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 RSS Blackboard Trend Report: 6/15/2018

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    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.

    States Struggle to Close Degree-Attainment Gaps
    Inside Higher Ed
    Most states have set goals for the proportion of their residents that should have a college degree or certificate in the next few years. But many of those states will not reach those goals if they don’t close gaps between black and white and Latino and white adult students, according to a set of reports released today by the Education Trust.

    What Do Online Students Want? 3 Findings From a New Survey Offer Some Clues
    Chronicle of Higher Education
    What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled.

    Seeking Votes on PROSPER, GOP Appears to Come Up Short
    Inside Higher Ed
    House leaders were mum on plans for the PROSPER Act after reportedly taking the temperature on members’ support for the bill earlier this week. College groups, student organizations and veterans’ representatives meanwhile renewed pressure on lawmakers to withhold support for the GOP plan to overhaul the Higher Education Act.

    Report: Colleges to survive through hybrid experience
    Education Dive
    …A new report about how higher education will look in 2040 predicts a blended experience for students where they take courses in the classroom and online for customized engagements in an environment that prioritizes flexibility — and perhaps even enlists them to “subscribe” to its offerings and its support throughout their lives.

    Under DeVos, a Smaller Department of Education
    Inside Higher Ed
    …Between the start of the Trump administration and April of this year, the department has shed more than 550 workers and reduced its overall size by 13 percent, an Inside Higher Ed analysis of recent employee data found. Those staff losses have occurred as DeVos is in the midst of a spree of deregulation, which requires heavy staff hours to review and negotiate new rules. And the agency has made do with fewer civil rights workers even as it says it’s looking to reduce a large backlog of federal complaints.

    Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?
    Washington Post
    …With the pressure on colleges to retain more students and get them to graduation, campuses are spending an increasing share of their budgets on student-success efforts. They are installing technology that constantly tracks performance, hiring professional advising staffs to assist in course selection and designing opportunities on and off campus to better engage students in their undergraduate careers. Now, there is a greater sense of urgency to these activities.

    Education Dept. Report Says No to a For-Profit Accreditor — But It Might Not Matter
    Chronicle of Higher Education
    For the second time in less than two years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education have recommended against approving a controversial accrediting agency that primarily oversees for-profit colleges. But their finding may have little effect on the accreditor’s future.

    At One College, 23% of New Students Will Be International
    Inside Higher Ed
    …Franklin & Marshall College is on track to have 23 percent of its new students this fall hail from outside the United States. That’s up from 15 percent of those who enrolled in fall 2017, which is by itself a larger share than one would find at many other nearby liberal arts colleges — last fall’s freshman class at Lafayette College was 8 percent international, and at Bucknell University, the figure was 6 percent.

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