Blackboard Trend Report: 4/6/2018

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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.

With Changing Students & Times, Colleges Are Going Back to School
New York Times
Many colleges and universities are facing a gloomy picture, painted by polls, politics and population shifts that are forcing an overhaul of campuses across the country.

More Aid for Student Parents
Inside Higher Ed
…The omnibus spending package passed last month reversed that, marking the first new federal investment in student parents since Congress authorized the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program (CCAMPIS) in 1998. The spending increase — from $15 million to $50 million — was among a slate of new funding for college access and student aid programs. But advocates for the program, who have pushed for boosting CCAMPIS for years, hope the new funding is a signal that Congress is taking seriously the challenges faced by students who care for children while they pursue a degree.

Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges
New York Times
…Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. And for many, that remains their central mission. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families like the Shahverdians face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for their children’s quality education.

Relevance & Perceptions of Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
People are much more likely to have positive perceptions about the value and quality of their college experience when they feel their college courses are relevant to their work and daily lives, according to the results of a survey conducted by Strada Education Network and Gallup.

Report: Instructional Design Support Helps Increase Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses
Campus Technology
When instructional designers are involved in online course design, student-to-student interaction goes up, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. The survey compared reported student interaction levels at institutions where instructional design support is required for online course development vs. those where such support is absent or optional. Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents perceived interactivity to be significantly higher for the former.

States Take a Look at Online Learning Prices
Inside Higher Ed
Debate over the actual cost and value of online education continues to polarize participants. Meanwhile, state legislatures are looking for ways to cut costs for students.

Purdue Online Program Begins After Criticism
Associated Press
Purdue University has launched its rebranded version of online-based Kaplan University after criticism over the program’s quality. Purdue Global’s website launched Monday. Purdue officially acquired the for-profit Kaplan last month to expand its online education offerings.