarships to prioritize current recipients. The takeaway? Some dramatic budget priorities […]

Google invests in HBCUs

Reported by Education Dive, Google has launched a million dollar digital skills training initiative with 20 historically black colleges and universities. The semester-long digital training program is designed to help students, especially first-generation students, navigate the nuances of corporate America. The takeaway? This Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program is part of Google’s recent […]

The community college enrollment boom prediction didn’t happen this fall

Remember that big community college enrollment boom many predicted for this fall? Reported by Education Dive, it didn’t happen. In fact, community college enrollment fell 7.5% year-over-year, the biggest decrease out of any institution type. The early prediction was based on the fact that, if students weren’t going to be able to have a “traditional” […]

Is COVID increasing the popularity of college consortiums?

Is COVID increasing the popularity of college consortiums? Reported by Education Dive, with colleges having been forced to migrate so quickly to online instruction, many colleges found consortium partnerships to be their best route. More than 70 institutions have joined the Council of Independent Colleges’ Online Course Sharing Consortium since the pandemic began. For many […]

Supplemental Enrollment Partnerships in Higher Education

Are two-year colleges a revenue threat? Or can we see them as retention partners for our four-year institutions?  Dr. Vivian Liu, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about supplemental enrollment partnerships in higher education. Are Two-Year Schools a Revenue Threat? Each kind of […]

What spring break?

What spring break? Reported by Education Dive, in order to limit the amount of student travel to and from campus, especially across state lines, many institutions are scrapping spring break, and instead plan on bringing students back to campus a week later for the spring term than usual. The takeaway? The correlation of college towns […]

Are fall finances affecting spring campus opening decisions?

Is the financial reality of fall affecting our spring campus decisions? Reported by Education Dive, some colleges have already begun to announce their spring plans, including the University of Connecticut and Pennsylvania State University, which are leaning heavily toward online and hybrid instruction. But with many institutions having much rougher fall enrollments and revenue, how […]

Assessing COVID’s impact on faculty-admin tensions

How has COVID affected faculty tensions with university administration across higher ed? Reported by Education Dive, strikes and “sickouts” at University of Michigan and University of Iowa highlight the exacerbation of existing faculty-admin tensions on our campuses, with many administrations pushing for on-campus in-person instruction, and many faculty fighting for more flexibility due to the […]

Rapid COVID testing alone isn’t good enough for our college campuses

Rapid COVID testing alone isn’t good enough for our college campuses. Reported by Education Dive, while The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had been hailed for its aggressive testing strategy to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in its first week back, the campus saw 700 new cases. The takeaway? Even twice-a-week mandated testing alone, which […]

Canceling Classes on Election Day?

Should colleges cancel classes on election day? Unlike many countries, the United States does not offer Election Day as a national holiday. And therefore, it can be difficult for many working adults to get to the voting booth while balancing work, family, and education. Reported by The Washington Post, students at many institutions, including American […]

6 Liberal Arts Colleges Team up for 1-Stop Admission Events

What if every single college didn’t try to do every single thing on their own? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams Colleges are teaming up for 1-stop admission events, offering joint virtual events, speaking about the benefits of liberal arts colleges to students, parents, and counselors. The takeaway? While […]

How Will the Black Lives Matter Movement Affect Curriculum This Fall?

Will the Black Lives Matter movement affect curriculum on campus this fall? Reported by Education Dive, the University of Pittsburgh is requiring first-year students to complete a course on anti-black racism. This one-credit course is designed to educate students about the Black experience in America. The takeaway? This course mandate is partially a response to […]

Should FAFSA completion be mandatory?

Should FAFSA completion be mandatory? Reported by Education Dive, Louisiana and Texas have moved toward policies requiring high school seniors to either complete or formally decline the FAFSA as part of the college admissions process, in hopes of ensuring more low-income students will qualify for Pell Grants and unlock their college affordability pathway. The takeaway? […]

Northeastern enforces social distancing by removing 11 students from campus, not returning tuition

How can institutions enforce social distancing? Reported by BuzzFeed News, Northeastern University is doing so through incredibly tough penalties for non-compliance, and has suspended 11 first-year students for the remainder of the semester after they were found together, a breach of the institution’s coronavirus policies. These students will not be eligible for a refund on […]

Preventing a Student Retention Crisis This Fall

Administrators and professors have worked hard to help students continue their education this fall, but can we keep students engaged when they’re learning in online classrooms? Dr. Rebecca Glazier, Associate Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, joined the  Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about being prepared for a potential student retention crisis […]

Can we learn off other institution’s hybrid-learning curves?

Can we learn off other institutions’ hybrid-learning curves? Reported by Education Dive, as we seek to figure out technology solves for this next chapter and challenge of online learning across higher education, let’s make sure we understand what others have built and tested already. For example, Harvard University’s heavy-investment hybrid learning experiment includes many cameras […]

Increasing Student Engagement with Negotiated Curriculum at Florida Gulf Coast University

Is “negotiated curriculum” a great way to increase your student engagement this fall? Brenda Thomas, Director of the University Colloquium Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about negotiating course curriculum with our students and the incredible engagement power of getting student buy-in up-front. The Negotiated Curriculum Experiment […]

Google Career Certificates: a next-attempt at certificate-first education

Google is making their next attempt at certificate-first education. Reported by Inc, Google Career Certificates are 6-month skill programs Google themselves claim will count equivalent to a 4-year degree requirement for new employees they’re hiring, including project manager, data analyst, and UX designer. The takeaway? Google’s efforts echo a broader trend of helping students increase […]

Empowering Student-to-Student Support with Q&A Communities

Amid the scramble to move in-class instruction online, we may be overlooking a critical issue — how to replicate student-to-student support online.  Katy Kappler, Co-Founder and CEO of InScribe, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about the power of student-to-student engagement and how institutions can think about facilitating it this fall. Why Online […]

Just kidding, we’re coming back online

Just kidding, we’re coming back online. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, hundreds of colleges with optimistic intentions of coming back with in-person instruction options to start the fall semester have recently reversed course and announced that fall will begin with online-only instruction. The takeaway? Often citing “new scientific evidence”, many of these institutions were likely […]

Another setback study for behavioral economics interventions improving online completion rates

We have another setback study for those waiting for behavioral economics interventions to improve higher ed’s online completion rates. Reported by EdSurge, researchers from MIT just completed what may be the largest research study regarding behavioral nudges and their impact on online student success, which included nearly 250,000 students. But while faculty interventions led to […]

Siena College did a test run of socially distanced fall learning options for us

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Siena College did a test run of 3 socially distanced fall learning options for us, including a face-to-face collaborative classroom, a lecture course, and an outdoor seated collaborative class – all of which seated students 6 feet apart with some students attending via ZOOM as well. The primary learnings? Physically […]

Is active learning inherently at odds with social distancing?

Is active learning inherently at odds with social distancing? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a reversion to physically distanced classrooms may cause some faculty to revert back to the traditional lecture who may have been experimenting with active learning experiences. The takeaway? Will a physically distanced in-person classroom divided by plexiglass actually be harder to […]

The National Institute of Online Learning (NIOL’s) Online Learning Certificate

How many of our institutions need to get certified in online learning right now? Chris Edwards, Senior Vice President of University Partnerships at MindEdge Learning, joins Dr. Cherron Hoppes, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Helix Education, to talk about the National Institute of Online Learning (NIOL) and why it’s an important organization to […]

Open Design at Duke University

Online teaching doesn’t work. At least, that’s what the latest reports say.  But what we started doing in March was not online teaching. In fact, online education needs to be transformed in exactly the same way in-person brick and mortar education needs to be transformed, and it simply hasn’t happened yet. We cannot continue to […]

The international enrollment drop could cost higher ed $3B this fall

This fall’s international enrollment drop could cost higher ed $3B. Reported by Education Dive, a forecasting survey of 346 institutions from NAFSA suggests an estimated three billion dollar loss in international enrollment revenue this fall from coronavirus issues, travel restrictions, and exclusionary federal policies. The takeaway? Already in a recession, a $3 billion international enrollment […]

Our new online faculty need better online training

Our brand-new online faculty need better online training. Reported by EdSurge, helping our faculty dig into the last three decades of online teaching practice research may prove invaluable to creating better online-first pedagogical habits. The takeaway? There are courses, webinars, blogs, and research on best-practice online instruction. Even our own courses themselves, to give our […]

Reality check hits higher ed’s once optimistic fall plans

A reality check is hitting higher ed’s once optimistic fall plans. Reported by Education Dive, with confirmed coronavirus infections surging in the last few weeks, several colleges have publicly reversed their original plans to re-open campus this fall, including the University of Southern California and Loyola University Chicago. The takeaway? The benefits of making a […]

Decoding our online accessibility challenges

What online accessibility challenges do colleges still need to decode before fall? Reported by EdSurge, the two biggest challenges making sure students could transition to online learning this past spring were physical accessibility (making sure students had computers), and connection accessibility (making sure students had internet). That latter one is often the trickier challenge that […]

Campus Visits Return Via Car

Campus visits are returning, via car ride. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the University of Southern Indiana has launched a safe way to bring back their campus visits – offering car tours of campus, led by an admissions staffer in their own car. These 45-minute tours will take up to 5 cars, connected via ZOOM […]

Online Student Experience & Engagement – A Culture of Coaching

Many universities are offering tremendous student support, but most can extend this support further by transitioning from the foundations of coaching to a culture of coaching. That way, students can experience connection and support in every interaction with university faculty and staff members. Miranda Benson, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Helix Education, shares proven […]