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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Do colleges have the financial reserves for creative tuition policies?

Do colleges have enough financial reserves for creative tuition policies this fall? Reported by EdSurge, while institutions are doing everything they can to retain the students who were originally planning on fall, they’re also thinking about other incentives they’ll likely need to offer to make their class. Tuition freezes and discounts? Financial aid increases? One […]

A COVID Gap Year

Will a COVID gap year end up being an all too common note on student’s resumes and transcripts moving forward? And if so, how can students make the most of their gap story? Through internship opportunities? Service work? Creative exploration? Getting some Gen Eds out of the way? The takeaway? For those individuals wanting to […]

Adult-serving institutions are being hit the hardest

Are adult-serving institutions being hit the hardest right now? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, federal coronavirus relief aid was distributed based on full-time equivalent (FTE) students instead of total student head count. That means that Amarillo College, serving 10,000 undergraduate students in the Texas panhandle received the same relief dollars as Brown University, […]

The hardest courses to teach online

What have the hardest courses to teach online been? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, many faculty have struggled with recreating the intimacy of the small discussion-based seminar online. The first instinct may be to try and recreate this intimacy through live ZOOM classes. But many pedagogical experts believe that asynchronous models may be […]

Dealing with summer learning loss

How can we deal with our students’ summer learning loss? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, despite our best efforts, many of our students may not have received the full education experience of our traditional courses this spring. And our rising freshman may have had a difficult last semester as well. So, are they […]

The continued decline of international student enrollment

International student enrollment has already been declining. Will coronavirus kill it? Reported by Education Dive, new international student enrollment declined 10% between fall of 2015 and 2018, partially due to un-friendly immigration policies. Today, international enrollment makes up a little more than 5% of total higher ed enrollment, and a much higher revenue source given […]

Live Online vs. On-Demand Learning

Live online or on-demand learning? Reported by EdSurge, many teachers are “hedging” with the current advice of education experts. That students learn best differently, so how can we serve both through compromise? And therefore we’re often left with a weekly live online gathering we hope works for most parties, and the remainder done throughout the […]

The future of campus policing

What does the future of campus policing look like? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with a nation in outrage over police brutality and anti-black racism, the focus on institutional relationships with campus and non-campus police is already coming into view, with protest calls for defunding and disbanding campus police departments altogether. With Minneapolis at the […]

A boon for post-traditional institutions?

Will COVID-19 provide a boon to post-traditional student institutions? Reported by Education Dive, the colleges most prepared for this coronavirus reality have been the ones catering to the remote online learner the longest. Many institutions with the largest post-traditional student focus, with an avg. student age in their 30s, may very well find themselves top […]

MOOCs, Take Two?

MOOCs, take two? Reported by EdSurge, will the pandemic provide room for another MOOC moment? Could on-campus students who avoided online courses turn to MOOCs over their first-choice institution in the interim for the cost savings alone? Could incoming freshman who may have preferred a “gap” year, but with nowhere to travel to safe just […]

Are “free college” plans over?

Will states be able to afford their generous “free tuition” plans any longer? Reported by Education Dive, while free tuition policies have been gaining both popularity and policy across the country over the last several years, will states be able to afford them now? Coronavirus’ impact on tax revenues and therefore, state budgets, will likely […]

A subscription-based model for higher education

Should higher ed move to a subscription-based model? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the subscription-based model provides interesting win-win scenarios. A potentially steadier and more predictable cash flow forecasting for the institution. An incentive for the student to finish their credential quicker. Plus, an easier post-graduation option to make continuing education an expected next step […]

How should we evaluate our online teachers this spring?

How should we evaluate our online teachers this spring? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, with many faculty concerned they may be harshly critiqued for their well-intentioned and unplanned pedagogical scramble this spring, what are the different ways institutions should be thinking about performance assessment? In the article, Jody Greene suggests evaluating professors on […]

How do state affirmative action decisions influence higher ed enrollment?

How do state affirmative action decisions influence higher ed enrollment? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a new study published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis shows the long term enrollment impacts of 19 public universities in states that banned affirmative action. The results? The underrepresentation gap between their share of underrepresented students compared to the […]

Is higher ed too big to fail?

Is higher ed too big to fail? Reported by Education Dive, dozens of educational organizations, consortiums and policy groups are pushing for broader higher education funding to ensure our institutions remain viable post COVID-19. With 0% interest rates and suspended payments on student loans already pushed through, will there be a broader set of funds […]

Is now AI’s time to shine?

Is now AI’s time to shine? Reported by Education Dive, with institutions feverishly trying to scramble and put together high-quality online education plans to save their enrollment if the COVID-19 pandemic keeps campuses closed come fall, is now the opportunity for AI to play hero? Through chatbots that handle instantaneous customer service? Through recruitment pool […]

Colleges said they wanted more lower-income students, but didn’t enroll them

Colleges said they wanted to enroll more lower-income students. But then they didn’t. Reported by Education Dive, in 2016 the American Talent Initiative (ATI) successfully signed 128 institutions on with a commitment to increase access for lower-income students. But despite a strong start, in the last two years, ATI members reported a net increase of […]

We need to talk about online cheating

We need to talk about online cheating. Reported by EdSurge, with new innovations in AI-written term papers, and a slew of new students learning online, our institutions are going to need to revisit our cheating policies and prevention strategies. For instance, some of the largest players in online education like Western Governors University utilize virtual […]

The Importance and Inequity of Internships

Are internships an equitable differentiation for students? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, while the Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions cites the correlation between students who have internships on their resumes and their likelihood of getting hired, they also cite the inherent equity issue in this outcome. For instance, many internships […]

Do our new online faculty need triage help?

Do our new online faculty need triage help? Reported by EdSurge, the Instructional Design Emergency Response Network is a volunteer network of 300 instructional designers and counting, established and willing to help faculty currently scrambling to provide quality online educational experiences. The takeaway? Higher ed is such a generous community, and we need that generosity […]

What will higher ed look like this fall?

What will higher ed look like this fall? Reported by EdSurge, many university administrators are currently developing multiple game plans. Remote learning as it is today, with improved online practice. A rollout return with social distancing and testing implementations on campus. Or potentially offering both online and in-person modalities for students too concerned themselves to […]

Migrating Accessibility to the Online Classroom

How can we migrate accessibility to the online classroom? Reported by EdSurge, as educators begin thinking through potentially longer-term transitions to online education, it’s important to ensure you translate the accommodations you’ve already made in your academic classroom for students with learning disabilities online as well. The takeaway? Most learning management platforms have built-in accessibility […]

An ethical evaluation of higher ed’s endowment investments

What if we conducted an ethical evaluation of our institution’s endowment investments? Reported by Education Dive, Georgetown University announced they will divest from fossil fuel companies within a decade. For many institutions, their endowment investment is how they subsidize the majority of their operations. But do our institutions have an ethical responsibility for where we’re […]

Is yours a surveillance campus?

Is yours a surveillance campus? Reported by EdSurge, more than 40 colleges have made statements that they are not and won’t use facial recognition technology on their campuses. Whereas, many universities are actively utilizing facial recognition technology for meal payment, dorm security, and other privacy applications. The privacy concerns and hyper-surveillance potential of the modern […]

Prioritizing Student Convenience

What happens when our students value convenience more than anything else? Bob Ubell, Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to discuss what happens when our students value convenience more than anything else. What are the Motivations of our Online Students? “When […]

Are dual enrollment options available to the most underrepresented students?

Are dual enrollment options available to the most underrepresented students? Reported by Education Dive, dual enrollment options designed to improve college affordability are underrepresented by the very students these programs were most designed to serve, with a new report from Wheelhouse showing that only 27% of black students and 30% of Hispanic students taking advantage […]

Is the bachelor’s degree still higher ed’s primary credential?

Is the bachelor’s degree still higher ed’s primary credential? Reported by Education Dive, colleges are awarding slightly more certificates and associates degrees (1.95 million) per year as they are bachelor’s degrees (1.92 million). New certificate programs continue to be created for these new positions that require more than a bachelor’s degree but less than a […]

Using Gen Ed’s to solicit new majors

Can you use your Gen Ed’s to solicit new majors? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Andre Audette from Monmouth College uses their introductory American politics course to win over students still searching for their career path. For those students who are engaged, show interest, and perform well, Audette simply asks them if they’ve […]

What nudge communication helped make community college students 21% more likely to return?

What nudge communication helped make community college students more likely to return? Reported by Education Dive, a new research study from University of Florida showed that a one-course tuition waiver with clear return steps made students 21% more likely to return. The takeaway? It’s not just about communication volume and timing. It’s about the communication […]

If tuition is free, do our campuses become our difference?

If tuition is free, do our campuses become our difference? Reported by Education Dive, Georgetown College in Kentucky is experimenting with full-tuition scholarships for students from neighboring counties who enroll full-time and live on campus. While this is an enrollment growth initiative for a tuition-dependent institution currently struggling financially, is this also a potential model […]

Is your campus ready to go vegan?

Is your campus ready to go vegan? Reported by Education Dive, the University of North Texas and the University of California, San Diego both have all-vegan dining halls, designed through evolving student demand with a growing preference for plant-based eating. Other institutions have “Meatless Monday” programs, plant-based food trucks, and are increasingly shifting their menus […]

SNHU’s new transfer partnership with Pennsylvania community colleges

What happens when your state’s community college system makes an enormous transfer agreement with an out-of-state private institution? Reported by Education Dive, students from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges will now be able to transfer up to 90 credits to Southern New Hampshire University and complete their degree for $288 per credit hour, a 10% discount […]

First-gen students feel greater sense of belonging at 2-year schools

Reported by Education Dive, a recent analysis of federal data showed that both first-generation and underrepresented minority students attending community colleges feel a greater sense of “belonging” than at 4-year colleges. The takeaway? A student’s sense of “belonging” is a feeling we can greatly impact. And if we are committed to student persistence and success, […]

The Dept. of Ed is ending their competency-based education experiments

While higher ed continues to explore new competency-based education models, the Department of Education is ending their experiments. Reported by Education Dive, the U.S. Department of Education is ending their experiment on June 30th, which allowed competency-based programs to receive federal aid. Institutions with direct-assessment approvals will be able to maintain these programs, and new […]

Do humanities students need their own lab space?

Do humanities students need their own lab space? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, STEM labs on campuses serve a technology housing purpose, but also an essential community and collaboration purpose. That’s why Johns Hopkins University created their Classics Research Lab, to increase the opportunities for connection between students and scholars. The experiment has […]

Can we save the bachelor’s degree by adding to it?

Can we save the bachelor’s degree by adding to it? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, industry not-for-profit Workcred believes the bachelor’s degree should be reimagined, with the new 3-legged stool being the academic degree, work-based learning, and an industry-recognized credential. The takeaway? Embedding industry-credentials and certifications into our degree programs seems like the […]

What can eSports teach us about building community in online learning?

What can eSports teach us about building community in online learning? Reported by EdSurge, while eSports can be played anywhere, more and more universities are building eSports arenas. Why? There are technological and affordability considerations for sure. But there’s also an intentional desire to build a greater sense of community – to make these players […]

Are educational podcasts the next MOOCs?

Are educational podcasts the next MOOCs? Reported by EdSurge, there is a growing subculture of educational podcasts run by academics outside of their office university responsibilities, often from those who want a larger audience than their university classroom provides. These podcasts provide a fascinating platform to go off-curriculum, while digging deeper into their personal passions, […]

McDonalds’ Archways to Opportunity Internal Education Services

How should enterprise organizations help their employees navigate upskilling opportunities and career advancement? Reported by PR Newswire, McDonalds’ new Archways to Careers app is designed to help employees identify potential career opportunities, and be mapped to a student coach to help support their educational plan. These paid educational offerings could include earning their GED, learning […]

Are colleges overly focused on a student’s first job vs. their career?

Are colleges overly incentivized on helping students get their first job versus preparing them for the rest of their careers? Reported by Education Dive, only 50% of employers are even listing “required majors” on Handshake, a career services platform specifically designed for new graduates. More and more of these employers are looking for skills, and […]

Are private non-profits holding strong?

Are private non-profits holding strong? Reported by Education Dive, while many have been predicting a deep consolidation of non-profit institutions, enrollment in this sector has remained roughly flat, growing slightly from 4.27 million students in 2017 to 4.28 million in 2018. The real enrollment crash has occurred with the for-profit institutions, having lost 36% of […]

A virtual advising pilot didn’t improve college enrollment rates

A virtual advising pilot didn’t improve college enrollment rates. Reported by Education Dive, a new attempt at “nudging” behavior didn’t work as expected. A new study out of UCLA offered socioeconomically disadvantaged high school students free virtual advising to help with their transition from high school to college. While the students in the study reported […]

Why are companies paying for their employees to go back to college?

Why are companies paying for their employees to go back to college? Reported by Education Dive, it’s a recruitment and retention advantage for sure. But it’s also an investment in upskilling. For instance, Walmart charges their employees just $1 a day to earn degrees in business, supply-chain management, technology or healthcare. And it’s because that’s […]

Will Second Life environments make a comeback in online education?

Will Second Life-esque virtual campuses make a comeback in higher ed? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Stanford University has partnered with VirBELA to design a virtual campus where students from their certificate program can design their avatars, virtually wander campus using their keyboards, and chat with other student avatars in their vicinity. The takeaway? While […]

How will physical-dependent courses translate online?

How will physical-dependent courses translate online? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, NYU’s new master’s in integrated digital media is testing the waters, with faculty designing creative solutions for evaluating physical art projects traditionally designed in an on-campus lab. Through the student’s own documentation of the process using photos and videos, as well as live video […]

Putting a Value Tag on Colleges

Can we put a value tag on colleges? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has released their first attempt, aptly titled, “A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges”. This study uses College Scorecard data to attempt to rank domestic institutions based on their ROI. But by […]

Will Coursera’s new bachelor’s completion degree be able to scale?

Will Coursera’s new bachelor’s completion degree be able to scale? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Coursera has partnered with the University of North Texas to launch a degree completion program, Coursera’s first bachelor’s degree program. Incoming students can transfer up to 84 credits earned elsewhere, but must earn at least 34 credits through UNT in […]

The student housing collapse is coming

The student housing collapse is coming. Reported by Education Dive, despite representing less than 6% of loans, student housing currently accounts for 40% of loan defaults in the multifamily sector. Enrollment declines, the rise of online learners, and last decade’s housing boom creating an all-time high in student housing property prices have created a perfect […]

Is online education an entirely different product than traditional higher education?

Is online education an entirely different product than traditional higher education? Reported by EdSurge, many of us think of online education as simply a difference in modality, and therefore the question becomes how do we deliver the same experience through a different channel. But we really need to understand how absolutely different the average audience […]

Is the political climate leading to a surge in HBCU enrollment?

Is the hostile political climate leading to a surge in HBCU enrollment? Reported by Education Dive, one-third of historically black colleges and universities have seen record enrollment numbers within the past three years. Some theorize that recent public philanthropic gifts for HBCUs has ushered in a new understanding of the underfunding issues some HBCU’s have […]

How Pace University is intentional about enrolling underrepresented students

Pace University takes a hyper-intentional approach to enrolling underrepresented students. Reported by Education Dive, Pace’s ranking as the top college in the country for upward economic mobility comes from their intentionality in doing so. Removing application and enrollment barriers such as student and family income. Building a pipeline through high school visits to underrepresented communities. […]

Do we need PhDs in Learning Innovation?

Do we need PhDs in Learning Innovation? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with exciting new innovations in learning science research and the rapid growth of online learning, the conversation about these digital innovations seems to mostly be happening digitally. Where historically, such massive thought around similar systemic change has largely happened in peer-reviewed journals, conference […]

The disconnect between higher ed leadership and digital learning

Is there a disconnect between higher ed leadership and digital learning? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a recent survey from the Campus Computing Project shows that only 40% of IT officials believe college leaders are “well informed” about digital learning and digital transformation. The takeaway? We’re unfortunately still in the early days of digital learning. […]

Boston College embraces Learning Experience Design (LXD)

Boston College is embracing Learning Experience Design (LXD). Reported by EdSurge, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management takes a different approach when determining course modality. They avoid the binary choice of online vs. on-ground. Instead, their faculty are working to build flexible, accessible and customizable hybrid courses for digital natives. This means animated videos, synchronous […]

Could embodied cognition improve students’ academic performance?

Could embodied cognition improve students’ academic performance? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, faculty within the chemistry department at Miami University are committed to the concept of embodied cognition, learning about things like atomic movement, by recreating the movement yourself. Spinning, vibrating, and match-making around the classroom. The results so far? Students in these […]

Evaluating academic programs by mission, market, and margin

When you consider adding new academic programs, consider your entire academic portfolio. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, institutions should consider individual academic programs, only in relation to the entire portfolio, and where they contribute to mission (your focus), market (student demand) and margin (net profitability of the program). The takeaway? Continually analyzing the […]

CSU Channel Islands teaches students how to learn online

California State University Channel Islands is teaching students how to learn online. Reported by Education Dive, CSU Channel Islands launched Learning Online 101, a 1-3 hour course allowing students to practice using online course technology, along with the time management and networking skills required for successful online learning. 92% of students thus far have reported […]

ASU’s adaptive learning experiment

What can Arizona State University’s experiment in adaptive software teach us? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, ASU has moved their algebra class from a 100-student lecture to 100 students on their laptops, while a professor and five undergraduate assistants roam and assist. The adaptive software tests existing competency, and then customizes the next-step learning path […]

On-Campus Student Services for Rural Online Students

Could on-campus student services help rural students’ online persistence? Reported by Education Dive, rural Shasta County in Northern California has no four-year universities and only two community colleges. But through grants from the Lumina Foundation, Shasta is now offering localized support, including tutoring centers, a library, and a health center, for those students studying online […]

Frito-Lay offers college credit for apprenticeship training

Frito-Lay is offering college credit for apprenticeship training. Reported by Education Dive, students who enter Frito-Lay’s apprenticeship program receive elective credits for basic engineering and maintenance skills through Central Georgia Technical College, as they learn skills that prepare them for entry-level manufacturing roles. Through this program, Frito-Lay has created pathways to successful hires as well. […]

New gift makes CalTech an instant leader in the climate science field

A new gift makes the California Institute of Technology an immediate leader in the climate science field. Reported by Education Dive, a $750 million dollar private donation to Caltech is designed to scale the institution’s environmental research as well as open a new 75,000 square-foot center for energy and sustainability research. Plus, new core courses […]

How to bring high-touch to online learning?

How can we bring high-touch interactivity to online learning? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, online courses, for all their pedagogical rigor, often miss many of the benefits of in-person interactivity. But there are several ways institutions are working to incorporate high-touch into the online degree program. From in-person residencies to heavy team-based projects, and client-based […]

How did one community college quadruple their graduation rates?

How did the Community College of Rhode Island quadruple their 2-year graduation rates? Reported by Education Dive, the Rhode Island Promise program provides high school graduates with free community college tuition contingent on them enrolling full-time. This along with other institutional initiatives has risen their graduation rate up from 4% to 18%. The takeaway? Full-time […]

I met my future college online

How important is social media for the college purchasing decision? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a recent EAB study has shown a significant leap in the importance of social media for college discovery in the last two years, with the percentage of students saying they “discovered” a college on social media growing from 19.2% in […]

From University Library to Maker-Space

From university library to maker-space, a physical transformation is happening on our campuses. Reported by EdSurge, once judged by the size of their collections, the modern university library is now being valued for how well it helps our students navigate the information age. With some institutions transforming their physical collections into maker-spaces, innovation studios, and […]

Developing a Digital Quad to Support Social Learning

How do we replicate the informal social learning that takes place in dorm rooms and quads for our online students? Reported by EdSurge, online students are increasingly disconnected from the channels that spark social learning, interaction, and educational development. The late-night dorm experiences. The serendipitous bumping into new people, opportunities, and experiences on the quad. […]

ASU’s Edx MOOC Experiment

What did we learn from Arizona State University’s great EdX MOOC experiment? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the results of this Global Freshman Academy have been disappointing. Out of 373,000 students who have enrolled in the program, just 2% completed a single course with a C or better. Less than ½ a percent paid to […]

Income-based tuition vs. income-share agreements

If income-share agreements run into regulatory trouble, will income-based tuition plans replace them? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with more and more institutions exploring income share agreements to provide students with an alternative financing option, Simmons University is launching an income-based tuition alternative, allowing a nursing student to defer their tuition until after graduation, and […]

Are state flagship institutions unaffordable for their residents?

Are state flagship institutions unaffordable for their residents? Reported by Education Dive, a new study from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) shows that nearly all state flagships are largely unaffordable for their low- and middle-income residents. In response to this financial reality, some institutions, like University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas […]

California’s new free online skills-based community college

California is about to launch their new free online skills-based community college, Calbright. Reported by Education Dive, Calbright will offer three academic pathways, including medical coding, information technology support and cybersecurity. Today, these courses do not offer credit that can be transferred to other colleges. Instead, the college offers job placement assistance upon completion through […]

Where should fintech live at your college?

Where should fintech live at your college? Reported by Education Dive, the growing popularity of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and cryptocurrency are all creating new curriculum and governance questions about cross-department collaboration for these emerging programs. University of the Cumberlands chooses to split the courses from their global business and blockchain degree between the […]

Would increasing math requirements at Cal State negatively impact diversity?

Would increasing math requirements negatively impact diversity? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, The California State System has proposed requiring an additional high school course in quantitative reasoning to qualify for admission, based on data which shows that students with those capabilities are much more likely to succeed at Cal State. While this wouldn’t require any […]

Will nudge economics work on our faculty?

Will nudge economics work on our faculty? While a long-term College Board study recently came back showing low effectiveness of student-focused nudge communications, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the California State System is testing a new system where professors themselves will receive personalized nudge communications. These messages will highlight differences in academic performance […]

Industry or academia: who is responsible for retraining workers?

Who is responsible for retraining workers? Higher ed or the employers themselves? Reported by EdSurge, a recent Gallup survey in partnership with Northeastern University showed that 73% of Americans believe employers are responsible for retraining. The problem? Most employers don’t see retraining as their responsibility, nor are they often deeply embedded in the education game. […]

The need for adult-specific EdTech

Do adult students require different EdTech? Reported by EdSurge, a new study from the U.S. Department of Education finds that adult learners and traditional learners likely need very different EdTech tools. For instance, when an LMS serves as a complement to the traditional classroom vs. the entire classroom experience, it probably needs to be designed […]

Teaching new alumni to give

Do new alumni need to be taught to give? Reported by Education Dive, Villanova University just wrapped up a 5-year capital campaign that came in $160 million over their $600 million goal through 78,000 donors, half of whom gave for the very first time. While major gifts drive campaigns, many advancement offices believe that ignoring […]

Will Google search changes increase community college enrollment?

How will changes to Google’s college search features impact community college enrollment? Reported by Education Dive, while Google’s “college search” features have historically only included 4-year colleges, community colleges will now be included in these search rankings. As these typically low-priced options are added to rankable college search listings, will this small database change vastly […]

Will the future of private college support come through employer partnerships?

While 65% of City University of New York’s budget runs off city and state support, one university president believes the future of private institution support needs to come through employer partnerships. Reported by Education Dive, Jayson Boyers, president of Cleary University, believes industry-education partnerships may provide the revenue stream diversity so needed by private institutions. […]

Indiana University has reduced mental health stigma on campus

Indiana University’s attempts to remove some of the stigma behind mental health issues appears to be working. Reported by Education Dive, the peer-led U Bring Change to Mind (UBC2M) has been holding events, “de-stress” activities, and bi-weekly meetings in attempt to boost mental health awareness and services across campus. Longitudinal surveys have shown a decrease […]

SNHU is offering Salesforce credit

Southern New Hampshire University is now offering course credit for free Salesforce training. Reported by Education Dive, SNHU will now count completion of Salesforce’s free online training program, Trailhead, as a technology elective. This follows the path of more and more colleges and universities partnering with and incorporating popular technology and software credentials into their […]

What can we learn from other countries’ “free college” initiatives?

What can we learn from other countries’ “free college” initiatives? Reported by Education Dive, a new study from the American Enterprise Institute suggests some potential unintended consequences of free college. Specifically in these international use cases, you find a high correlation between an increase in federal subsidies and lower admission rates. This is partially because […]

Are nutrition benefits a college completion strategy?

Are nutrition benefits a college completion strategy? Reported by Education Dive, The College Student Hunger Act of 2019 is a legislative attempt to expand the existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP. With a growing food insecurity problem across college campuses, and with more and more nontraditional students trying to balance the finances […]

Southwest Airlines is Building University Pipelines

Southwest Airlines is building university pipelines. Reported by Education Dive, with the aviation industry experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, more and more airlines are working directly with universities to create customized academic pathways and apprenticeship programs. Southwest Airlines is the most recent, partnering with Arizona State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska […]

Competency-Based Assessed Students Are Graduating 59% Faster

Students in competency-based assessment bachelor’s degree programs at Capella University are graduating 59% faster. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the promise of competency-based education is that freed from the credit hour, students would be able to progress through the curriculum as fast as their mastery allowed, saving time and tuition dollars. This experiment at Capella […]

Part-time Student Price Penalty

There’s a price penalty for part-time students in higher ed. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many colleges still retain “plateau tuition” policies, meaning that a student taking 18 credit hours a semester pays no more than a student taking 12 credit hours. These policies are designed to encourage full-time enrollment and help students graduate faster. […]

The downsides of planning for the future of higher education

What could long-term higher ed planning possibly look like? We don’t need a different college every 10 miles to effectively serve the student population. Everyone’s going to study online. They’re going to make a hyper-rational value-quality decision based on widely available data. And there will be 25 mega-schools that teach everyone. What does real-term higher […]

Cannabis goes to college

Is cannabis coming to college? Reported by MarketWatch, with more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational use, the industry as a whole is looking to evolve. From ag science, to business operations, the business of cannabis is quickly creating a need for a specifically educated workforce. And a few institutions are starting […]

Gates Foundation’s Early Alert Initiatives Show Little Impact

The Gates Foundation’s early alert initiatives designed to improve student persistence and retention have proven largely ineffective to date. Reported by EdSurge, a new study examining the impact on these early interventions funded by the Gates Foundation at three separate universities has “not yet produced discernible positive effects on students’ academic performance.” This is a […]

Can Higher Ed Learn Online Education Best Practices from McDonalds?

Can higher ed learn online education best practices from McDonalds? Reported by EdSurge, Arizona State University’s Chief Technology Officer, Donna Kidwell, is looking to incorporate the best-practices of corporate training programs into online education. Because in a fast-growing franchise model, the new owner needs to learn very specific best practices for how to run and […]

Those Masterclass Videos are Coming After Higher Education

Those Masterclass videos are coming after higher education. Reported by EdSurge, the founder behind those celebrity video courses you see advertised in your Facebook feed is now offering university-level courses through a new company called Outlier. Outlier has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh to ensure the credits earned are transferable, and each course costs […]

Avoiding the Discriminatory Design of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Ed

How can we avoid the discriminatory design of artificial intelligence in higher ed? Reported by EdSurge, unchecked, artificial intelligence may tell you that low-income students are a higher risk admission chance, and suggest denying their entry. It may judge teachers on the exit point of the students taking their course and ignore their entry point. […]

Could Employer-Funded College Ruin Publicly-Funded Higher Education?

Could employer-funded college ruin publicly-funded higher education? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, while many see employer-funded education as an amazing move toward accessibility for adult learners, some, like Geoffrey Cox from Stanford University, have grown concerned that this trend may cause a de-funding of public education and lock both healthcare insurance and education […]

Boston University Launches Second-Tier Priced Online MBA

Boston University is launching a second-tier priced online MBA. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while many institutions make no pricing, or respective quality, distinctions between their online and on-campus degree programs, Boston University is promoting a purposely different online MBA. Specifically designed for the part-time student, this online degree offered in conjunction with edX, offers […]

Is “right-sizing” an enrollment excuse or a strategy?

Is “right-sizing” an enrollment excuse or a strategy? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many are asking that question after George Washington University’s president, Thomas LeBlanc, announced plans to intentionally cut undergraduate enrollment by 20% over the next five years. This “better, not bigger” model is becoming a popular anthem in higher ed right now, but […]

Is social emotional learning coming to higher education?

Is social emotional learning coming to higher education? Reported by Education Dive, George Mason University is one of many institutions working with Education Design Lab to bring soft-skills badging, including social emotional learning, to higher ed. These credentials, including empathy, resilience, and collaboration can currently be obtained by both undergraduate and graduate students through standalone […]

Is a lifetime membership a solution for educating the lifelong learner?

Is a lifetime membership a solution for educating the lifelong learner? With many colleges thinking through their support mechanisms for the lifelong learner, including stackable credentials and continuing certifications, could a lifelong membership option be on the table? Some institutions like Boise State University are coming close with a subscription-based model, but this subscription currently […]

Will visa delays be what prevents many institutions from hitting their numbers this fall?

Will visa delays be what prevents many institutions from hitting their numbers this fall? Reported by Education Dive, visa delays by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are making colleges and universities nationwide so concerned about their international enrollment, many higher ed leaders are petitioning congress and the Department of Homeland Security to step […]

A degree of embedded certifications?

Is a degree of embedded certifications the next step for some of our tech-centric degree programs? Reported by Education Dive, with more institutions attempting to prove the market value of their degree programs, many are following the lead of community colleges, and incorporating credentials and market-friendly certifications directly within their degree programs, including Broward College, […]

Faculty’s role in a personalized learning campus

What if faculty’s role was less about subject matter expertise, and more about student learning expertise – working to personalize content delivery based on the individual learning profile of each student? Reported by Education Dive, Maryville University President Mark Lombardi is going all-in on personalized learning, using learning diagnostics and life coaches to make sure […]

What did free community college do for four-year institutions?

What did free community college do for four-year institutions? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, two years into the Oregon Promise program, which provided Oregon students with tuition-free community college, there was a 4.2% increase in community college enrollment and a 2.9% enrollment decline at the state’s 4-year colleges. 4-year institutions have been fearful of what […]

HR’s move to competency-based hiring

Would competency-based hiring put competency-based learning back in the spotlight? Reported by EdSurge, more and more HR managers are exploring and championing this concept of competency-based or skills-based hiring. And this could move us away from the degree being the primary signal of a new candidate’s talent, and more toward skills alignment to a company […]

Retraining vs. education?

Is Amazon going to “educate” 100,000 of their employees, or merely “retrain” them? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Amazon announced they will spend $700 million dollars over the next six years retraining their frontline workers whose positions may be eliminated by automation. But should we consider this re-training to also be educating? Or will Amazon […]

What were the results from The University of Chicago’s test-optional admissions policy?

Last year, the University of Chicago announced it would drop their SAT requirement and offer test-optional admissions. The results? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, first-generation and low-income student commitments are up a whopping 20%, with between 10-15% of total incoming freshman taking advantage of the policy change and not submitting an SAT or ACT score. […]

How higher ed expectations affect enrollment patterns

What cultural expectations exist about college attendance? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the High School Longitudinal Study tracks student and parent expectations of college achievement over time. The findings? Student expectations for their future academic achievements are slightly increasing, with students assuming a high school diploma or GED to be the end of their education […]

How can skills mapping help prove the value of higher education?

How can skills mapping help prove the value of higher education? Reported by Education Dive, The University of South Florida is reverse-engineering online job descriptions in order to determine the skills gaps that exist within their existing degree program curriculum. This means utilizing job data to determine the most frequently requested skills from target occupations, […]

How to find the colleges and universities that best serve Latino students?

How can we find the college and universities that are best serving Latino students? Reported by Education Dive, the Seal of Execelencia from the Execelencia in Education group is attempting to shine a spotlight on those Latino-friendly institutions. Earning this designation is based upon several factors including existing Latino enrollment, retention and graduation metrics, financial […]

What if our degree programs were composed of stackable employer credentials?

What if our degree programs were composed of stackable employer credentials? Reported by Education Dive, Harold Washington College is partnering with Facebook for a co-branded digital marketing certificate program, one of 20 institutions to do so thus far. This push to partner with employers to ensure our graduates are gaining market-friendly skills is wonderful, but […]

Higher Ed Sees a $183.8 Million Investment Injection into Apprenticeship Training

How will a $183.8 million investment injection into apprenticeship training affect higher ed? Reported by EducationDive, twenty three institutions and university systems received apprenticeship funding from President Trump’s 2017 executive order to expand apprenticeships. Some employers see these apprenticeships as a great way to specifically train potential employees while vetting them. Some institutions see apprenticeships […]