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Higher Ed in the Senate Tax Bill
Inside Higher Ed
Tax on wealthy private college endowments is included. Deductions for state and local taxes — viewed as essential by public higher ed — would be killed. Some other provisions of House bill opposed by colleges are not included.

Why Faculty Members Still Aren’t Sure What to Make of Education Technology
Chronicle of Higher Education
Ask faculty members what they think of technology in teaching, and you’ll get a lot of seemingly contradictory opinions. They are skeptical of online learning. But they think technology can make them better teachers. They want more high-tech tools but prefer not to do anything too complicated with them. They want more research on whether technology improves learning but often rely on colleagues when figuring out what to use.

Private universities to surpass their public counterparts in tuition revenue growth
Washington Post
It’s shaping up to be a good year for private universities, as they are projected to eclipse their public counterparts in tuition revenue growth for the first time in more than a decade, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Thursday.

Inside Betsy DeVos’s efforts to shrink the Education Department
Washington Post
The department’s workforce has shrunk under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has said she wants to decrease the federal government’s role in education, including investigations and enforcement of civil rights in schools. In all, the department has shed about 350 workers since December — nearly 8 percent of its staff — including political appointees. With buyouts offered to 255 employees in recent days, DeVos hopes to show even more staff the door.

Educause, Deloitte Report: Information Security Programs Must Be Formalized
Campus Technology
Deloitte and Educause have partnered on a joint report that aims to inform higher education institutions of their responsibilities regarding new federal data protection requirements with deadlines beginning Dec. 31 of this year.

College students today value education less and money more: study
What drives you most can ultimately determine your success. And, according to a paper highlighted by The British Psychology Society, millennials pursuing higher education in the U.S. are more motivated than previous generations by making money.

Swelling College Endowments Tempt Lawmakers Looking for Tax Dollars
New York Times
For years, lawmakers in Washington have made swelling university endowments a focus of the populist backlash against high tuition and the concentration of rich students in elite universities. Now they are harnessing that anger with a proposed tax on private colleges and universities that have the wealthiest endowments.

How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom
New York Times
Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by 2020. An industry has grown up around courting public-school decision makers, and tech companies are using a sophisticated playbook to reach them, The New York Times has found in a review of thousands of pages of Baltimore County school documents and in interviews with dozens of school officials, researchers, teachers, tech executives and parents.

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