Blackboard Trend Report: 6/8/2018


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.

Private Colleges Give Ground on Student Data
Inside Higher Ed
Proponents for better data on whether and how college pays off for students saw a victory, if a small one, Thursday as the primary lobbying group for private nonprofit colleges inched closer to backing a new federal system that would give important information to students and policy makers.

Technology May Not Stop a School Shooting From Happening, but It Can Still Help
As districts grapple with how best to protect students and staff in an age of lockdowns, many are looking to advanced communications and facial recognition systems.

The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult
New York Times
…In the United States, 16 million to 54 million workers may need to switch occupational group by 2030, and they will need to learn new skills or increase their level of education in order to find work, according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute Report.

Apple’s New Focus: Student ID Cards
Inside Higher Ed
Using Near-Field Communications technology, students will be able to access a multitude of services on campus just by waving their phone or watch near compatible readers.

An Update of the Federal Law Governing Higher Ed Appears Dead. Now There’s a Fight Over Who Killed It.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Could it be that the last chance for this Congress to draft a new Higher Education Act just died because two United States senators can’t resolve a middle-school-style disagreement over who owed whom a call back?

What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?
New York Times
We asked participants at The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum to tell us, in their own words.

Defining the Undefinable
Inside Higher Ed
The term “digital learning” seems to be taking hold as a catchall for innovative techniques influenced by digital tools. Will the term last or grow outdated?

For-Profit Free Fall Continues, U.S. Data Show
Inside Higher Ed
The number of career colleges and the number of credentials they award have dropped by roughly 20 percent in the last four years, new data from the U.S. Education Department show.

‘Non-Traditional’ Presidencies More Common Than Data Shows
Education Dive
A new analysis of presidential pathways conducted by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, reports that only 54% of college presidents from a sample of 215 career profiles came from tenure or tenure-track positions prior to their hiring.