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.

Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short
College advisors and education leaders gathered in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss how to get more nontraditional students—such as full- and part-time workers, parents and other underrepresented groups—to and through college. But even in presentations about the latest advising technologies, a through-line for the event was how to frame student success initiatives beyond surface-level enrollment and retention metrics.

Tuition-Free, With Strings
Inside Higher Ed
For years, many states — believing that a postsecondary credential is a necessity to succeed in the economy — have moved toward making the first two years of college tuition free. But a growing number are attaching requirements and conditions to tuition-free plans that worry advocates for low-income students. Minimum grade point average requirements are common. And several free-college programs now mandate that students major in certain subjects, take drug tests or enroll full-time to be eligible.

Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility
Inside Higher Ed
…Confidence in the accessibility of online courses at community colleges has fallen dramatically in the last decade, a survey from the Instructional Technology Council reveals.

Independent Students as the New Majority
Inside Higher Ed
Many studies have shown that traditional-age, residential college students are no longer the norm in higher education. A study being released today builds on that by arguing that independent students (those without parental support) are the new majority.

Support from principals key to classroom success with tech, other initiatives
Education Dive
According to a MDR EdNET insight report, while 90% of principals surveyed believe in technology’s power to improve student learning, only 67% feel their school tech infrastructure is strong, and just 45% feel teachers are using tech effectively.

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