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.

What Government Shutdown Means for Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed
Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won’t mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on.

State Spending on Higher Education Has Inched Upward. But Most Public Colleges Can’t Celebrate.
Chronicle of Higher Education
State appropriations for higher education increased nominally over the last year, according to an annual survey. But the small rise and wide variations across the nation underscore why many public colleges still have reason to fret about their states’ economies.

International Student Numbers Decline
Inside Higher Ed
The number of international students in the U.S. fell by 2.2 percent at the undergraduate level and 5.5 percent at the graduate level from fall 2016 to 2017, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation, “Science and Engineering Indicators,” released last week.

Are states doing enough to regulate for-profit colleges? This study says no.
Washington Post
…The study, released Monday by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, documents differences among states in how well their laws protect students from bad actors in the for-profit college industry.

Innovation, data privacy find spots among AASCU’s top policy issues in 2018
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has outlined its top 10 policy issues for 2018, and although classroom technology did not make the cut, two related topics — innovation and data privacy — earned honorable mentions. They might not be at the top, but it’s a start. Last year’s report didn’t mention the words “technology,” “digital” or “innovation” once.

Outlook for Higher Ed in 2018 Is Bleak, Ratings Agency Says
Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher education will face many of the same challenges in 2018 that it has in previous years, but additional state and federal pressures suggest a bleak outlook for the sector this year, according to the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s.

Report: Ed Dept. isn’t doing enough to push experimentation in higher ed
Education Dive
…The promise of the department’s experimental unit has never come to fruition, according to a New America report. Beginning with its initial quality assurance pilot to test different methods for verifying financial aid data, the bureau has not rigorously evaluated experiments, and, in many cases, used its authority primarily to provide regulatory relief to select institutions.

College endowments rebound after dismal return a year earlier
Washington Post
A thriving stock market bolstered investment returns for university endowments in fiscal 2017, reversing a precipitous decline from the prior year, according to a report released Thursday by the Commonfund Institute and National Association of College and University Business Officers.


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