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.

Congress Plans to Bolster Technical Training. But First: Safeguards
Wall Street Journal
A bipartisan push to bolster short-term training and certificate programs has prompted a debate in Congress over how to ensure it doesn’t spawn a proliferation of shoddy programs or steer minorities into lower-paying fields.

International Grad Students’ Interest in American Higher Ed Marks First Decline in 14 Years
Chronicle of Higher Education
For the first time in more than a decade, applications and enrollments by international graduate students at American colleges and universities declined in 2016-17, a new study has found. The study, conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools, suggests a continued softening of interest in American institutions among foreign grad students, an ebbing that was noted a year ago.

EDUCAUSE Top IT Issues for 2018 Focus on Remaking Higher Education
Press Release
EDUCAUSE, higher education’s largest technology association, released today the 2018 Top 10 IT Issues outlining the most critical areas where higher education institutions, leaders, and IT organizations must focus to advance their intitution’s strategic priorities.

Moody’s warns that lackluster state support will strain public university budgets
Washington Post
Paltry state investment in higher education could strain the budgets of public colleges and universities this year, with small schools bearing the brunt, Moody’s Investors Service said Monday. In a note to investors, the credit rating agency said marginal increases in state funding are a “credit negative” for public colleges and universities, meaning the limited financial support could be a factor in future ratings.

Is Amazon dipping into higher ed?
Education Dive
…While it’s unclear whether Amazon is going to dive into higher education services, ed tech observer Louis Soares, vice president for policy research and strategy at the American Council on Education, noted that Amazon constantly experiments with new technology and educational learning platforms for its employees that fit into the company’s innovation framework.

Reshuffling the Deck at the Department
Inside Higher Ed
The Education Department on Wednesday announced a reshuffling of key employees involved in federal higher education policy making.

Alexander White Paper Lays Out Framework for Higher Ed Accountability
Inside Higher Ed
Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate education committee, released a white paper Thursday suggesting that current federal accountability measures for higher ed institutions are inadequate or simply unfair.

3 Million Americans Live in Higher Education Deserts
Inside Higher Ed
Roughly three million Americans live more than 25 miles from a broad-access public college and do not have the sort of high-speed internet connection necessary for online college programs, according to a new report from the Urban Institute’s education policy program.

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