Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

DeVos and Team Put Own Stamp on Oversight
Inside Higher Ed
In a news release announcing the hiring of several key employees at the Office of Federal Student Aid, which is responsible for administering financial aid programs, DeVos and the department outlined — with few details — a new oversight approach focused on risk management and communication with top officials at institutions themselves. That message was attacked by advocates for strong enforcement who said it promised more cooperation with bad actors.

Schools Still Struggle with Data Interoperability
T.H.E. Journal
A recent survey among members of the League of Innovative Schools found that while every participating district had dedicated staff for managing data, their maturity in data integration was all over the map. Only a third of respondents (33 percent), for example, report that more than half of their teaching and learning tools are linked with their student information systems.

How do political tremors affect international higher ed?
Education Dive
Rising political volatility and resurgence of nationalism in the United States and many countries throughout the world has impacted several industries. Higher education is no exception — and, with some accompanying new challenges, writes Sir John Daniel, an education master at DeTao Masters Academy in China, in a new policy brief released yesterday by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Trump administration selects former DeVry official to lead college enforcement unit
The Trump administration has tapped a former for-profit college official to lead the Education Department unit that polices fraud in higher education. Julian Schmoke Jr., who previously directed campus operations at West Georgia Technical College and served as a dean at DeVry University, will be the department’s new chief enforcement officer, according to an internal email obtained by POLITICO.

ISTE offers ‘five tech trends to watch’ during new school year
With many schools back in session or due to start soon, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released a list of five emerging tech trends for educators to watch this year.

More Americans Give Top Grades to Public Schools
Education Week
Americans’ support for public schools has risen in the last year—across the country and across the political spectrum—but the public also wants schools to go beyond academics to provide more career and student health supports, according to the 49th annual education poll by Phi Delta Kappa International.

Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago
New York Times
Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to a New York Times analysis.

Most Americans say K-12 schools have a lot of responsibility in workforce preparation
Pew Research Center
As millions of U.S. students start school, and economists and educators grapple with how best to prepare workers for jobs in today’s economy, there is evidence that a majority of Americans look to elementary and secondary schools to provide the building blocks people need for a successful career.

How can colleges amend unsustainable business models?
Education Dive
A new report surveys higher education stakeholders about the future of the industry, with many agreeing that the current business model may be “unsustainable.” The consensus reflects the reality of dwindling public support, rising tuition rates and reduced public funding — at the same time schools must figure out how to balance technological advancement with traditional values to stay relevant.

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