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.

The financial forecast for colleges is gloomy. How can they weather the storm?
Washington Post
As another academic year winds down on campuses nationwide, the news about the financial underpinning of colleges and universities keeps getting worse. Two studies out in the past week show that key revenue sources at public and private universities continue to shrink without any immediate signs of slowing.

Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support
Campus Technology
The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a new report. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half (51 percent) are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so.

When Learning Analytics Violate Student Privacy
Campus Technology
The rise of analytics in higher education raises questions about the responsible use of student data. Here are some of the issues and how institutions are dealing with them.

Study: Virtual schools are gaining momentum, but performance lags
EdScoop
Enrollment in virtual schools around the country is increasing, but new models must be created in order to better serve students as performance levels lag behind those of traditional schools, according to a new report from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), a nonprofit research center located in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

How one college predicts those at risk of dropping out
CBS News
How do colleges predict which students might drop out? The largest university in America has found an answer in big data.

Why Competency-Based Education Stalled (But Isn’t Finished)
EdSurge
It’s safe to say that competency-based education hasn’t caught on as widely as its promoters hoped, and these days you rarely hear much about it. In part that’s because some serious questions have been raised about the model.

Are Etextbooks Affordable Now?
Inside Higher Ed
New print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of etextbooks is falling fast, according to data from etextbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers.

Why Are States Spending Less on Higher-Ed? Medicaid and Lazy Rivers Could Be to Blame
Chronicle of Higher Education
Three decades of spending cuts by states have left public colleges with nearly 25 percent declines in state funding per student. What happened to the money that could have been invested in higher education during that time? Most of it went to Medicaid, according to a new study.

Why Part-Time Success Matters
Inside Higher Ed
A new report from EAB shows that part-time student success in community colleges is key to closing achievement gaps for minority students.

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