Blackboard Trend Report: 3/9/2018


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.

Districts Turn to Social Media, But Parents Prefer Emails, Calls & Texts
Education Week
Parents want schools to communicate with them via email, and that is why schools’ more recent focus on using social media platforms to get their messages out may be misguided. That’s the takeway from new survey findings released Tuesday by nonprofit research group Project Tomorrow and ed-tech company Blackboard Inc.

Confusion Over Distance Education Rules
Inside Higher Ed
Colleges are struggling to prepare for new distance education rules, which are scheduled to take effect in July. Under the new regulations, all higher education institutions that offer classes online must demonstrate that they are authorized to operate in every state where they enroll students who receive federal financial aid. The rules also mean that institutions must make clear their refund policies and procedures for receiving student complaints.

Purdue Gets Final Approval to Buy For-Profit Kaplan
Chronicle of Higher Education
Purdue University’s accrediting agency has approved its acquisition of the for-profit institution Kaplan University, allowing plans to move forward for the launch of the controversial Purdue Global in April.

Global Boom in Private Enrollments
Inside Higher Ed
One in three students globally is enrolled in private higher education institutions, according to research that reveals the huge growth and wide reach of private providers.

Race & Gender Bias in Online Courses
Inside Higher Ed
Many proponents of online education have speculated that the digital learning environment might be a meritocracy, where students are judged not on their race or gender, but on the comments they post. A study being released today by the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, however, finds that bias appears to be strong in online course discussions.

Education Inspector General Raises Concerns Over GOP Higher Ed Plan
Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general is cautioning Congress against provisions in the House Republican higher education bill that would repeal regulations holding colleges and universities accountable for the use of federal student aid.