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.

Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D.
Inside Higher Ed
Syracuse University College of Law has won approval from the American Bar Association’s accreditation division to offer a J.D. program in which roughly two-thirds of the course work will be completed online — although about half of the credits completed at a distance will be conducted live, in real time, school officials note. The ABA has been cautious in permitting law schools to educate students via the internet, and before Syracuse, the bar association had approved two institutions to offer more than 15 of their credits online, its current limit (though an increase is under review).

Winners and Losers in Work-Study Plan
Inside Higher Ed
House Republicans’ rewrite of the Higher Education Act was a dud in almost all respects for student aid advocates and higher education associations. But in its proposal for the Federal Work-Study formula, the bill appeared to deliver on calls to make the program’s funding allocation more equitable.

Few Surprises in White House Budget
Inside Higher Ed
The White House budget released Monday won’t be approved by Congress and likely won’t even be seriously considered by lawmakers as a framework for their spending priorities. But the document makes clear that the Trump administration is in many respects on the same page with House Republicans as they seek to dramatically reshape the student aid system in renewing the Higher Education Act.

Advising Equals Engaged Students
Inside Higher Ed
It’s a no-brainer that the more advising colleges offer, the more engaged students will be in their education. But a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows that effective advising may have a larger impact on returning students and thus colleges’ persistence and graduation rates.

Rejecting Criticisms — and Addressing Them
Inside Higher Ed
George Washington University administrators pushed back last week against faculty criticisms of the institution’s rapidly expanding portfolio of online programs — rejecting the contention that the online courses are exorbitantly priced and qualitatively inferior to face-to-face offerings.

DeVos seeks cuts from Education Department to support school choice
Washington Post
More than $1 billion would be spent on private school vouchers and other school choice plans under the budget proposal released Monday by President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The proposal also calls for slashing the Education Department’s budget and devoting more resources to career training, at the expense of four-year colleges and universities.

The Cost of Attending For-Profits
Inside Higher Ed
A new analysis finds that students enrolling in certificate programs are more likely to experience economic gains from enrolling in programs at public institutions, generally community colleges, than at for-profit institutions. Further, the analysis finds that people may be better off economically by not pursuing any postsecondary education than by enrolling in a certificate program at a for-profit.

Here’s What the $400-Billion Federal Spending Deal Means for Higher Ed
Chronicle of Higher Education
…The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes $4 billion for “student-centered programs that aid college completion and affordability,” according to an outline of the agreement. Details about what that actually means are few and far between, but the measure covers “programs that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.” The bill also provides $100 million in relief for institutions in Puerto Rico.


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