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.

Which public colleges have the top graduation rates for students in financial need?
Washington Post
…Among 100 major public universities across the country — state flagships and other prominent schools — only 11 report a six-year graduation rate of at least 80 percent for students with enough financial need to qualify for federal Pell Grants.


Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years
Campus Technology
Judging by the outlook of faculty in colleges and universities today, the future is bright for technology in higher education. A full 98 percent of faculty members who took Campus Technology’s second annual Teaching With Technology Survey believe technology will play a positive role in education going forward. That’s a step up from 97 percent who answered the same in 2016.

Spate of Web-Accessibility Suits Filed in New York
Inside Higher Ed
Eight colleges have been sued in federal court in New York in the last two weeks for having websites that, the suits claim, are inaccessible to people with disabilities, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The New, Improved IPEDS
Inside Higher Ed
…Today, the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics unwraps a revision of the IPEDS database that will expand the government’s tools for measuring postsecondary outcomes, especially for the students who, for lack of a better term, are frequently called “nontraditional” (even though they now outnumber the “traditional” 18- to 22-year-olds).

A hiccup in Purdue’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan University
Washington Post
The U.S. Education Department wants Purdue University to absorb the debts and liabilities of Kaplan University as a condition for approving the state school’s controversial purchase of the for-profit college, a request that critics say could place Indiana taxpayers at risk.

How Georgia State Prevents Summer Melt
Inside Higher Ed
Georgia State University has become well-known in recent years for its use of predictive analytics to improve retention rates, in particular among those who might be considered at high risk of not graduating. Now the university is talking about another tech-based innovation — this time one that may result in more students enrolling.

New Data on Course Loads and Persistence
Inside Higher Ed
Small increases in course loads can increase the odds that students will stick with college and eventually graduate, particularly part-time students. That’s the central finding of a new report from Civitas Learning, a student success company with a focus on predictive analytics.

Why Colleges Are Borrowing Billions
The Atlantic
…While public attention has been focused on runaway student loan amounts, colleges and universities themselves are also borrowing heavily — often in the hope of shoring up enrollments, but in many cases leaving them financially weaker, analysts say.

Share This Article

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email