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IT Effectiveness Found Lacking
Inside Higher Ed
Many campus investments in information technology aren’t necessarily paying off, according to the National Survey of Computing, eLearning and Information Technology. The survey of IT leaders, conducted by the Campus Computing Project, found that many see only modest benefits from IT investments, and generally low satisfaction with many IT services on campus.

EDUCAUSE 2018 ‘IT issues’ forecast highlights need for institutional change in higher education
EdScoop
Higher education leaders expect several significant shifts in IT priorities heading into 2018, including a greater sense of academy-wide urgency to support student success, according to findings unveiled today by the nonprofit association EDUCAUSE.

Report: Most Higher Ed CIOs Expect Digital Transformation to Cause Significant Change to The Business Model
Campus Technology
More than half — 59 percent — of chief information officers working in higher education expect a significant change to their organization’s business model as a result of digital transformation, according to a recent survey from Gartner. The information is from Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey, which included responses from 3,160 CIOs in 98 countries, 247 of which work in higher education.

Republican tax plan seeks to shake up higher-education tax credits, deductions and benefits
Washington Post
Tucked away in the much-anticipated Republican tax bill are a few provisions that are sure to rattle universities, student loan borrowers and anyone paying for college.

Data on Community College Grads Who Earn Graduate Degrees
Inside Higher Ed
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released new data on the numbers of graduate and professional degree earners who first began their postsecondary studies at a community college. Roughly one in five master’s degree earners, 11 percent who earned doctoral degrees and 13 percent of professional degree earners originally began at a two-year college, found the center, which tracks the progress of almost all U.S. college students.

Revised Data Shows Community Colleges Have Been Underappreciated
New York Times
For the last few decades, the Department of Education has tracked graduation rates at colleges. Although a handful of elite colleges have graduation rates above 90 percent, many are below 50 percent — often, far below. But colleges have long complained that the federal rates are inaccurate. Back in 2008, Congress directed the department to study the matter.

Free Community College Picks Up Steam
Inside Higher Ed
Free public high school for everyone didn’t happen overnight. It began gradually with communities and states changing expectations about high school until, eventually, every state offered it for free. Advocates of tuition-free college like to make this point– that a single state or city won’t be able to change the way people think about how we pay for college and who should attend it.

What’s the Ideal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Classes?
Chronicle of Higher Education
Is there a tipping point at which students who take a blend of online and in-person coursework are doing too much online? That question goes to the heart of something called the online paradox.

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