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.
Trump Wants to Drastically Alter the Education Dept. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Chronicle of Higher Education
A U.S. Department of Education and the Workforce? That’s what the Trump administration envisions in its new 132-page framework for merging the Education and Labor Departments, as part of a broader overhaul of the federal government.
ISTE announces new edtech evaluation platform for educators
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will soon offer educators a platform to rate and share their experiences with a slew of edtech products on the market. The community-driven review platform, dubbed the “EdTech Advisor” and announced on Wednesday, will enable educators to communicate their common experiences with over 5,000 different edtech products, according to a statement.
No Bottom Yet in 2-Year College Enrollments
Inside Higher Ed
Community colleges are used to declining enrollments when the economy is strong and unemployment is low. But some researchers are warning colleges that future declines are only expected to get worse amid cuts in state funding and more pressure on institutions to produce measurable outcomes.
Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face
In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it.
Higher ed must get smarter about its relationship to workforce, report says
Colleges and universities need to better adapt to teach the skills needed for burgeoning careers — many of them in technology fields — in order for students to be prepared for the workplace, according to a new report from Pearson and JFF.
Gainful-Employment Disclosures Delayed Again
Inside Higher Ed
The federal government will not require colleges to publicly disclose data about their vocational programs’ graduate employment rates or debt levels — requirements under the Obama-era “gainful-employment” rule — until after U.S. Department of Education can rewrite the regulation.
Group Looks for New Ways to Peer Over the Edtech Horizon
A group of educators trying to get a handle on what’s coming next in technology are working to build a new type of organization to track edtech trends. The effort isn’t backed by any college, major philanthropy or membership organization. Rather it’s a loose group of volunteers with a website and a notion that a digital collaboration might fill a gap and offer new kinds of insights.