Blackboard Trend Report: 4/27/2018


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.

What Community College Leaders Think on Enrollment, Completion, Presidential Pipeline & More
Inside Higher Ed
Enrollment concerns and finances remain the biggest challenges community college presidents say they face. And those challenges have two-year college leaders not only concerned for their students and institutions but worried about the future of the community college presidency as the sector faces increasing pressures to improve work-force outcomes and completion, according to Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 Survey of Community College Presidents.

Improving Accessibility Often Falls to Faculty. Here’s What They Can Do.
Time, staffing, and training on how, exactly, to make course materials compliant were some of the top barriers a group of faculty listed at a session on online learning accessibility last week at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate conference. Chief among those barriers? Simply, awareness.

Does High-Impact Learning Help Students Graduate?
Education Dive
“High-impact” learning practices (HIP) were once regarded as the keys to revitalizing higher education for its growing and diversifying student populations. But a new study suggests learning modules built around intensive writing training, service learning, community and group approaches to coursework and other methods may not be as intrinsic to improving student completion as they were once believed to be.

Accreditors Urged to Push Harder on Outcomes
Inside Higher Ed
After being criticized by policy makers and others for not doing enough to crack down on poorly performing colleges, the nation’s regional accreditors in February began a project to learn more about graduation metrics and how to prod colleges to improve them. But a report on the project, which the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) released in February, stopped short of recommending harsh sanctions based solely on low graduation rates — setting so-called bright lines.

For Small, Private Liberal Arts Colleges, What’s the Drive to Go Online?
When financials are steady and a college doesn’t have a desire to expand its reach beyond a physical campus, is online learning necessary—or even relevant? That was a question posed last week by Janet Russell, director of academic technology for Carleton College, at a session at the Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate conference.

Online Students Don’t Have to Work Solo
Inside Higher Ed
Group projects might seem more daunting in an online format, but instructors say they’ve found ways to foster collaboration and avoid logistical roadblocks.