Blackboard Trend Report: 3/23/2018


Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of some of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

Congress’s Budget for Higher Ed, by the Numbers
Inside Higher Ed
Congressional negotiators late Wednesday reached an agreement on a bill to fund the government through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, which began in October. In general the bill increases spending for most programs important to higher education, in many cases significantly so.

How Should Colleges Approach Student Success When Different Definitions Abound?
At the most recent convening of Achieving the Dream, a non-profit focused on community college student success, president and CEO Karen Stout asked eight of the organization’s student scholars what completion means to them. Completion. It’s a word that’s used a lot when people discuss student success, Stout says. And students view the word in a different way than administrators.

Online Can Unite Students—or Divide Them
Inside Higher Ed
One of the oft-asserted advantages of online education is that it can be an equalizer, emboldening less confident students who might stay on the sidelines of face-to-face discussions by limiting the possibility of in-person embarrassment. But are online environments really more welcoming? What might program and course designers do to ensure that digital courses don’t isolate students from their peers and instructors?

Congress Rejects Much of Betsy Devos’s Agenda in Spending Bill
Washington Post
Congress dealt a blow to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s school choice agenda in a tentative spending bill released late Wednesday, rejecting her attempt to spend more than $1 billion promoting choice-friendly policies and private school vouchers.

UC Berkeley Rolls Out Tech for Accessible Course Content
Campus Technology
Following a semester-long pilot of Blackboard’s Ally solution for accessible course content, the University of California, Berkeley is expanding its use of the technology across campus.

Connecting Data Silos in Higher Ed
University Business
Data lives up to its full potential when it’s shared and used across campus.

Online, Cheap—and Elite
Inside Higher Ed
An analysis of Georgia Tech’s MOOC-inspired online master’s degree in computer science suggests that elite institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale. But will other institutions follow suit?