Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

More Than 90 Percent of Ed Dept. Staff Would Be Furloughed in Shutdown, Will Slow ESSA Plans, Hurt ‘Impact Aid’ Schools
The 74
A collision of deadlines and politics has given rise to that most perfect, and increasingly frequent, of D.C. storms: the impending government shutdown. Current funding runs out Friday. After that, only government employees performing “essential government functions” — like the military or food inspectors — continue working. Very few employees in the Education Department, however, meet that essential standard, and that could throw a wrench into the works of some major K-12 programs.

Data-Savvy College Presidents ‘Remain the Exception’
Campus Technology
…In The Data-Enabled Executive: Using Analytics for Student Success and Sustainability, the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy suggested that colleges and universities that have successfully “harnessed” data are improving their student outcomes, promoting equity and inclusion, and optimizing resourcing strategies. Yet, a 2017 ACE survey found that only 12 percent of presidents ranked the use of institutional research and evidence in the top five areas of growing importance for the future.

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018
EdSurge
The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world. Strayer and Capella entered into a mega-merger. And oh yeah—the federal government decided to tax wealthy college endowments. So what will 2018 bring? I asked some experts—a few of my senior colleagues at Entangled Solutions—for their best predictions on four key questions for the year ahead. Here’s what Paul Freedman, Terah Crews, Jeff Selingo, and Mike Berlin had to say.

State Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality
Education Week
Attorneys general from more than 20 states are suing to block the Federal Communications Commission from repealing “net neutrality,” arguing that the agency’s actions run afoul of the law and the rulemaking process.

The Biggest Problem for State Higher-Ed Policy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy
Chronicle of Higher Education
The biggest concern for state higher-education policy in 2018 isn’t the continuing economic volatility, the questions about affordability for students, the disputes about free speech on campuses, or the difficulties in preventing and punishing campus sexual assaults. Instead, the top issue for states is the uncertainty created by the federal government, according to an annual report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Setting Limits on Academic Outsourcing
Inside Higher Ed
As more colleges have embraced online learning to (among other things) expand their enrollments at a time when their traditional pools of potential students are shrinking, conflicts with faculty members over who controls the curriculum have grown, too.

An Unusually Pointed DeVos Pans Past Federal School Reform Efforts in Broad Call for ‘Educational Freedom’
The 74
Previous federal efforts to reform education have not worked as hoped, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday in a speech that also called for expanding parental choice and a broad rethinking of educational priorities.

LinkedIn Learning Is Rolling Out Their LMS Partnerships
eLearning Inside News
LinkedIn, the social media platform that seeks to connect professionals and expand their networks, continues to move into the education and worker training space. Specifically, they’ve begun to partner with learning management systems (LMS) in order to expand their online courses, more effectively report a worker’s education, and direct qualified people to vacant positions. So far in the New Year, Absorb and Infor have joined their growing list of LMS partners.

Fall 2016 Top 20 Largest Online Enrollments In US – With Trends Since 2012
e-Literate
The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) provide the most official data on colleges and universities in the United States. This is the fifth year of data, and we have an opportunity to view trends over time. Let’s look at the top 20 online programs for Fall 2016 (in terms of total number of students taking at least one online course for grad and undergrad levels combined) in the US.

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