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The resources that are in Academic Performance Indicators pertain to key performance indicators (e.g., graduation rates and retention rates), college engagement, and assessments.  The information focuses on student academic performance and how the institutions can help flourish the students’ academic career.  Colleges and universities assess themselves by using student success from key performance metrics and learning outcomes.

2018 National Freshman Motivation Report (Ruffalo Noel Levitz)

The 2018 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report breaks down the study of seven strategies that motivate entering freshmen in becoming successful at an institution.  The report summarizes the findings of 93,000 students for each strategy and provides recommendations for the institution to implement so there would be a higher student success rate.  These strategies include academic and social engagement, motivation, diversity, academic support, advisors, professional development, and student engagement.

Assessment in Practice, NILOA

Wiggins & McTighe’s Backward Design is based on theoretical research in cognitive psychology and student achievement studies. Within the research-enhanced courses, assignments and instructional activities are designed for students to learn research process which collectively builds students’ competencies. Students are expected to exercise critical thinking in setting problems and conducting an inquiry; demonstrate information literacy in finding, evaluating, and using sources and considering evidence; and communicate effectively in expressing results in both oral and written formats.

Assessment Management Systems

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment provides a list of assessment management systems website and a brief summary of each link.

DEAC Graduation Rate Benchmarks

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) has announced that it will continue to utilize the graduation and program completion rate benchmarks that were established by the Commission in October 2016. By retaining the current benchmarks, DEAC will provide a valuable consistency in metrics, reporting, and assessments.

Higher Education in California

The Public Policy Institute of California addresses in detail several issues that are affecting California’s Higher Education System — these issues include: (1) California’s skill gap; (2) college access; (3) college completion; (4) equity and diversity; (5) investment; and (6) affordability. For each issue, the paper provides possible solutions that can rectify those problems.

Improving College Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at California State University

California State University implemented its first graduation initiative in 2009 to increase the graduation rates with relative success. The goals of the second initiative that launched in 2015 are for each campus to reach the top quartile among comparable colleges within 150% undergraduate program length and to mitigate the graduation gap for underrepresented minority students by half.  Although many of the campuses are on pace to surpass their goals, overall CSU still lags behind other institutions in graduating within 100% program length and the graduation disparity between minorities and their peers.  To improve the graduation rates, some CSU campuses provide remedial classes before the start of the program, increase advising and support services, and reduce bottleneck courses.

Promising Model Boost Retention – Part-Time Students

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston has been giving their students, in particular, part-time students, and the opportunity to enroll in learning communities.  These learning communities provide students with a combination of seminars, advisors and professional experience.  Studies have shown that these learning communities have a positive influence on student retention and achievement.

The 2018 Inside Higher Ed. Survey of Chief Academic Officers

The survey explores the debate on higher education in American society over whether colleges and their students respect the principles of free speech. A majority of provosts at both public and private institutions value civic engagement and inclusiveness. But on civic engagement, those at private institutions appear more confident that they have programs to engage students and that those programs are making a difference. The findings of the survey suggest that provosts are generally confident of the level of inclusiveness in their classrooms, but less so for minority students.

The Extensive Evidence of Co-Requisite Remediation’s Effectiveness

Professor Alexandra W. Logue et al. conducted a randomized controlled study on co-requisite math remediation.  The study shows that students indeed benefit from taking co-requisite remediation courses.

To Tackle Student Cheating, We Need to Reimagine University Assessment

Easy mills are increasingly becoming more of a problem at colleges because they allow students to pay others to write their essays.  To rectify the problem, the one proposed solution is developing authentic assessments which would better evaluate student learning.

Colleges and universities consider many factors when admitting prospective students.  These academic articles and whitepapers detail several factors postsecondary institutions consider when deciding whether or not to admit the students during the admission process.  Furthermore, the academic resources describe several factors that the students themselves consider when applying to college.

An ‘Easy’ SAT and Terrible Scores

Although the June 2018 SAT math portion appears to be easier than previous ones, students are upset that some are receiving lower math scores. Due to the grading curve, it appears that a single missed answer can cause a large change in the overall score.

California High School Grads Increasingly Leave State for College.  Here’s Where They Go.

More California high school graduates are attending out-of-state colleges due to the lack of space at California’s colleges and universities.  Non-California colleges and universities, especially in Arizona and Oregon, are accepting more California students because they pay higher tuition.

For Fate of SAT Writing Test, Watch California

The Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) of the University of California has the authority to eliminate the writing portion of the SAT during the UC admission process.  The board will consider the issue next year based on a “very faculty-driven, evidence-based analysis”.

New Approaches to Judging Quality in Higher Education, Profiles of Emerging Methods Apart from Traditional Accreditation

The whitepaper by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) examines several methods that determine whether colleges are providing adequate benefits for the stakeholders’ interests.  The paper is split into three parts: (1) challenges of the U.S. accreditation system; (2) new approaches for accreditation; and (3) the potential data that are used for quality review.

Race-Based School Criteria Roils Asian-Americans-Again

There has been a discourse about race-based affirmative action among Asian-Americans in regards to school enrollment for the past decades.  Asian-Americans, in particular, Chinese-Americans, have argued that affirmative action has been discriminatory towards them – requiring higher test scores than other minorities and capping the number of school acceptance based on their ethnicities.

Report of the Commission on International Student Recruitment, NACAC

Global engagement will manifest itself in many forms. Moving forward in this new global space will require a set of mapping skills to navigate unfamiliar terrain, skills which are just now developing at most institutions. The Commission finds this statement highly applicable to student recruitment and admission.  The following report offers an extensive description of the critical components of the Commission’s deliberations, and as an attempt to pull together the disparate sets of information that appear relevant to the admission profession, colleges and universities in general, in the future.

Shifting to an Active, Student-Centric Model to Drive Enrollment Growth

According to Lisa Braverman, it appears that colleges are similar to industries, in that, students are treated like a product.  To be a successful university, it must be active and student-centric; unfortunately, only some can make this drastic shift.

Smoking Gun on Anti-Asian Bias at Harvard

The Students for Fair Admissions is suing Harvard for discrimination Asian-American applications for not only considered academics for admission. Studies have shown that Asian-American compared to other minorities with the same economic background are disproportionately not being admitted by Harvard.

The Whitening of Asian Americans

Some Asian American students are suing Harvard University for discrimination arguing that the university is not accepting students solely on academic performance rather using demographics as a metric for acceptance.  A study conducted by Students for Fair Admissions supports some of the claims argued by the group of Asian American students.  On a deeper level, this evokes a sense of Asian Americans aligning their arguments with the other “privileged” group, whites. 

UK Visa Changes ‘Discriminate’ Against Indian Students

India is not one of the 26 countries that are included in the United Kingdom’s list of ‘fast-track’ countries, which eases student visa procedures.  The National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) argues that this policy is discriminatory towards Indians students because it classifies them as “high risk” and are evaluated differently than Chinese students.

Big Data and Analysts give the readers a list of intuitive academic resources that focus on data collecting, cleaning, and analyzing.  The education sector (and others) is moving towards a data-driven culture in which big data and analytics play a big part in the developmental success of the schools.  Some of the works in this category describe using the data as a manner for predictive analytics to help make key decisions.

4 Capabilities for Becoming Information-Driven

Scott Parker goes in-depth the four principals that allow organizations to be information-driven: (1) Incorporating Context; (2) Surfacing Meaning; (3) Self-Learning; and (4) Intuitive Presentation.

Achieving a Successful Application of Data in Population Health Incentives

To effectively produce successful health systems, data must be integrated with local and real-world experiences into actions for patient care.  To become successful with the given data, a team-based culture must be created and decisions must come from local practice-based evidence.

A Needed Shift in Defining Higher Education Value: Using Data to both Create and Prove Value

Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University-Global Campus, argues that qualitative and quantitative data should be a driving force to improve student learning outcomes, experience, and success.  According to Takeda-Tinker, the salaries of CSU-Global alumni have increased and alumni satisfaction is at 95 percent and employer satisfaction is at 98 percent.   At the institution, students, staff, and faculty have input on such issues as curriculum, workplace, work experience, and expertise, and technical and tutor support.  Moreover, the university regularly monitors and evaluates academic programs, learning outcomes, at-risk students and situations, and faculty to ensure that the school’s standards are being met.

Avoiding Icebergs on Higher Ed’s Big Data Seas

Gregory Fowler from Southern New Hampshire University discusses the importance of data in the decision-making process; however, other important factors like teamwork, leadership, and institutional mission to help drive the data and models.  Stakeholders tend to have a narrow view of their own self-interests, but they must be aware of others’ experiences and views to form comprehensive strategies.  For example, he discusses the difficulty of launching new online programs and measuring institutional and program outcomes.  He also describes that big data must not only be accurate but also provide enough data points throughout the students’ experience at the school.

Data-Driven Decision-Making: Leveraging Predictive Analytics More Widely

Mike Scheuermann of Drexel University wants to expand the access to predictive analytics at postsecondary institutions.  He argues that universities should cease to assume that only consulting firms can help with predictive analytics.  Institutions should use in-house resources, like faculty members that may already be well-versed in data science to create and develop predictive analytics.  In the future, as Scheuermann asserts, institutions as a whole, not just in the classroom, can use Predictive Analytics Dashboard Systems for valuable and real-time data.

Data-Planet Opens Up a Universe of Statistics to SAGE

From 2010 to 2012, Data-Planet was distributed by ProQuest and then became a standalone operation for 5 years. In January 2018, it joined with SAGE.  On one site, there are 500 databases and 50 billion data points. 

Eschewing Tradition for the Non-Traditional: Analytics and the Modern University

Peter Smith of the University of Maryland University College explains that big data and analytics have a large impact in higher education, in that, they are imperative to the success of an institution.  Similar to the business sector, postsecondary institutions will contract with other enterprises and vendors for innovation and technology.  Data and predictive analytics will provide students a personal experience will real-time information and the faculty and staff the ability to track transfer students.

From FOCUS to Artificial Intelligence: How Data has changed in Higher Education

Kristen Kennedy of Arizona State University details a brief history of how technology has shaped data at postsecondary institutions.  From using the FOCUS language to the advent of Google to the development of the Higher Education Data Warehouse to the creation of data programs like Microsoft Access to Artificial Intelligence, technology makes collecting information, analyzing data, and making reports more efficient.  Not only have Data become an integral part of any institution, it has also helped influence institutional policy-making.

From Perception to Measured Reality: Leverage Analytics to Improve Clinical & Economic Outcomes

There has been a push by the healthcare industry to use data for predictive and prescriptive analytics.  Using technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, the healthcare industry has been using them to simplify, organize, and automate information in hopes of helping the staff and their patients.  Since 2017, Ecolab has been incorporating multiple data into the cloud to provide the industry with both historical and real-time infection prevention information.

Going Wrong with Data

Although data are very valuable in making decisions, they sometimes come with uncertainty.  According to Greg Chmura, he asserts that although the data may be correct, they are sometimes irrelevant.  For example, data in the government sector can be inaccurate because of data entry error.  Few assumptions are made when working on unstructured data and these assumptions are sometimes end up being correct.  Chmura asserts that another data person can provide guidance with assumptions and predictive analysis.

How Big Data Will Change Our Lives

The infographic describes how Big Data can come from a variety of sources such as the open data, personal data, and the internet.  Furthermore, it presents the amount of data collected and how individuals, such as data analysts, and companies manage them.  Finally, it shows the effects big data will have on consumers from collecting data to the impact on the global economy.

How Colleges are Tackling Affordability – Inside Higher Education

The online journal expresses concerns with college tuition and affordability.  Several writers each write an article explaining a different aspect of the high cost at colleges and how to tackle those financial issues.  These issues range from tuition to student debt, with each writer elaborating on the negative effects they have on students.

How to Make Big Data Digestible

For universities and colleges to establish a data-driven culture they must have leaders who encourage and demand the expansion of data sharing and access.  Furthermore, leadership must create a governance that allows for dialogue and decision-making.

How to Overcome Obstacles and Make Data Part of the Institutional Decision-Making Fabric

Ben Sowter of QS Quacquarelli Symonds explains the roadblocks that are preventing colleges from becoming more data-driven.  He explains that a lack of leadership and resistance to change make it more difficult for institutions to make data a vital aspect at these colleges.  For institutions to become a data-driven decision making culture, the management process must include leaders protecting the institution’s identity, giving the leaders more freedom, and overcoming cultural bias.  By collecting and processing more data, institutions can use these data to design more engaging and inspiring programs and student experiences

Improving Data Collection, Analysis and Access Key to Supporting Student Success

Melissa Irvin, from the University of South Florida, explains that data collection and analysis are important for supporting student success, especially at universities that have limited resources.

Institution’s Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success

The whitepaper describes how the collaboration among institutional research, information technology, and student services plays an important role in data-informed strategies.  In particular, the paper discusses the myriad of challenges and opportunities that come from this collaboration.

Learning Analytics: Coming Out from Behind the Curtains

The newest trend in the last couple of years has been for students to achieve success in learning analytics.  Data analysis is helping students to pass their majors by letting them know beforehand about their future courses. Few issues have emerged, however, regarding collecting and storing students’ data.  Learning analytics has helped to develop an agenda for the proper utilization of data and technology at colleges and universities.

Metrics that Matter

In postsecondary institutions, metrics like selectivity and the number of applications are often misleading.  For example, Meredith Twombly at Hampshire College believes the application numbers don’t show the whole picture.  It doesn’t detail the reasons for the increase or decrease of applications, as she points out, Hampshire College has added two new essays to its application which has decreased the numbers, but it has increased the self-selection. Furthermore, selectivity is a highly regarded metric because it indicates whether an application is accepted to a highly selective college, but sometimes, as Twombly argues, the institution can control the space and the ability to “shape” the incoming group of students which manipulates those numbers.  She believes that the most telling metric is yield because it shows the importance of the admission process.

More Data on Non-Traditional Students is Needed, but We’re on the Right Track

The US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has generally been using measures that mainly track traditional students which leaves out many non-traditional students.  Recently, however, the NCES will report more in-depth information such as part-time, first-time and non-first-time undergraduates who started in the fall.  Furthermore, the data will also include information on tuition, finances, courses, and employment.  Although the NCES is striving towards becoming more inclusive and detailed in its reports, measures such as students who do not begin enrollment in the Fall are still absent from the data.

New Tool for Open-Access Research

Lindsay McKenzie a brief explanation for getting the Research, an open resource with over 20 million scholarly articles.

Private Colleges Give Ground on Student Data

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) supports the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act which expands some student data to be collected by the federal government.  Public universities prefer the College Transparency Act (which is more inclusive than the SRKBYG Act), which allows collecting individual student-level data for outcomes because it provides a more comprehensive student data; however, the NAICU asserts that it infringes on student privacy.  Although private colleges do no completely support the CTA, they are gradually shifting towards expanding collecting student data.

Project Launched to Improve Web Archiving Worldwide

Virginia Tech University received a $248,450 grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services to transform its internet search tools and expand the access for archiving the web.

Push for Unit Records Revived

On Capitol Hill, there is a debate on whether the federal government should be collecting student data.  Public universities and a group of Senators want to end the ban on collecting data.  They also want the information to be more inclusive and transparent – giving more information to the public.  On the other side of the debate, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) are against collecting student-level data citing privacy concerns and the misuse of information.

The Evolution of Analytics: Agile, Actionable, and Accurate

The paper discusses business and analytical software and programs that are valuable for developing and honing data analytical skills.  In particular, the paper thoroughly examines Colibra, MariaDB, and Cloudera – three data-driven programs that are pertinent for success in data analytics.

Visualization and the Three V’s:  Managing and Leveraging Data in Enrollment Management

The three V’s of Big Data – Volume, Variety, and Velocity can hinder enrollment managers in managing and processing data due to the overwhelming amount of data.  According to Christina Trombley of Drake University, with the three V’s, the data must be organized so that they can be easily viewed to be helpful in finding trends.  Trombley asserts that enrollment managers must work with faculty and staff, especially with institutional research, to collect and analyze the student data to identify trends and find solutions.  Furthermore, dashboards are a necessary tool in aiding in decision-making and keeping the information close to the enrollment managers.

Demographics play a key role in the life of a college student.  Whether it is the students’ ethnic background, political ideals, or financial background, demographics influence the students on multiple levels.  The academic resources in this category describe the many roles demographics play in the life of the individual and how it not only affects their academics but also plays a role outside of school.

Does Online Higher Education Reduce Inequality? Exploring the Geography of the Market

NRCCUA and Strada Education network provide a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the growth of online education programs in the United States.  According to their findings, growth rates are depended on demographics and regions.

Education Attainment in the United States 2015

This report provides a portrait of educational attainment in the United States based on data collected from the Current Population Survey. The report examines educational attainment of the adult population by demographic and social characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status, as well as differences in educational attainment between the native and the foreign-born.

Global Wealth 2018:  Seizing the Analytics Advantage

In its annual report, The Boston Consulting Group reflects on the global market-sizing and wealth manager benchmark and the rise of data and advanced analytics.  In particular, the report focuses on the challenges of wealth managers of sustaining a top-line margin by and their myriads of analytical tools.

Most Americans say Higher Ed is Heading in Wrong Direction, but Partisans Disagree on Why

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, most young American adults have negative views of higher education. Among Democrats, their negative views are based on high tuition costs whereas the negative views of higher education for Republicans stem from professors bringing their own social and political views to the class.

Piketty’s Inequality Story in Six Charts

John Cassidy explains six charts developed by French economist Thomas Piketty that pertain to wealth and income distribution.

San Diego Universities Brace for Hyper-Connected Generation Z

Universities located in San Diego are preparing for the first wave of students from Generation Z.  The students from Generation Z have been molded by smartphones, the Internet and social media – which might change the manner in which these universities market their schools to these students.

The Higher Education Landscape is Changing Fast

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics indicates that more people in the world are attending higher education institutions.  The numbers are increasing at various rates, but Asia is forecasted to have the highest volume of college enrollments by 2040.

Want a More Innovative Company? Simple: Hire a More Diverse Workforce

The articles discuss a study that shows more diverse companies tend to be more innovative.  The article provides a brief summary of the study and explains the reasons why diverse companies lead to more innovation.

This section provides external sources from the internet that Westcliff University finds informative and easy to grasp.  Each link transports the user to a website that provides a database on different topics such as academia, government, and business.  The given information on these websites ranges from blogs and articles to Podcasts and datasets.

100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management

KMWorld provides a list of 100 companies that demonstrate functionality, success, and creativity and innovation in knowledge management.  KMWorld provides a website link with a terse description for each company.


Developed by Deloitte and Datawheel, Data USA puts extensive public data on a single platform.  It provides crucial information on business, education and economic sectors that can be used by students, executives and others for their own analytical purposes.  Stories about places and industries are also provided by the platform to give a human side of the data.

Ed Data – Education Data Partnership

Ed Data – Education Data Partnership provides an open source for local, state, and federal school data.

Get the Research

An open data source that provides 20 million free scholarly papers.

Innovative Educators

Innovative Educators is a free resource that provides links to school-based articles on such topics as (1) Campus Safety & Security; (2) Student Success; (3) Institutional Effectiveness; (4) Student Populations; (5) Teaching & Learning; and (6) Technology & Online Learning.

Player FM – Higher Education Podcasts

The link is from Player FM, a source for higher education podcasts.

The Edvocate – Diversity Articles and Blogs

The link provides articles and blogs from the Edvocate on the topic of diversity.

The Edvocate – Top Education Blogs

The Edvocate is an organization that wants to see a radical change in the current education system by giving education-based policy information to the public.  The Edvocate provides a list of the best education blogs.

Financial planning and funds are critical for any postsecondary institution.  Finances play an important role in the development of not only the institution but also the students’ academic careers.  The provided information in this section gives the readers a source of information that deals with the topic of finances in higher education for both the students and colleges.

Evaluating State Funding Effort for Higher Education

The key findings from the Midwestern Higher Education Compact policy brief include: (1) State appropriations matter; (2) State funding has declined for higher education; and (3) Political factors and budget play significant roles for higher education support.

Financial Fix

The paper discusses the important roles and tasks performed by leading chief financial and chief business officers.  For financial leaders, five features that are shared among financial functions are: (1) an expanded leadership role; (2) the right team; (3) integrated, data-informed planning; (4) embedded accountability; and (5) seamless execution through education and communication.

Financial Outlook: 2018 Report for Higher Education

Kaufman Hall surveyed senior financial professionals of colleges and universities on the current environment, tools and plans, and financial state of their institutions. Based on the findings, Kaufman Hall finds that (1) a majority of the participants believe more data would lead to better financial decisions; (2) colleges and universities are behind other industries in financial planning and tools; and (3) other various findings.

Improving Your Budgeting Cycle:  Introducing Efficiencies into Your Process

Colleges and universities must budget their finances during the financial and analysis processes.  Kaufman Hall discovers that to reduce budget cycle time, institutions can (1) consolidate data; (2) automate processes; (3) optimize resources, and (4) incorporate baseline.

Keeping Online Courses Fresh: Valuable, but Costly

The online course platform is an on-going process that requires updates and improvements.  Due to the frequent changes in technology, courses, and deficiencies, the cost of maintaining these online courses rise at a high rate.

Pell Grants

The data provided by Public Insight indicate that there was a 3.7% Quarterly decline in Pell Grant disbursements in December 2017.

Private Student Loan Report

MeasureOne provides straightforward private student loan reports detailing performance activities and trends. The data-driven performance reports on key performance and portfolio metrics.

The $1.5 Trillion Student Debt Bubble is About to Pop

Over 40 million Americans owe 1.5 trillion in student debt with women taking on most of that debt.  Instead of the student debt decreasing, the number of student debtors and student loans is increasing at an exponential rate.

The Transfer Maze

A strong transfer system is crucial not just for employers who need educated workers, but also for students seeking a clear and affordable path to earning a bachelor’s degree as their best bet toward reaching the middle class and experiencing upward economic mobility in this economy. California needs to increase degrees among its diverse population. Only 12% of Latinos ages 25 years and older hold bachelor degrees or higher, even though they represent approximately 31% of the state’s 25-years-and-older population. California needs to increase degrees among its diverse population.

The US University Model May Not be Sustainable

The current US university model might not be stable due to the decline of high school graduates and the rise in tuition – making it difficult for families to afford college.

Unprepared Graduates are Raising our Costs, Say Employers

In Kenya, college graduates are causing a financial burden on businesses because many of those students are unprepared for the corporate world after graduation.  Due to the problem, the government is implementing new policies that would make institutions defend their staff and programs and focus on technical and vocational education.

Academic articles and journals pertaining to student and postsecondary global movements and shifts are in this section.  Global trends are influenced by different factors and actors on many levels (e.g., global, national, and individual levels). The interconnectivity of the multiple levels in the global arena impacts the students in either a positive or negative manner.

Can We Measure Education Quality in Global Rankings?

Organizations that conduct global university rankings such as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education (THE) are in the process of measuring teaching-learning as part of their ranking criteria.

Lies, Damned Lies and Rankings

Moshe Porat, Dean of the business school at Temple University, was asked to resign from his post due to having a hand in falsifying data of its online M.B.A. program for rankings purposes.  This particular case (and others) raises the growing issue of higher learning institutions focusing on rankings.

Redden, Elizabeth, Rapid Growth in Foreign Student Work Program Higher Education

There is a rise in international students attending American colleges studying STEM and participating in OPT.  The popularity of STEM, as indicated by Elizabeth Redden, stems from giving foreign students the chance to work for three years after graduation in OPT; however, some have argued that these students have an unfair advantage over domestic students because F-1 students and their employers do not pay Medicare and Social Security taxes.  According to Pew Research, Center majority of these STEM F-1 students come from Asia, in particular, China and India.

Report:  Saudi Scholarship Programme to Sharpen Focus on Top Universities

The Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP) has helped send thousands of Saudi students to study abroad since its inception in 2005.  Due to the US$100 billion deficit in 2015 and other factors, the Saudi government has been cutting its spending and making its scholarship more restrictive to become eligible – only funding those who are going to the top schools in the world are eligible for funding.

Saudi Arabia’s Expanding Higher Education Capacity

Due to increasing Saudi Arabia’s college-aged population and demand for labor, Saudi Arabia requires more available spots at the universities.  To help solve the increasing demands for labor and higher education, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has developed the Vision 2030 strategy that would increase funding for innovation, research, and development.

Shift Tides: Understanding International Student Yield for Fall 2017

International students contribute greatly to their host campuses across the nation, academically as well as financially. Some institutions may be feeling the pinch as they try to diversify their international student population while others see no change in enthusiasm among incoming students. A number of survey respondents indicated they were bracing for a large drop that never came and feels optimistic, while some institutions are discouraged by fewer deposits and more students withdrawing their applications before a decision is even reached.

Students of Tomorrow: Global Trends Driving Demand for Education

With populations aging, the pool of potential students is dwindling. Despite this, enrolment in tertiary education is rising, a trend regarded by many as crucial for a competitive global jobs market. Rising parental incomes, growth in demand for overseas courses and an increase in adult learning are all helping to drive global demand.

The Emerging Middle Class in Developing Countries

The world economy is trending towards Asia having more middle class in proportion to the global population.  Homi Kharas defines the global middle class as “those households with daily expenditures between USD10 and USD100 per person in purchasing power parity terms”.  The middle class in Asia will almost double from 2010 to 2020.  In particular, the middle class in China and India have increased in part due to high population, technology, investment, and trade.

Universities and Our Digital Future in a Divided World

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on June 24-26.  The participants at the conference will discuss geopolitical changes (e.g., multinationalism) and the balance of power in research.

Universities Look South to Recruit International Students

US colleges and universities have seen a drop in international student enrollment mainly due to growing competition with other countries – some international universities offer free tuition or non-international student fees.  To improve the number of international students, like those from Latin America and the Caribbean, many US institutions plan to develop partnerships with international universities, increase social media engagement, and/or upgrading marketing technology.

US ELT Numbers Continue Downward Trend

There has been a drop in student enrollment in Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States. According to the data, the decrease of government-sponsored students from Saudi Arabia and Brazil is one of the root causes for the drop.  The US IEPs assert that the reduction of a student in IEPs is caused by international competition, affordability and safety concerns.

World in Data: Global Rise in Education

In today’s times, education is accepted to be a widely fundamental resource in the society. Across the world, there has been a great expansion of educational resources in the last 2 centuries. This stands true both quantitatively and qualitatively. When we look at Global Literacy Evolution, literacy distribution across the globe and how fast are we closing cross-country inequality is simply phenomenal. The biggest proof of gap fulfillment lies in the fact that younger generations are progressively better educated than older generations. If Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reports are to be believed, then income plays a very deep role in Education metrics. Income has a vital impact both on education expenditure as well as academic outcomes.

Many postsecondary institutions are shifting from the traditional educational system towards online-based education.  This gives individuals who are considered non-traditional students an opportunity to attend school and receive an education. Many of the resources in this section come from the Distance Education Accrediting Commision (DEAC) because the commission has been a key factor in the rise of online courses and programs.

Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) First Survey Report

CHLOE focuses on the management of online education as it becomes a mainstream activity in a growing number of U.S. institutions. Many institutions now address online education in their strategic plans, stressing a range of objectives, such as enrollment growth, student completion, and quality enhancement. The budgeting process, however, favors investments with enrollment growth potential. Although online enrollment is still a growth engine in U.S. higher education, the rate of increase is slowing and competition is increasing, as evidenced by plans to substantially expand the number of online programs at a majority of the institutions surveyed.

Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) Second Survey Report

The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) is an ongoing effort to survey chief online officers at U.S. colleges and universities about online learning policies, practices, and plans. CHLOE is a joint initiative of Quality Matters and adventures. Very few institutions see blended learning as a core strategy. This would appear to counter both strong interests among prospective students in blended learning and the conclusion of many studies that a blended approach, rather than fully online or fully campus-based models are more effective.

Competency Based Education Basics: Vital Steps to Consider Before You Jump In Erika Yigzaw

Erika Yigzaw describes Competency-Based Education (CBE) in detail and discusses the benefits of using technology in aiding students.  Technology leads to more sharing and collaboration among students and institutions to further student success. For example, student benefits from technology by having personalized learning, higher earnings, and more personal satisfaction.  Others, including the education sector, business sector, and the country can also benefit from the students learning through these CBE.

Employability Qualities Certification DEAC

The Quality Assurance Commons partnered with Ashworth College in answering the question: “How can we address the serious gaps between higher education and employers?”  Their solution is offering the Essential Employability Qualities Certification (EEQ CERT).  The resource describes the pilot and design process and criteria for certification.  Ashworth College then highlights its successful outcomes in the EEQ CERT Pilot and other programs while being accredited by DEAC.  There are challenges including learning outcomes and course content but an improvement to these issues are being made.

F1 Visa and Enrollment Data (May 2018)

Westcliff University provides empirical data on enrollment trends of F-1 Visa students in Postsecondary Institutions.  The data compares F-1 students with academic levels, enrollment by institutional type, and field.  In particular, the research discusses the increase of F-1 Visa holders in STEM programs in 2016 and 2017, especially those from Asia.

General Data Protective Regulation (GDPR) DEAC

Stan Hess provides a brief explanation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it applies to those that are affected by the policy.  He also breaks down the policy and the personally identifiable information that EU citizens can access.  He believes that those institutions or companies that are affected by the policy should prepare themselves with consent, data breaches, roles and responsibilities, jurisdiction, rights, etc.

Giants MOOCs Succeeding in Enrollment, ROI

There is an increase of institutions and organizations developing and producing massive open online courses (MOOCs), where profits are split among those involved.  Studies on MOOCs have shown that a majority of students in these courses are satisfied.

Guided Pathways DEA

Guided pathways are an alternative approach to the traditional way higher education is taught for non-traditional students.  Guided Pathways explain that students need access and guidance in higher education to become successful students.  The four pillars of guided pathways (Clarify Paths, Enter a Path, Stay on a Path, and Ensure Learning) provide a non-traditional system to help more groups of students, especially non-traditional students, to succeed.  Although guided pathways are beneficial, it is not a one-size-fits-all system that is easy and quick.

Open Education Resources DEAC

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WCET) explained the high cost of higher education and how some students are unable to afford important college materials such as textbooks.  One solution to alleviate the financial burden of students is to have open education resources which provide free learning materials and open textbooks.  It also provides a short list of OER that includes sources from universities and organizations.

Opening New Instructional Sites: Four Best Practices to Support Success

According to the article, three proven approaches that make satellite campuses succeed are (1) Agreements with local colleges; (2) Corporate partnerships; and (3) Community relations.

The Science of Digital Growth: Exploring Best Practices in Online Programming and Innovation

Satellite campuses are important for non-traditional students because traditional educational models are not always an option for them.  To launch successful online programs, according to the article, senior leaders must invest in the programs and the data must be centralized and combined to allow for success.

Translating Non-collegiate Learning and Workplace Training into College Credit Recommendations DEAC

According to The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), there is a wave of adult learners attending college at a later age.  The NCCRS provides online courses, which are accredited by the DEAC, and provides credit recommendations.  Furthermore, the presentation elaborates on the process and evaluation eligibility such as organization and learning experience eligibility.

The STEM/Technology category provides crucial information regarding technology in higher education. Technology plays a very important role in both students and postsecondary institutions.  Many individuals learn the intricacies of technology at colleges and universities — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs provide students the knowledge required for the business sector.  

8 Analytics Trends to Watch in 2018 for the Intelligent Enterprise

Without innovation and a data-driven culture, businesses lose profits and fall behind their competitors. In the report, Microstrategy provides eight trends in an intelligent enterprise that will shape and transform analytics to help companies become more innovative and data-driven.

Abiy’s Fellows – A New Frontier to Advance Excellence

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is developing the Gold Medals Scholarship which allows Ethiopian students to advance in their education.  Fully funded by the government, the scholarship hopes to prepare the next generation of Ethiopian leaders.

A Generation Grows Up in China without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Many internet websites and social media platforms such as Facebook and Google are either banned or censored by the Chinese government.  Although these mediums are heavily censored, studies have shown that a large portion of the Chinese population are indifferent about the censorship or is optimistic about the future of China.

Are Graduates Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

With the increase of start-ups concentrating on artificial intelligence, universities should focus on skills pertaining to AI.  Although AI has its benefits (e.g., increase production, economic growth, etc.), challenges still arise from the technology, such as the fear of job loss and the difficulty of prevention.

Bridging the Gap between Education and Occupation

College and university leaders are responding to the problem of the widening gap between the skills required for success in the modern workforce and those their graduates possess. Business leaders struggling to fill their ranks, students increasingly considering returns on their investments in education, and public policy makers including the U.S. Department of Education are all looking to higher education institutions to align degree programs with the needs of the American labor market.  There are several initiatives being taken by two and four-year schools to support modern student’s career readiness.

Dice Tech Salary Survey, 2018

The Dice salary survey used several methodologies to get a response a) via an email invitation to Dice’s registered database members, b) through a notification on the home page and/or via site intercept invitations within the site to visitors, and c) via banner ads on external sites. The survey clears the air about several interesting topics like the average pay of professionals in 2017 vs. 2016. It also helps one understand different traits that can help get promotion in the corporate world.

E-Content Sourcebook: A Guide to Content and the Digital Experience

E-Content provides an informative journal on the use of innovative technology in business and other sectors.  In this particular issue, E-Content discusses such topics as big data and analytics, social media, artificial intelligence, mobile technology, and digital marketing.

How Colleges Keep Up with the Changing Social Media Landscape

According to the Pew Research, among social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat), Snapchat is the most widely used social media platform among teens.  Furthermore, Facebook has seen a 20 percent decline in usage whereas Instagram has seen a 20 percent usage growth.  Based on the studies conducted by Eduventures and E-Expectations, YouTube is considered the “best channel” and most widely used social media platform for college research.

International STEM Students Are Up for Grabs

International students will soon comprise half of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics Ph.D. graduates by 2020. The proportion of international PhD-level students on temporary visas to study STEM subjects in the United States has doubled over the past thirty years. The United States stands to lose its significant investment in these highly qualified students and their potential contributions to U.S. entrepreneurship and innovation if they have to return to their home countries after completing their degrees or post-doctoral work.

International Students and STEM OPT, NFAP

There may be the elimination of STEM OPT, the primary way the United States allows F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields to work in America after graduation. Dollars always follow the talent, Tech Company CEO’s have long stated. That means companies will increase the resources spent outside the United States since that is where many prized recruits would be located. Since the vast majority of graduate students at U.S. universities in key technology fields are international students, such actions could have a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy, innovation and U.S. workers.

Metaari’s Analysis of the 2017 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns

Metaari, an ethic based quantitative market research firm identifies revenue opportunities for technology suppliers by tracking market in 122 countries. The research is based on products that utilize psychometric, game mechanics, robotics, cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality. The whitepaper involves three legacy learning technology products and seven advanced learning technology product types. A detailed analysis shows how investors between 2015 & 2017 started shifting their interest away from legacy products like Self-paced e-Learning to next-generation technologies like Cognitive Learning, AI-based Learning, Mixed Reality Learning, 5G Mobile Learning, Game-based Learning and even Educational Robots.

SEVIS by the Numbers – International Student Trends

SEVIS by the Numbers is a biannual report that highlights key SEVIS data to illustrate trends, values, and information on international students studying in the United States. SEVP oversees F-1 and M-1 students and their dependents, as well as the schools that enroll them, for compliance with U.S. laws and regulations governing international students studying in the United States. Most F-1 and M-1 students come to the United States to take part in the higher education system. Seventy-six percent of all F-1 and M-1 students enroll in bachelors, masters or doctoral programs certified by SEVP.

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Ed. Origins and Destinations

Colombia, Poland, and Malaysia all possess great potential for sustainable long-term growth in the coming decades according to our country experts. At the same time, recent experience has re-emphasized that relatively rapid growth is not guaranteed for emerging economies, as indicated by recent problems in Russia and Brazil, for example. It requires sustained and effective investment in infrastructure and improving political, economic, legal and social institutions. It also requires remaining open to the free flow of technology, ideas and talented people that are key drivers of economic catch-up growth.

The Importance of International Students to American and Engineering

The increase in both the size and number of graduate programs in science and engineering at U.S. universities indicates U.S. student enrollment has not been held down by the lack of available slots at U.S. graduate schools. Without the ability to perform high-level research at U.S. universities, many talented individuals would not take or seek faculty positions, leaving U.S. schools far weaker and unable to educate U.S. students in important fields. Graduate students also directly support the educational mission for undergraduates by serving as teaching assistants. Their duties include conducting study sessions and grading, which takes some of the burdens off the faculty to focus on teaching.

The State of Cybersecurity Talent

Cyberbit provides a PowerPoint presentation discussing the booming demand for cybersecurity jobs.  Furthermore, the presentation describes the skills required for those positions and the shortage in people with those skills.

The World in 2050. Will the Shift in Global Economic Power Continue?

Maintaining a welcoming policy on international students is essential to preserving America’s role as a center of innovation. A welcoming policy means reasonable visa policies and making it easier for international students to work after graduation, including policies that preserve STEM OPT and improved policies on H-1B visas, per country limits and employment-based green cards. The global competition for international students and talented science and engineers is fierce. The numbers show U.S. policymakers would be wise to welcome international students to America.

Student and Institutional Effectiveness discuss the procedures needed to produce successful institutions and students.  A general theme among the works in this section is the development and importance of the Institutional Research Department and the influence it has throughout the rest of the school.  Furthermore, many of these works discuss how cultural innovation is needed to produce a successful institution.

A New Vision for Institutional Research

The Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research recommends for a model that echoes the observable data-driven decision-making process at higher learning institutions.  The model should emphasize student data which are based on a student-focused perspective.

Assessing and Overcoming the 21st Century Challenges of the Modern-Day Conservatory

Due to the financial struggles of the Mount Royal University Conservatory (Calgary, Alberta) in the past eight years, the leadership has created a strategic plan to increase profits.  The conservatory developed a strategic plan that includes eight pillars: (1) sustainability; (2) Artistic and Pedagogical Excellence; (3) Inclusiveness; (4) Community Profile; (5) Internationalization; (6) Communication; (7) Credential Approval; and (8) Alumni Engagement.

Breaking Out of the Status Quo: Creating a Culture of Innovation in Higher Ed

Colleges and Universities must build a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial efforts to be sustainable for the future.  To succeed, leaders must acknowledge what they’re expressing, modeling and reinforcing.

Career Planning Tools

Student Connections conducted a survey of 1,176 college graduates about their time in college and their preparation for their career.  The study has found that internships and mentorships are the best tools for helping students for a successful post-graduate career.

Creating and Maintaining an Innovative Culture Through Continuing Education

More non-traditional students are enrolling in colleges and universities. The culture at postsecondary institutions must be innovative to satisfy not only traditional students but also the non-traditional ones.

Critical Lessons Higher Ed Innovators Can Learn from Entrepreneurs

To become successful, leaders at colleges and universities can learn from entrepreneurs by being creative and innovative.  Characteristics that entrepreneurs encompass are: (1) Entrepreneurial; (2) Truth-seeker; (3) Customer-centric; (4) Efficient; and (5) World Class.

Defining Institutional Research: Findings from a National Study of IR Work Tasks – A Focus on Senior IR/IE Leaders

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) assesses its findings on the type of roles and to which degree the Institutional Research/Information Extraction members perform at their institutions.

From Status Quo to Status Go: Scaling Innovation in Higher Ed

To be successful, leaders at postsecondary institutions must support their staff and faculty, both financially and emotionally.  In particular, leaders must not deter their staff and faculty from being creative and innovative.

Innovation for Tomorrow, Today

Innovation can help businesses deal with problems in the near future. The article highlights three keys to be more innovate: 1) as how creativity and innovation work 2) how sometimes failure can be important to succeed and 3) when to resign and leave.

Innovation Perseverance: Launching Innovative Ideas into the Main Campus Culture

To have an innovative culture that leads to institutional success, postsecondary institutions must have innovative senior leaders, innovative centers, visible and dedicated support.

Institutional Research Capacity: Foundations of Federal Data Quality

This whitepaper by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) gives recommendations to the Institutional Research Departments for improving their data approaches.  AIR also requests for institutional research data and strategies be aligned with federal and state agencies.

Managing Innovation in Higher Education: Outlining a Few Best Practices

Colleges must be innovative to become successful.  Higher learning institutions can take these steps to help the process: 1. Clarify the Goals and Gaps 2. Build the Strategy 3. Implement a Portfolio Approach.

Overcoming Siloes to Use Data More Strategically

Universities can leverage big student data for predictive analytical purposes to help their students and institutions. Data must be integrated throughout different departments instead of creating siloes to appropriately use the data.

Prerequisites for Launching Competency-Based and Other Innovative Program Models

According to the authors, five essential attributions for postsecondary institutions to be successfully innovative are: (1) Leadership Commitment; (2) Shift in Culture; (3) Faculty-Driven Development and Facilitation (4) Longitudinal Focus; and (5) Student-Centricity.

Putting the Pieces in Place: Launching a Competency-Based Program

For universities to be successful, they must have creative and innovative programs.  Five essential characteristics that make institutions more creative and innovative are: (1) A solid foundation of success (2); A culture of origination; (3) Senior leadership commitment; (4) Flexibility and openness and; (5) Evidence-based approach.

Relevancy: Innovate, Evolve or Perish

The article discusses that a university must provide students with all the essential educational materials and resources during their time at school for them to succeed in the corporate world once they graduate.

Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research

Developed by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the whitepaper discusses the future roles and decision-making of Institutional Research leaders and members.

Strategies to Foster an Innovative Culture

The enrollment at Anderson University has doubled since 2002 due to its commitment to its digital learning initiative — which focuses on giving devices (e.g., IPad) to students.  To be successful, senior leadership administrations must support student success and technological innovation.

The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators (April 2018)

Innovation is key for a postsecondary institution to succeed.  A study was conducted on higher education and innovation by Andrew J. Magda and Jull Buban, Ph.D., and they had several conclusions: (1) colleges and universities do not have universally accepted definition for innovation; (2) innovation is a tool used to solve problems; (3) it is important to have a top-down leadership and administrative balance; and (4) success hinges on collaboration, structural issues, and cultural factors.   

Three Keys to Fostering an Innovative Culture on Your Campus

For institutional leaders to cultivate an innovative culture at their institutions, they must have a (1) Focused mission; (2) Easily conveyed mission; and (3) Permit “safe space” and experimentation.

These additional resources are provided by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). These resources cover a wide range of topics regarding post-secondary institutions that can be found on the internet.  

Case Studies

Georgia State University (Predictive Analytics):

Loma Linda University (Visualization):

New York Times article:

Rio Salado Community College (Learning Analytics):

University of Hawaii – West Oahu (Factbook with data visualization):

University of Nevada at Reno (Predictive Analytics):

University of Texas at Austin (Predictive Analytics) Campus link:

Web Pages & Videos

Analytics Resources (Educause):

Annotated Bibliography – Learning Analytics in HE:

Beyond Retention: Using Targeted Analytics to Improve Student Success (2012). Educause. targeted-analytics-to-improve-student-success

Blending Human Intelligence and Analytics for Student Success (Educause):

CollegeNET. 2017 Social Mobility Index: Opportunity through US Higher Education.

Driving Toward Greater Postsecondary Attainment Using Data: A Tactical Guidebook (Published by Institute of Higher Education Policy – IHEP):

“Use this guidebook to learn more about different data tools that communities use to support students and improve educational outcomes and how you could potentially adopt these tools in your own communities.”

Effective Learning Analytics: Using data and analytics to support students (Jisc) [website]:

Integrated Planning and Advising (Educause):

International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (2011 conference):

Journal of Learning Analytics [open access journal]:

Learning Analytics Community Exchange [YouTube channel]:

Open Learning Analytics: Erik Duval at TEDxUHowest [TEDx Talk]:

Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) [website]:

Student Experience Traffic Lighting – Engagement Analytics [You Tube video]:

Articles, Books & Presentations

American Council on Education (ACE). (2018). Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility. Washington DC. room/Documents/MSIs-as-Engines-of-Upward-Mobility.pdf

Astin, A. W. & Antonio, A. L. (2012). Assessment for Excellence: The Philosophy and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (2nd Ed.). New York: Rowman & Littlefield. [book, $50-$60]

Banta, T., Pike, G. R., & Hansen, M. J. (2009). The use of engagement data in accreditation/planning & assessment. In G. M. Gonyea & G. D. Kuh (Eds.), Using NSSE in Institutional Research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Blaich, C.F. & Wise, K.S. (2011, January). From gathering to using assessment results: Lessons from the Wabash National Study (NILOA Occasional Paper No.8). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. [report]

Gagliardi, J., Parnell, A., & Carpenter-Hubin, J. (2018). The Analytics Revolution in Higher Education. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Herzog, S. & Stanley, J. (2016). A step-by-step introduction to building a student-at-risk prediction model. Presented at the AIR Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Howson, C., Clougherty James, L., Idoine, C., & Beyer, M. (2018). How to Use Data for Good to Impact Society. Gartner Research.

Itzkowitz, Michael. (2018). “Want More Students to Pay Down Their Loans? Help Them Graduate.” Third Way Report, August 8, 2018.

Larusson, Johann Ari, & White, Brandon (Eds.) (2014). Learning Analytics: From Research to Practice. New York: Springer. [book, $149-$189]

Mayer-Schönberger, V., & Cukier, K. (2014). Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. [e-book 60 pages, $2.99]

McMurtrie, Beth. “Georgia State U. Made Its Graduation Rate Jump. How?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2018.

NASFAA. (June 2017). Financial Aid Data Sharing.

Nelson, K. (2016). Creating and publishing interactive dashboards with Excel Power Pivot, Power BI, and Sharepoint Online. Presented at the CAIR Conference, Los Angeles, California.

Posey, J., & Pitter, G. W. (2012). Integrating the functions of institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and information management. AIR Professional File, 126.

Sclater, N., Peasgood, A., & Mullan, J. (2016, April). Learning analytics in higher education: A review of UK and international practice. [report]

Siegel, Eric. “Disarming ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’’, Analytics: Driving Better Business Decisions, n.d.

Siemens, G. (2013). Learning analytics: The emergence of a discipline. American Behavioral Scientist, 57, p. 1380-1400.

Terkla, D. G., et al. (2012). Institutional Dashboards: Navigational Tool for Colleges and Universities, AIR Professional File, 123.

Wermund, Benjamin. “How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus.” Politico, Sept. 13, 2017.

Worthen, Molly. “The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’”, The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2018.

Ethical Practice

Code of practice for learning analytics: Setting out the responsibilities of educational institutions to ensure that learning analytics is carried out responsibly, appropriately and effectively. (2015, June).

Code of practice for learning analytics: A literature review of the ethical and legal issues. (2014,

Cormack, A. N. (2016). A data protection framework for learning analytics. Journal of Learning Analytics, 3(1), 91-106.

Drachsler, H. & Greller, W. (2016, April). Privacy and analytics: it’s a DELICATE issue a checklist for trusted learning analytics. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. Edinburgh, UK.

Federal Trade Commission. (2016, January). Big data: A tool for inclusion or exclusion? Understanding the issues. Washington, DC. Report:

Press release:

O’Neil, C. (2016). Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequity and Threatens Democracy. New York: Random House.

Warner, J. (2016, July). The dangers of predictions in education. Inside Higher Education. predictions-education

Willis, J., Campbell, J., & Pistilli, M. (2013). Ethics, big data, and analytics: A model for application. Educause Review.

Interesting Apps

BigML. Free version for education and small data sets. Brings machine learning to everyone to uncover the hidden predictive power of data with ease. Upload raw data sets.

Power BI. Free version. Import summarized data and generate various visualizations. Option: install the Power BI publisher for Excel add-in.

National News—Tales that Encourage Caution or Inspire

5 Reasons Why University Rankings Are Not Perfect. (2018) StudyPortalsMasters. rankings-are-notperfect.html

8 ways big data and analytics will change sports. (2014) CIO.

Academic ‘Moneyball.’ (2016). Inside Higher Education.

Baker, G., Jankowski, N., Provezis, S., & Kinzie, J. (2012). Using Assessment Results: Promising Practices of Institutions that Do It Well. Retrieved from

Big data 101: Colleges are hoping predictive analytics can fix their dismal graduation rates. (2014). Vox. hoping-predictive-analytics-can-fix-their-graduation-rates

Case studies highlight the use of student-level postsecondary data (2017). eAIR Newsletter, 37(4). Data.aspx

How predictive modeling benefits enrollment managers. (2013). Noel Levitz.

How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn’t call it big data). (2014). Network World.

Logging off, dropping out. (2016) Inside Higher Education. predicting-retention

Overall outcomes of university rankings are ‘junk’. (2017) University World News.

Pinterest Accidentally Congratulates Single Women on Getting Married. (2014). New York Magazine.

The problem with the 2018 U.S. News rankings: Junk in, junk out. (2017) The Washington Post.

When algorithms discriminate. (2015). The New York Times.

Who gets to graduate? (2014). The New York Times.

Will you graduate? Ask big data. (2017). The New York Times.

Borrowed from WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the bibliography of resources is a list of informative citations and resources in regards to institutional assessments.

“The Essential Learning Outcomes.” Association of American Colleges and Universities. Can be accessed electronically through:
This is a list of five overarching learning outcomes that should characterize all post-secondary educational programs. It was developed as a part of the Learning

Hampson, Keith, “Dr. Mike Offerman, Capella University: Quality, Access and Transparency in Higher Education.” Interview published in Higher Education Management, Nov. 11, 2009

Integrity in the College Curriculum. Washington: Association of American Colleges, 1985

Lumina Foundation. The Degree Qualification Profile. Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc., Indianapolis, 2011
Can be accessed electronically through:

Miller, Margaret, “The Meaning of the Baccalaureate.” About Campus. September-October 2003

This is the link to the electronic copy of Margaret Miller’s original paper that was published by The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in their bimonthly ABOUT CAMPUS magazine.

Miller, Margaret & Ewell, Peter, “Measuring Up on College-Level Learning.” The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, October, 2005 May be accessed at:

“The Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees.” Southern Association of Schools & Colleges, Commission on Colleges. December, 2011.
In response to the rapid increase in the number of non-traditional courses and programs available through accredited colleges and universities, the Southern Association of Schools & Colleges has issued this policy that requires institutions to explicitly indicate whether specific courses and programs are “intended for transfer.”

Taking Responsibility for the Quality of the Baccalaureate Degree. Washington: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2004

Online Resources

Assessment Commons: [meta-site of online assessment resources]

ASSESS listserv: [2000+ people on this listserv]

DQP Assignment Library:

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA):

WSCUC Document Library:

Campus Websites

California State University, Fullerton:


James Madison University assessment:

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa assessment:

Classroom Assessment

Angelo, T., & Cross. P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A Handbook for college teachers (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Creative Disciplines Assessment

Chase, D., Ferguson, J.L., & Hoey, J.J. IV. (2014). Assessment in creative disciplines: Quantifying and qualifying the aesthetic. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.

Discussion of Published or Commercial Measurement Tools

Benjamin, R., et al. (2009). Returning to learning in an age of assessment: Introducing the rationale of the Collegiate Learning Assessment. Council for Aid to Education. Available at

Bean, J. C. (2011). Engaging ideas: The professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom, 2nd Ed., San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Benjamin, R. (2012). The seven red herrings about standardized assessment in higher education. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Occasional Paper #15, September 2012.

Chun, M. (2010). Taking teaching to (performance) task: Linking pedagogy and assessment practices. Change, 42(2), 22-29.

Hawthorne, J. (2008). Accountability & comparability: What’s wrong with the VSA approach? Liberal Education, 94(2). Available at

Kuh, G. (2009). The National Survey of Student Engagement: Conceptual and empirical foundations. In G. M. Gonyea & G. D. Kuh (Eds.), Using NSSE in Institutional Research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Noel Levitz Surveys:

Faculty Learning Community

Cox & Richlin (2004). Building faculty learning communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Hutchings, P., Jankowski, N. A., & Ewell, P. T. (2014). Catalyzing assignment design activity on your campus: Lessons from NILOA’s assignment library initiative. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Occasional Paper, November 2014.

Focus Groups and Interviews

Krueger & Casey (2000). Focus groups (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Seidman, I. (2013). Interviewing as qualitative research. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

General Education Assessment

Allen, M. J. (2006). Assessing general education programs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Leskes, A. & Wright, B. (2005). The art & science of assessing general education outcomes. Washington, DC: Association of American College and Universities.

Richman, W. A., & Ariovich, L. (2013). All-in-one: Combining grading, course, program, and general education outcomes assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Occasional Paper # 19, October 2013.

Graduate Program Assessment

Baker, M. J., Carter, M. P., Lerick, D. K., & King, M. F. (2011). Assessment & review of graduate programs. Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.

Lovitts, B. E. & Wert, E. L. (2009). Developing quality dissertations in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Maki, P. & Borkowski, N.A., eds. (2006). The assessment of doctoral education: Emerging criteria and new models for improving outcomes. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Walvoord, B. E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions departments and general education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

History and Context of Assessment

Astin, A. W. (1993). What matters in college? Four critical years revisited. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ewell, P. (2009). Assessment, accountability, and improvement: Revisiting the tension. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Occasional Paper # 1, November 2009.

Hutchings, P. (2010). Opening doors to faculty involvement in assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Occasional Paper # 4, April 2010.

Sims, S. J., (1992) Student outcomes assessment: A historical review and guide to program development. New York, NY: Greenwood.

Learning Outcomes Assessment—Books, General

Allen, M. J. (2004). Assessing academic programs in higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W., & Associates. (2002). Building a scholarship of assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Driscoll, A., & Wood, S. (2007). Outcomes-based assessment for learner-centered education. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Kuh, G. D., Ikenberry, S. O., Jankowski, N. A., Cain T. R., Ewell, P. T., Hutchings, P., & Kinzie, J. (2015). Using evidence of student learning to improve higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Maki, P. L. (2010). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution, 2nd Ed. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Massa, L. J. & Kasimatis, M. (2017). Meaningful and manageable program assessment: A how-to guide for higher education faculty. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Nichols, J. O. (1996). A practitioner’s handbook for institutional effectiveness and student outcomes assessment implementation. New York, NY: Agathon.

Nichols, J. O., & Nichols, K. W. (2005). A road map for improvement of student learning and support services through assessment. New York, NY: Agathon.

Palomba, C. A.& Banta, T. W. (1999). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing and improving assessment in higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide, 2nd Ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. [3rd edition available February 2018]

Walvoord, B. E. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education, 2nd Ed., San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


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AAC&U VALUE Rubric case studies:

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All the citations for the academic works in the resource section are given in this section.  The citations are ordered in alphabetical order.

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The Department of Institutional Research at Westcliff University gives a list of book citations that discusses different sectors of post-secondary institutions.  Topics in these books range from big data to learning outcomes.

Allen, M. J. (2003). Assessing academic programs in higher education. Hoboken, NJ. Jossey-Bass.

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Daniel, K. (2017). Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. New York, NY: Springer

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3 Strategies to Engage Students In Online Learning

Dayna Amboy explains three strategies that would make online students more engaged in their courses. According to the article, faculty need to build a strong relationship with their students, have videos welcoming and explaining the course, and track student performance.

Topic: Student Engagement
Subtopic: Online Learning

3 Ways to Get Faculty More Engaged In Learning Innovations

Higher education institutions must do better at engaging faculty in learning innovation with students. According to the article, three ways to increase engagement with students in learning innovation are: 1) Make connections; 2) Meet faculty where they are, and 3) Be open and flexible.

Topic: Instructional Designers
Subtopic: Professional Development – Faculty

50 HR and Recruiting Stats for 2019

Glassdoor gives valuable insights into the mindsets of both the job seekers and recruiters in the current fluid job marketplace. The Glassdoor survey touches on factors that job seekers and employers find pertinent during the hiring process, such as benefits, diversity, and technology.

Topic: Statistics
Subtopic: Employment

7 Reasons – Other Than Cost – That Students Don’t Graduate

The article explains seven reasons (besides cost) why students do not graduate from college. Some of the reasons include: working while attending school, non-transferable credits, lack of confidence, etc.

Topic: Attrition Causes
Subtopic: Failure Reasons

8 Top Elearning Trends for 2019

The article looks at the top eight eLearning trends according to Suresh Kumar. The trends include topics such as adaptive learning and microlearning.

Topic: eLearning
Subtopic: Trends-2019

A Changing View of the Benefits of Higher Education Internationalisation

The International Association of Universities (IAU) conducted a global survey on higher education internationalization in 2018, the fifth in its history. The research finds that over a third of those institutions surveyed believe that “enhanced international cooperation and capacity building” is the most beneficial aspect of internationalization.

Topic: Public Good
Subtopic: Internationalization

A Tipping Point for OPMs?

The number of OPM companies has increased dramatically in the past several years due to the increase of online programs and courses. Currently, there is a saturation of OPM companies that tend to focus on graduate degrees at four-year institutions. OPM companies must have a niche and a quality product to be successful.

Topic: OPMs
Subtopic: Future Options

Academic Writers Set to Lose Lucrative Global Market

Anti-essay mills regulations, including ones in the United Kingdom and the United States, will hurt many individuals whose sole income comes from writing academic essays for others. In particular, Kenya is the center for these academic writers, especially newly graduate students, in which they can make a considerable amount of money to write essays for students abroad.

Topic: Essay Mills
Subtopic: Kenya

Alternative Universities

The Q&A article discusses Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education, authored by David J. Stanley, detailing alternative education models that go against the traditional education system that many institutions follow. One model includes the “Interface University” which utilizes artificial intelligence as a key factor in this educational model. He also describes other models such as the competency-based model and mission-level innovation that are currently used by some institutions.

Topic: New ideas
Subtopic: Innovation labs

Anger In India Over Fake US University Sting Operation

130 students, many of them from India, were arrested for student visa fraud when a sting operation conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Many in India believe the students are innocent whereas the U.S. government claim that the students knew about the fake school; however, the two states are attempting to repair the damages caused by arrests and repercussions.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Visa Fraud

Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, & the Hottest Topics on the MBA Curriculum

Seb Murray of BusinessBecause discusses the top five growing topics in MBA curriculums. The topics include 1) Artificial Intelligence; 2) Corporate Social Responsibility; 3) Change Management; 4) Fintech; and 5) CEO Activism.

Topic: Curriculum
Subtopic: MBA Changes

Assessment As a Strategy, Not a Stand-Alone Activity

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) created the VALUE rubrics to allow the faculty to assess students’ learning outcomes across different platforms and contexts. Some institutions use the rubric as a guide for other projects and models to effectively assess and help their students.

Topic: Assessment
Subtopic: Rubrics

ASU Goes for Profits

Arizona State University is planning to be a partner in for-profit business enterprises that would promote online programs to large companies. The article attacks the venture because ASU does not have full control of the business.

Topic: Online Education
Subtopic: Corporate Partnerships

Call to Fight the Spread of Corruption In He Globally

The report, Policies, and Actions of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Bodies to Counter Corruption in Higher Education, conducted a study on corruption in higher education so it can make recommended changes to the Accreditation and quality assurance bodies in some countries. The survey includes questions regarding cheating, plagiarism, admission, and benchmarks.

Topic: Corruption
Subtopic: Higher Education

Calls for More English Language Help for Foreign Students

Educators want international students who are not fluent in English to take intensive English courses as part of their enrollment at New Zealand universities. According to data, students taking the Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) in 2017, only one-fifth of international students achieved university entrance in New Zealand.

Topic: TESOL
Subtopic: New Zealand

Casting Public Imagination for the Evolving Major

Jennifer Clifton discusses how the decline of English majors has had a negative impact on the public imagination. As Clifton argues, literature and other English works help educate people about diversity and interconnection. To help alleviate the situation, people must collaborate and create a publicly responsive infrastructure.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: English Major – Branding

Cerritos College Announces 2 Years of Free Tuition for Underserved students
Cerritos College will offer two years of free tuition for underserved students via its Cerritos Complete program. The program previously only offered one-year free tuition and now funded by AB 19 and includes other districts in the area.

Topic: Tuition
Subtopic: Underserved

Christensen Scorecard – Data Visualization of US Postsecondary Institution Closures and Mergers

Harvard professor Clayton Christensen predicts that half of all colleges in the United State will close down. Without any data backing his claim, LMS Market Analysis and LISTedTECH provide data and visualization that states show that Christensen’s predictional is possible, but many closures from for-profit institutions but the rate of closure cannot continue for more than another 10 years.

Topic: Predictions
Subtopic: Higher Ed M&A

Co-Creative Innovation Must Be Core Mission of Universities

A report in The Role of Universities in Regional Innovation Ecosystems finds that universities need to collaborate with innovative companies to better at combat global issues such as climate change. Universities have the resources and companies have the innovative ideas that are required to successfully find solutions for global issues.

Topic: Innovation
Subtopic: Collaboration

College-Educated Immigrants in the US

The article presents graphs from the Pew Research Center indicating that the United States has the most college-educated immigrants than any other country. However, other countries proportionally, like Canada and Australia, have a higher number of college-educated immigrants within their population.

Topic: Demographics
Subtopic: Educated immigrants

College Illinois Bailout Now Tops $500 Million

Illinois taxpayers will pay an average of $6,800 to help bailout a program that allowed parents to pre-pay tuition at public universities in Illinois for a total of $500 million. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is halting the program and will no longer accept new contracts for the program and only paying those under contract.

Topic: Public College Failures
Subtopic: Illinois

Colleges Lose a ‘Stunning’ 651 Foreign Language Programs In 3 Years

The Modern Language Association finds that 651 foreign-language programs have closed from 2013 to 2016. Most of these language programs include Spanish, French, German and Italian. The numbers reflect the decline in foreign language enrollment and financial budget.

Topic: Program Deletions
Subtopic: Foreign Languages

Crackdown on Illegal Universities – Academics

The Nigerian is attempting to shut down the proliferation of illegal universities in Nigeria. The rise in illegal institutions is partly due to the high demands of Nigerians wanting to attend college – to provide more seats, the government must invest more in higher education to fulfill the demand.

Topic: Unauthorized Online Universities
Subtopic: Nigeria

Creating a Collaborative Environment for Business Intelligence

John Warner, author of ‘Why They Can’t Write’, discusses the issues of professors complaining that students have difficulty writing coherent and well-written essays. In his interview with Scott Jaschik, Warner explains several reasons behind this problem including poor instructions and reliance on adjuncts professors to teach writing.

Topic: Business Intelligence
Subtopic: Collaboration

Credential Clout: How Higher Ed Can Prepare for An Evolving Job Market

Ellucian surveyed recruiters, hiring managers, and students in regards to employment and college. The study finds most college students attend college because they want to improve their job prospects and skills and want to pursue more education after graduation. Furthermore, Recruiters and hiring managers believe that colleges have not fully prepared students for the workforce, but they believe credentials can better prepare the students.

Topic: Survey
Subtopic: Credentials

Dearth of Evidence of Value of International Cooperation

From a study by the European Commission, international cooperation was found to be beneficial regarding research, teaching, and participation. The empirical data does not, however, indicate that foreign exchange leads to intercultural competencies nor does it promote socio-cultural outcomes.

Topic: Intercultural Competency Development
Subtopic: Cost/Benefits

Democratising AI Knowledge to Inform Ethical Choices

“Elements of AI” has become popular MOOC, produced by the partnership between Finland’s University of Helsinki and Reaktor, that teaches its students AI coding. The article also discusses how Finland is the leading country for AI awareness, research, and vision.

Topic: Computer Science
Subtopic: AI

Design, Content, and Cultural Trends for 2019

The piece discusses three trends that will impact how institutions develop their websites. These trends include: 1) Stand for something; 2) Less, but better; and 3) Design at human scale.

Topic: Trends – 2019
Subtopic: Cultural

Developing Your Teamwork Skills

Pallavi Eswara gives tips on how to be a better team player, especially in a work environment and school. According to Eswara, skills that are required to be a better team player are: 1) Good Communication; 2) Emotional Intelligence; 3) Motivational Abilities; 4) Relationship Management, and 5) Acquiring Interpersonal Skills.

Topic: Teamwork
Subtopic: Skill Learning

Discussion Boards: Valuable? Overused? Discuss.

Discussion boards are currently being misused by many professors at colleges and universities. Professors tend to make it where students answer questions about readings but they should instead play an active role in developing student engagement.

Topic: Assignments
Subtopic: Discussion Questions/Options

DNA Testing, Race and An Admissions Lawsuit

Nicole Katchur, a recent Princeton graduate, issuing Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University/Philadelphia University for racial discrimination. Katchur claims that she was not accepted to the medical school on account of her white race after a representative from the school allegedly told her that she would be accepted if she had a Native American or African American lineage.

Topic: Admissions
Subtopic: Racial Discrimination

Do Law Schools Limit Black Enrollment with LSAT?

A study conducted by Aaron N. Taylor finds that the LSAT restricts the number of African-American enrollment in law schools. African-Americans have a disadvantage compared to other groups of students in regard to the LSAT. Furthermore, studies have shown that the performance on the LSAT does not adequately correlate with passing the bar exam.

Topic: Entrance Exams
Subtopic: Law Schools

Does Higher Education Still Prepare People for Jobs?

Many employers believe there is a gap between what college students are taught at school and the necessary skills required at their companies. Specifically, employers want candidates to learn more soft skills, people skills, and leadership skills.

Topic: Teaching
Subtopic: Soft Skills

Education Exports Worth About 20 Billion (Pounds) to the UK

According to the Department for Education in the United Kingdom, education-related exports is worth almost £20 billion (the US $26 billion) to its economy. The earnings have been increasing and higher education makes up over two-thirds of the total value.

Topic: United Kingdom
Subtopic: Earnings form International Students

Esports Builds Success At Colorado College

The Q&A article discusses how Esports came to fruition at Colorado College. With a relatively small student body (2,000 students), the students were able to start the sport by gauging the students’ interests and have support from the students, alumni, and others.

Topic: Esports
Subtopic: Starting a Team

Evening Things Out

Faculty tend to have different workloads that are not part of their job description such as mentorship based on demographic backgrounds. A study finds that intervening in faculty workload makes it more impartial across the faculty staff.

Topic: Faculty
Subtopic: Workload

Expectations Build for College Transparency Legislation

The debate on whether student-level data should be transparent is still waging on in the federal government. With the Democrats taking the lead in House Education Committee, advocates of the proposal hope to see it come to fruition.

Topic: Legislation
Subtopic: Transparent Outcome Metrics

For Sale: Renowned Sports League?

The Pacific-12 Conference finances have been gradually declining compared to other college athletic conferences due to this cable network and poor showings in Men’s basketball and football. To address the situation, some of the leaders have proposed to consolidate some of its assets and selling some of those assets to private investors.

Topic: Athletics
Subtopic: Fund Raising

Foreign Students Sour on America, Jeopardizing a $19 Billion Industry

According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), the enrollment of new foreign students in the United States declined by 6.6 percent in the 2017-2018 academic year. The trend will lead to a negative impact on the economies of U.S. universities and the local communities.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Foreign Student Decline

Former EDMC Campuses Bought by Private Investors

Education Principle Foundation has purchased some campuses from Dream Center Education, which owns the Art Institutes, South and Argosy Universities; however, Argosy University is not part of the purchase. There have been some talks with other institutions and organizations for the purchase of some of the remaining campuses but the fate of Argosy University is unknown.

Topic: Online Program Management
Subtopic: Conversion of Closed Institutions

France Fines Google Nearly 57 Million for First Major Violation of New European Privacy Regime

France has fined Google for $57 million for violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for not disclosing users’ personal information and not getting their consent. Google is the first major US tech company to be fined for violating the GDPR since its implementation in 2018.

Topic: GDPR
Subtopic: Violations

Grading Smarter, Not Harder

Student grades are not always indicative of determining a student’s knowledge in a course. To help rectify the issue, according to the article, professors should clearly layout the student learning goals and be transparent on formative assessments.

Topic: Assessment – Student Performance
Subtopic: Critical Thinking

How Academic Centers Help Student-Athletes Hit Peak Performance

More universities are providing their student-athletes with academic centers and more academic resources to guide them through their academic endeavors. The increased support has led to higher grades and graduation rates of student-athletes.

Topic: Academic Support
Subtopic: Apps for Student-Athletes

How Many Colleges and Universities Have Closed Since 2016?

The article provides an extensive list of colleges and universities that have closed or been acquired since 2016. The lists are broken down into three college categories: 1) Major for-profit; 2) Liberal arts, and 3) Public.

Topic: College Closings
Subtopic: Since 2016

How Purdue Global Is Expanding Purdue University’s Access to Adult Learners

Purdue University recently acquired the for-profit Kaplan University which allows the former to compete with other universities in the online education arena with Purdue Global. Purdue wants to target non-traditional students such as adult learners and Kaplan Higher Education gets a share of the revenue.

Topic: Competency-Based Education
Subtopic: Purdue University Global

How Regulatory Pressure Is Reshaping Big Data As We Know It

Jelani Harper explains the regulatory impacts recently passed laws will have on big data, companies, and institutions. The author provides a comprehensive list of practical big data-related aspects that will be influenced by the regulations.

Topic: Big Data
Subtopic: Regulatory Impact

How STEM Courses Can Enhance Your MBA

Some MBA programs are adding STEM courses to give their students to attract more students to the programs, including both international and domestic students. These STEM courses adds a skill to a workforce that many companies look for in an employee.

Topic: Technology Embedded into MBAs
Subtopic: STEM Certificates

How to Attract International Students In Difficult Times

Private universities in Hong Kong face a difficult task of surviving in Hong Kong due to the public universities seen as more prestigious and receiving public funding. To reform from the negative image of private universities, the government wants these self-financing post-secondary institutions to have specialized programs and courses to have a niche in the region.

Topic: Recruitment
Subtopic: International Students

ICEF Monitor: Canada Eases Application Requests for Post Study Work Permits

The Canadian government has lengthened the time for international students to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which allows them to work for three years in Canada and work towards permanent residency. The government will now allow 180 days to apply for the permit after completion of their studies and the students have the ability to visit their home country during the 180 days period without the fear of not obtaining a work permit in Canada.

Topic: Post Graduation Work Permits
Subtopic: Canada

India’s US$20m Investment to Build US-India Education Links on Its Own Turf

India has invested $20 million through the US-India Knowledge Exchange to help bring students and professionals from American universities to Indian campuses. India is hoping the US exports would provide valuable expertise to Indian colleges and universities to aid them in their industries.

Topic: India
Subtopic: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hubs

International Student Numbers in US Decline

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the number of international students enrolling in U.S. institutions has declined by 2.7 percent between March 2018 to March 2019. International students from China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia have all declined to study in the U.S.

Topic: F-1 Students
Subtopic: Data

International Student Tuition and the Funding Crisis to Come

International student enrollment is becoming increasingly more important for universities because they pay more in tuition (than domestic students) and a majority of graduate students in STEM are international students. With the decline of enrollment of international students, tuition-based financing will eventually have a dire effect on universities.

Topic: Recruitment
Subtopic: International Students-Tuition

Irish University System Starved of Funds and ‘In Danger’

According to the Public Funding Observatory of the European University Association, Ireland (and Serbia) is in danger of having its university system failing due to rising enrollment and decreasing funding. Administrators from these Irish colleges believe that there needs to be an open-discussion about the situation to reform the problem.

Topic: Ireland
Subtopic: Diminishing Public Funding

Is Education Dept Trying to Change Too Much Too Quickly in HE?

The United States Department of Education wants to change some key policies pertaining to higher education. The department wants to ease accreditation rules and allow more universities to receive financial aid.

Topic: Negotiated Rulemaking
Subtopic: Impact of Innovation Velocity

Key Role of Employability in Choice of Foreign University

According to a survey in the International Student Employment Outcomes and Satisfaction Report 2019 indicates that students from Asia look at universities to study abroad based on work opportunities in those countries. The report also details information on international experience and international students finding jobs after graduation.

Topic: Prospective Student Priorities
Subtopic: Employability – Career Support Services

Knowledge Management: 6 Predictions for 2019

Six executives at IT companies discussed in their own words their predictions for the future of technology in 2019. Each expert picks a topic (e.g., artificial intelligence) and explains how that particular technology will impact the business sector.

Topic: AI
Subtopic: Knowledge Management

Language and Neuroplasticity: Why It’s Good for Your Brain to Learn Another Language

Learning multiple languages as a child or young adult can improve and create more neuroplasticity in the brain. These connections can benefit individuals with their cognitive capabilities as they age.

Topic: Learning
Subtopic: Bilingualism Benefits

Law Schools Escalate Their Focus on Digital Skills

Lawyers and law schools are utilizing technology to better prepare themselves for their cases. Coding and advanced technology are helping lawyers in presenting evidence and editing and preparing documents.

Topic: Law Schools
Subtopic: Teaching – Data Analytics

Leadership In Changing Times: Supporting Students and Institutions with Creativity and Efficiency

Inside Higher Ed assembled a collection of articles that focused on the challenges higher education institutions and the changes needed to fix those issues. Topics that revolve around economic challenges include enrollment, equity, tuition, leadership, and creativity.

Topic: Leadership
Subtopic: Digital Initiatives

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Considers Identifying Failing Colleges

Several private, nonprofit colleges recently have been closing and not admitting new enrollments in Massachusetts. To mitigate the issue, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is contemplating whether to give the Department of Higher Education permission to intervene when private, nonprofit colleges are in danger of closing.

Topic: Finances – Higher Education
Subtopic: Identification of Failing Schools

Massive Scandal Alleged In College Admissions

The FBI has indicted 50 individuals for their involvement in a college admissions scam that allowed unqualified students to attend elite universities. These individuals include celebrities, wealthy individuals and college coaches which were all part of the scam to give students unfair entrance for lying or cheating on their admissions.

Topic: Admissions
Subtopic: Fraud

Meet the English Professor Creating the Billion-Dollar College of the Future

The article covers Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, and the growth of his university. With over 130,000 enrollments, the institution has provided many individuals, especially non-traditional students, a college education, on-campus and online.

Topic: Southern New Hampshire University
Subtopic: Disruptive Innovations

Ministers Launch New International Education Strategy

The article provides an extensive list of colleges and universities that have closed or been acquired since 2016. The lists are broken down into three college categories: 1) Major for-profit; 2) Liberal arts, and 3) Public.

Topic: Marketing to International Students
Subtopic: UK

MOOCs Fail In Their Mission to Disrupt Higher Education

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been failing due to several factors including competition from online courses by universities and low retention and completion rates. Furthermore, most of the learner is coming from highly developed countries and missing out on those from developing countries.

Topic: MOOCs
Subtopic: Failing Business Model

Negotiators for Accreditation Rulemaking Have Deep Stakes In Online, Alternative Education

The U.S. Education Department will have sessions with higher education representatives from such institutions as the University of Alaska to discuss several issues regarding credit hours and online programs. The committee has until March to reach an agreement on how to change the policies or the Ed Department would decide on the details itself.

Topic: Regulations
Subtopic: Negotiated Rulemaking

New International Graduate Enrollments Falls Again

A recent study conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools finds that first-time international enrollments at U.S. graduate schools have been declining.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: First Time graduate students

New Rules for Accreditors

A panel including university administrators and accreditors has unanimously approved to loosen accreditation restrictions for colleges and universities. The Trump Administration will propose regulation changes based on the pane’s ruling before becoming into effect.

Topic: Negotiated Rulemaking
Subtopic: Diminished Restrictions

New Training for California Preschool Teachers to Help Bilingual Children Prepare for Kindergarten

The California Department of Education bestowed $5 million through the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Grant to six organizations with helping dual learning preschoolers. The Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), one of the organizations to be awarded the funding, has trained preschool teachers in developing lesson plans that encourage students to develop their language skills through classroom activities.

Topic: TESOL
Subtopic: Preschool – California

No Evidence OPT Students Take Jobs from US Workers – NFAP

A study by the National Foundation for American Policy finds that international students are not taking jobs from American workers in STEM fields through the OPT program. Critics of the OPT program argue that employees hire international students because they are cheaper and easier to exploit, which is an invalid argument based on the study.

Topic: OPT
Subtopic: Workforce Impact

Online Learning At the Library

Online learning through such platforms as MOOCs are becoming more prominent at libraries as teaching tools. The PSPU learning circle project relies on online sources as a medium in providing valuable information for their community and library patrons; however, the sources are becoming more unreliable and expensive due to their business models.

Topic: Online Learning
Subtopic: Community Libraries

Overhauling Rules for Higher Ed

The Trump Administration wants to soften the accreditation process and the oversight powers accreditors have on university programs. The administrations want to change the definition of credit hours and modify online courses and programs.

Topic: Regulatory Processes
Subtopic: Negotiated Rulemaking

Partnerships Between It and Physical Security Improve Campus Safety

The Information Technology department and physical security teams must work together to deter crimes on campus. They must coordinate their actions and bridge security gaps to make the campus safer.

Topic: Campus Safety
Subtopic: Emergency Signals

Plagiarism Detection Firm to be Sold for US$1.7 Billion

Advanced purchased Turnitin for $1.735 billion. Turnitin is a service that detects plagiarism using artificial intelligence. Besides detecting plagiarism, Turnitin also has Gradescope, which helps with grading and providing feedback on students’ writing.

Topic: Plagiarism Detection
Subtopic: Turnitin

Private Universities Are Facing an Uncertain Future

Private universities in Hong Kong face a difficult task of surviving in Hong Kong due to the public universities seen as more prestigious and receiving public funding. To reform from the negative image of private universities, the government wants these self-financing post-secondary institutions to have specialized programs and courses to have a niche in the region.

Topic: Self-financing Institutions – Hong Kong
Subtopic: Oversupply

Q & A: How to Develop Program Architecture

Kacey Thorne, director of program architecture at Western Governors University, discusses the role of program architecture and the experience she’s had to be one. Thorne explains that program architecture helps design skill maps and competencies that the programs revolve around.

Topic: Skills Mapping
Subtopic: Career Relevant Learning

Q&A: Rebecca Wright Outlines How Universities Can Champion Women in STEM

In the Q&A article, Rebecca Wright discusses how universities can close the gap for women professions in the STEM fields. She explains how colleges and universities can help with enrolling more women in STEM programs.

Topic: STEM
Subtopic: Female Students

Rampant Plagiarism’ and ‘Patently Deficient’ Online Education

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia proposes to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to revoke Virginia International University, which has a predominantly international student body and online courses, and its ability to operate in the state. The council argues that the institution’s academic quality is insufficient and has widespread plagiarism after being audited by the former.

Topic: Plagiarism
Subtopic: Virginia International University

SADC Meeting Agrees on the Need for STEM in Industrialisation

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) wants to redesign its education model to make its STEM programs interconnected with the continent’s industrialization. The organization wants to expand internationalization by establishing more collaboration among students and institutions.

Topic: STEM Programs
Subtopic: Southern Africa Development Community

Science Coalition Demands Protection of Research Funding

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is expected to have some of its funding cut by the government. The Science Coalition expresses its concerns and is urging Congress to stop the cuts and increase funding for federal research.

Topic: Funding
Subtopic: Research

Seizing Events As Strategic Communication Opportunities

The article provides a video explaining how Georgia Tech and Special Events builds and develops events and contents

Topic: Communications – Podcasts
Subtopic: Strategic Opportunities

Slow and Steady for Competency-Based Education

Survey has shown that competency-based education is growing but at a slower rate than some experts predicted. Financial aid issues arise due to the nonstandard academic calendars and concepts with credit hours.

Topic: Competency-Based Education
Subtopic: Popularity

So Why Did MOOCs Fail to Live Up to the Hype?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have not met the expectations many have thought MOOCs will meet when first introduced as an alternative for teaching. According to William Leonard, the failures are caused by a poor business model, low retention, and difficulty teaching online.

Topic: MOOCs
Subtopic: Poor KPIs

States Seek Tighter Regulation of For-Profits

There are several bills that would affect student loans and financial transparency for for-profit and online universities. These proposals would increase regulations for for-profit universities to help deter the closure of these universities like what happened at Argosy University.

Topic: For-Profit Oversight
Subtopic: Discriminatory Legislation

Student Loan Debt Statistics In 2018: A 1.5 Trillion Crisis

As of June 2018, 44 million borrowers owe a total of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the United States. The Forbes article goes more in-depth by providing demographic and various student loan statistics.

Topic: Student Loan Debt
Subtopic: Statistics

Student Support from Faculty Mentors Varies by Major

A survey conducted by Gallup and Strada Education Network finds that developing a strong supportive rapport with professors tends to lead to students having more confidence. Students in Arts and Humanities are more likely than those in majors to develop a strong relationship with a mentor or professor. Black students, when compared to White, Hispanic and Asian students are less likely to develop a relationship with a professor or mentor in college.

Topic: Mentorship
Subtopic: Relationship Variations

Technology Has Fuelled a Surge In Academic Cheating – It Has Also Made It Easier Than Ever to Get Caught

A study has found that over a third who was surveyed had cheated on an exam and over two-thirds admit that they have cheated on written assignments. According to some experts, cheating has become more common due to the internet and essay mills that allow for others to write essays for the students.

Topic: Plagiarism
Subtopic: Essay Mills

The 60 Year Curriculum: Developing New Educational Models to Serve the Agile Labor Market

Chris Dede from Harvard University is developing the 60 Year Curriculum initiative that helps students develop flexible skills for the next 60 years of their lives. The 60YC would provide education and skills that can be reinvented to benefit multiple and changing careers.

Topic: Continuing Education
Subtopic: Lifelong Learning

The Big Read: Rise of the Machine – How Technology Is Disrupting Singapore’s Law Firms

Technology has been playing a larger role in the legal sector in Singapore and abroad. Artificial intelligence can automate divorce proceedings, help with legal documentation, and other important legal services which may reduce the roles of the lawyers and legal actors.

Topic: Technology disruption
Subtopic: Law Firms

The Coming ‘China Crisis’ In Global Higher Education

Chinese enrollment in American (and to some extent, other Western countries) universities might inevitably see a decrease due to several government factors. The Chinese government has been funding more of their own universities, an increase of hostile China-international relations, and the Chinese government reducing Chinese student mobility studying abroad.

Topic: Student Mobility
Subtopic: China

The Dependability of VALUE Scores: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Gary Pike and Kathryne Drezek McConnell find that certain core competencies rubrics do not meet the levels expected of standardized tests. To improve the VALUE rubrics after the study, the authors want to strengthen calibration training, improve assignments and revising the VALUE rubrics.

Topic: Assessment
Subtopic: Value Scores

The Future of Jobs Report, 2018

The Future of Job Report 2018 by the World Economic Forum identifies trends of jobs that will impact the global economy, especially those in the technological field. The report finds that during the current Fourth Industrial Revolution, companies and the labor force are working towards innovation and efficiency to better perform in the advanced age.

Topic: Employment
Subtopic: Projections

The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class

Computer Science is a popular major that makes it difficult for some to take these courses. One reason for limiting the number of students is due to the difficulty of finding professors because many of them are working in the private sector instead of teaching at colleges.

Topic: Computer Science
Subtopic: Enrollment

The Health of the English Major

The number of college students majoring in English has been waning. Kent Cartwright, a professor at the University of Maryland, approached the situation by updating the curriculum and making the program more visible, which according to Professor Cartwright has helped with enrollment in the program.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: English Major

The Institutional Research Revolution in Higher Ed Top Five Trends Shaping the Transformation

Helio Campus discusses five trends in data analytics and institutional research that are shaping the field. There is more of an emphasis on using soft skills, using data effectively, developing new models, being part of the decision-making, and having a culture of institutional effectiveness.

Topic: Data Analytics
Subtopic: Trends – 2019

The Other LA College Cheating Scandal – The One You Might Have Missed This Week

Several alumni and a current student from the University of California, Los Angeles are at the center of an admissions scandal where students college candidates would forge and cheat on their entrance English exams. These students would illegally take English exams for Chinese nationals with doctored documentation like passports.

Topic: Admissions Fraud
Subtopic: English Exam

The Shift of Vietnamese Students to Canada Marches On

More Vietnamese students are choosing Canada than the United States for college, surpassing 20,000 Vietnamese students at all levels. One reason for the uptake of Vietnamese students in Canada is due to its welcoming immigration and work policies.

Topic: International Students
Subtopic: Vietnamese Students

The Top Three Big Data Trends Impacting LA Employers In 2019

According to Ron Goldstein, President, and CEO of CHOICE Administrators, three big data trends that employers in the Los Angeles area are looking for when hiring. The three trends are 1) Predictive analytics will drive business decisions; 2) Embracing automation creates a productive workforce, and 3) Expansion of connected devices increases the flow and accessibility of information.

Topic: Big Data
Subtopic: LA Employers

The True Cost of Inclusive Access

Trident Technical College is accused of not adhering to inclusive-access approach laws that require these materials and textbooks to fall below market price and give students the ability to opt-out of the program. Inclusive-access automatically bills students for materials and textbooks as part of their tuition.

Topic: Textbooks
Subtopic: Mandated Requirements

The World’s Oldest Esports Team Is Gaming Their Way to Longer Lives

Samantha Bresnahan of CNN writes a narrative discussing the Silver Snipers from Stockholm, Sweden, the oldest (based on the average age of the players) esports team in the world. The article describes how the players are influenced by the esports community and how gaming can improve happiness and brain function for the older participants.

Topic: Learning
Subtopic: Gaming

This Is What Happens In a Minute on the Internet

The article compares the graphics of online users pertaining to popular websites and social media platforms from 2018 to 2019 per minute. Many have increased, such as Netflix and Instagram, whereas others, such as the popularity of Snapchat has decreased.

Topic: Internet
Subtopic: Activities

Thousands of Foreign Students Caught In Limbo by Scandal

Over 35,000 students are still dealing with the repercussions of a cheating scandal involving the Education Testing Service (ETS) and the use of a proxy to take the test, many of them from India and Bangladesh, in 2014. Thousands of students have their student visas denied or diminished by the scandal even though many of them assert that they did not cheat on the English proficiency test.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Fraudulent Language Test

Train Faculty to Create Amazing Course Videos

In this ebook, TechSmith teaches faculty how to create and develop online courses using its product. The product trains and hosts workshops that thoroughly explains the process of developing highly-detailed online courses.

Topic: Professional Development – Faculty
Subtopic: Creating Videos

Transforming Higher Education In Vietnam

Although more of Vietnam’s population is going to college, the education system in the country is lagging behind other countries and do not provide adequate skills for the work field. To rectify the issue, the government is reforming the education system through government programs, funding, accreditation and improve overall quality.

Topic: Vietnam
Subtopic: Teaching-Learning Process Changes

Trump Seeks Billions In Cuts

The Trump Administration wants to cut the National Science Foundation by nine percent and the National Institutes of Health by 12 percent. According to Peter McpHerson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, these cuts will negatively impact the United States as being a leader of innovation and technology and make it more difficult for some to climb the economic ladder.

Topic: Public Funding – Education
Subtopic: US Department of Education

Trump to Sign Broad Executive Order

An executive order signed by President Trump would withhold federal funding from universities and colleges that do not adequately allow free speech on campus. However, the broad order does not provide much detail on how the funding would be restricted and how it would be enforced by the government.

Topic: Data Transparency
Subtopic: Student Outcomes

Umass Plans Online College for Adult Learners

Martin Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts System, said that the system will develop an online college for adult learners. The online college will compete against other institutions that already have an established online platform.

Topic: Online Education
Subtopic: US- New England Region

Universities, Business Must Collaborate on Workforce Needs

The article looks at the top eight eLearning trends according to Suresh Kumar. The trends include topics such as adaptive learning and microlearning.

Topic: Teaching
Subtopic: Collaboration with Businesses

University Mergers are Changing the Higher Education Landscape

Norway is continuing its pattern of merging higher education institutions thus reducing the number of universities and colleges. Advocates of the merger argue that institutions are becoming more familiar with one another. Whereas critics argue that the mergers have to lead to reduced flexibility, centralized administration, and increase bureaucratization.

Topic: Mergers – Universities
Subtopic: Norway

Want to Learn How the World Sees Your College? Look on Youtube

College students are vlogging their college experiences and sharing them on Youtube gaining thousands and millions of views. The Youtube influencers provide an uncensored and transparent look at their daily lives and colleges and the work required to get accepted to these institutions.

Topic: Marketing
Subtopic: Student Videos

What New Jobs Will Exist In 2035?

According to the report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, automation will have a large impact on future jobs in Australia. In particular, jobs that are human-only jobs, such as pilots and ship captains, will require a different set of skills with the person controlling the craft from a different location. Furthermore, more cyber-crime and data analyst professions will emerge due to technological advancement.

Topic: Employment
Subtopic: In the Future

What Universities Can do to Limit the Cybersecurity Risk of Personal Devices on Campus

With the increasing number of personal devices college students bring with them to campus, colleges must do a better job of protecting students from hackers. According to the article, it is the responsibility of the institution and the IT department to protect the students and enforce reasonable security policies.

Topic: Cybersecurity
Subtopic: University Protocols

When a Degree Just Isn’t Enough, Also Offer Upskilling

Two possible options for making college students better candidates for the workforce are vocational education training and practical certificates. Certificates will give students the opportunity to have hands-on professional skill work before graduating.

Topic: Continuing Education
Subtopic: Certificates

Why Do Colleges Die?

Colleges and universities that rely too heavily on tuition are more likely to close down – in particular, small private and nonselective institutions. Some schools merge with other institutions whereas others attempt to make major changes like eliminating whole departments to save money, but in actuality, it is the wrong mindset to use to save an institution from closure.

Topic: Sustainability – Colleges
Subtopic: Failure reasons

Why Metrics Matter

The newsletter provides an array of written articles on the importance of metrics and data in the higher institution field. The articles touch upon such important topics as graduation rates, part-time work, and underrepresented students.

Topic: Intelligence
Subtopic: Metrics

Why Online Is An Ethical Practice

Online education is an ethical practice because it allows nontraditional and more likely underprivileged individuals to attend a college that otherwise, they could not afford to attend at brick-and-mortar universities. These students have other responsibilities that make it difficult for them to attend a traditional campus. Unfortunately, these remote students are not always given the same resources or attention as those who attend college on campus.

Topic: Virtual Education
Subtopic: Ethics

Why They Can’t Write

John Warner, author of ‘Why They Can’t Write’, discusses the issues of professors complaining that students have difficulty writing coherent and well-written essays. In his interview with Scott Jaschik, Warner explains several reasons behind this problem including poor instructions and reliance on adjuncts professors to teach writing.

Topic: Teaching Communication
Subtopic: Writing

Why We Must Collaborate to Innovate Across the World

Scientists and researchers must collectively come together beyond borders and produce innovative products and ideas to solve world issues, such as climate change. According to Frédérique Vidal, these innovative products come from many factors including public research but also small startups with unique ideas to solve big problems.

Topic: Collaboration
Subtopic: Innovation

With HBX Rebranding, Harvard Puts the ‘Online’ Back In Online Business School

Helio Campus discusses five trends in data analytics and institutional research that are shaping the field. There is more of an emphasis on using soft skills, using data effectively, developing new models, being part of the decision-making, and having a culture of institutional effectiveness.

Topic: Education
Subtopic: Online – Harvard

With Robots and Video Games, Parkway and Normandy Schools Unite to Energize Stem Programs

200 students from the Parkway and Normandy school districts in the St. Louis area learn how about robotics, math, and coding through a program that teaches STEM to grade school students. They compete against each other in robotic competitions on the weekends in February to showcase their skills and knowledge.

Topic: STEM
Subtopic: Learning Lab

Woman World Leaders Warn of Populist Threat to Equality

The rise of populism around the world has made some worried that women’s rights will be diminished and gender equality will widen. Policies protecting women are being reversed in some countries and the UN Commission on the Status of Women is doing little in protecting women in recent years. Experts argue that education, especially in the technology and engineering fields, will be key in creating gender equality.

Topic: Populism
Subtopic: Erosion of Women’s Rights

Among The Educated, Women Earn 74 Cents For Every Dollar Men Make (190529)

Women with a bachelor’s degree make 74 cents for every dollar their male counterpart makes. In retrospect, among those without a college degree, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women with a college degree tend to be younger than men, which might be one of the reasons for the lower pay since higher pay reflects work experience. Furthermore, women are more likely than men to earn a college degree, and in some occupations, the pay gap is no longer present.

Topic: Employment
Subtopic: Discrepancies

Augmented Reality: The Next Big Leap In Learning And Development (190402)

Augmented Reality (AR) can provide practical uses for employees during the onboard process. Employees can gain learning experience and create first impressions of new employees. Furthermore, AR can help employees with building confidence and make memorable experiences.

Topic: Augmented Reality
Subtopic: Onboarding

California-Who Are Today’S Students? (2019)

Higher Learning Advocates compares California with the national average regarding enrollment, federal student aid, tuition and other higher education metrics. The goal here for Higher Learning Advocates is for Federal Policy to align with the ever growing postsecondary trends.

Topic: Student Demographics
Subtopic: California State Benchmarks

Chart Of The Week: Female Share Of Ba Degrees By Major, 1971 – 2017 (190513)

Among the 16 most popular college majors, women proportionally earn more degrees in nine of them. Some of the more popular majors for women are those related to the health field; whereas, men tend to earn degrees in the STEM field.

Topic: BA
Subtopic: Gender and Discipline

China Warns Students Of Risks Of Studying In Us (190608)

The trade war between the United States and China has created a negative impact on student visas, putting limits on visa duration and turning down more applications. This will have an adverse effect on higher education by reducing the number of students allowed to study at American universities.

Topic: Student Visa Restrictions
Subtopic: Student Visa

Colleges Should Cosign Student Loans (190618)

Carlo Salerno wants colleges and universities to cosign student loans to counter the student loan epidemic. By cosigning their students’ loans, postsecondary institutions will have reasonably priced tuition and can help students to secure career-related employment.

Topic: Federal Loan Programs
Subtopic: Sharing

Competition For Employer Tuition Benefits (190530)

Many businesses are partnering with InStride, a subsidiary of Arizona State University, and other online education platforms to provide schooling for many of their employees. The benefits of providing an education to their employees outweigh the monetary cost of paying the employees’ tuition due to the fact that this investment helps employers to retain their employees.

Topic: Employer Tuition Benefit
Subtopic: Models

Constitutional Due Process At Private Institutions? (190625)

U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. has linked a private college to due process to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In a rape case involving students at Rhodes College (a private university in Tennessee), the court granted a temporary restraining order to the alleged rapist which placed a temporary ban from being expelled from the school.

Topic: Title IX
Subtopic: Due Process

Credential Clout: How Higher Ed Can Prepare For An Evolving Job Market (2019)

Ellucian surveyed hiring managers/recruiters and students to identify which factors are important to them during the hiring process and their educational careers. The employers that were surveyed asserted that soft skills were important during the hiring process. The main reason students enrolled in college was to improve their career prospects.

Topic: Career Preparation
Subtopic: Credential Value Perceptions

Deepfake Videos And The Threat Not Knowing What’s Real (190612)

Computer software programs are making it easier for individuals to manipulate and create “deepfake” videos. These doctored videos are so realistic that sometimes, it is difficult to distinguish whether they are fake or real. They are used to manipulate unaware individuals into thinking the false information is correct. For example, the spread of false political videos and information has been used to benefit political candidates, congresspersons, and/or campaigns.

Topic: Fake Video Detection
Subtopic: Need For Authentication

Discount Rates Hit Record Highs (190510)

Private universities are offering higher tuition discounts than last year in an attempt to recruit more students, specifically freshmen. The average discount rate for full-time freshmen for the 2018-2019 academic year is over 50% and 46% for all undergraduates.

Topic: Tuition
Subtopic: Discounts

Diversity As A Course Requirement (190618)

For new courses to be accepted by Portland State University, they must adhere to a diversity standard. Since the enactment of the diversity standard by the University in 2016-2017, the University has approved 340 courses, but only one course did not meet the standard. This was a course on conservative political thought developed by Professor Bruce Gilley.

Topic: Course Development
Subtopic: Equality of Ideas

Does Your Admissions Team Know How Adult Learners Approach Their College Search? (190520)

Adult learners tend to have different obligations than the traditional college student. According to research done by the EAB, to recruit more adult learners, colleges and universities can 1) sell the return of investment; 2) develop more data to understand prospective students; 3) build awareness campaigns, and 3) articulate school-life balance.

Topic: Recruitment Strategies
Subtopic: Adult Learners

Doing It Yourself: The ‘Internal OPM’ Model (190515)

Private universities are offering higher tuition discounts than last year in an attempt to recruit more students, specifically freshmen. The average discount rate for full-time freshmen for the 2018-2019 academic year is over 50% and 46% for all undergraduates.

Topic: OPM
Subtopic: Self Administer

Emerging Roles Of AI In Education (190619)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more pertinent in postsecondary education from the recruiting phase up until graduation. More companies are developing AI software for postsecondary education purposes, so it is important for colleges and universities to partner with AI technology.

Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Subtopic: Impact in Higher Education

G7 University Presidents To Tackle Global Challenges (190608)

France is launching the U7, a multilateralism alliance that consists of 46 universities from 17 countries. The U7 and its upcoming alliance summit will address major global challenges regarding the roles of universities and the impact they have on the environment, inequality, technology, and engagement.

Topic: Multilateralism
Subtopic: Impact In Higher Education

Getting The Big Hires Right (190626)

When colleges and universities make new hires, they tend to be external hires rather than hiring within their own institutions. Thomas J. Pfaff uses Claudio Fernández-Aráoz’s five key attributes (Motivation, engagement, curiosity, insight, and determination) of “high potentials” in explaining how colleges and universities can retain their top academe positions (e.g., Provost, Dean, etc.) and hire within.

Topic: Ed Tech
Subtopic: Best Practices

HE “Bastions Of Openness” Lead In Latest U-Multi-Rank (190604)

The multidimensional rankings (U-Multirank) finds that ‘open border’ institutions perform better than those that do not readily transfer or exchange information. Institutions with higher rankings tend to be focused on regional engagement and research. The rankings consider 1,711 universities from 96 countries, grading them from “A” to “E”.

Topic: Internationalization
Subtopic: Ranking

Higher Ed Leadership In Ed Tech In The 21St Century (190620)

Dr. Terri Givens is a former university provost that is currently the chief executive of The Center for Higher Education Leadership. She argues that colleges and universities must use technology to enhance communication and collaboration in order to improve student success.

Topic: Ed Tech
Subtopic: Best Practices

How Research Landed On Front Line Us Battle With China (190608)

The Hunan University of Technology in China is allowing their undergraduate students to check online whether they have plagiarized their dissertations. If at least 35 percent of the dissertation is plagiarized, the student will automatically fail. Some, however, argue that there should be a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism.

Topic: Plagiarism
Subtopic: China

How Universities Are Tackling Plagiarism (190602)

Although the United States and China are each top research collaborators, the John Hopkins School of Medicine has reportedly halted Chinese researchers from cooperating with the institution. There is a fear that some of these Chinese researchers are spies or will steal the research.

Topic: Diminishing Collaboration
Subtopic: Authoritarianism In The US

How UTEP’s President Made The University Into A National Research Institute As A Model For Educating First-Generation Students (190616)

President Diana Natalicio is retiring this summer as president of the University of Texas, El Paso. During her tenure as president since 1988, President Natalicio has made an enormous impact on the University and the community. She helped make UTEP into a tier-one research University and made the University’s student body reflective of the high Hispanic population within El Paso.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Latino Students

Institute Lifts Editorial Restrictions On Huawei Employees (190608)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is no longer barring employees of Huawei from participating in the peer-review research process. The restrictions have been lifted even though the U.S. government has placed export limitations on the company.

Topic: Censorship
Subtopic: United States

Is College Worth It? Yes (190610)

The article argues that earning a college degree is worth the investment of attending college and paying tuition. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $78,000 whereas those with just a high school diploma earn an average of $45,000. Throughout a person’s life, a bachelor’s degree will offer a 14 percent rate of return.

Topic: Value of Higher Education
Subtopic: ROI

Is Inequality In Internationalisation Of HE On The Rise? (190608)

According to the 5th global survey on the internationalization of higher education, higher education institutions around the world are implementing or initiating a strategic plan to spread internationalization. Although many institutions believe internationalization is important, due to limited resources, many institutions do not have the capability to implement a department that is focused on internationalization; thus, this creates inequality between those with and those without financial resources.

Topic: Internationalization
Subtopic: Strategies

Law Schools Should Hire More Adjunct Professors (190605)

Jordan Rothman, a Managing Attorney, argues that law schools should hire more adjunct professors because they have more practical experiences than tenured professors. He asserts that professors with more practical experiences will better prepare their students by knowing being better equipped at knowing how their teachings work in the real world. Another benefit of hiring more adjunct professors is reducing the cost of having full-time professors.

Topic: Censorship
Subtopic: United States

MBA – Why Is It Losing Its Sheen? (190604)

According to Dr. Ajit Patil, obtaining an MBA is losing its luster due to fatigue failure for the employer throughout the recruitment and selection process. To help alleviate this issue, students must pick an appropriate MBA model that would benefit both them and their future potential employer.

Topic: MBA
Subtopic: Models

More Than Half Of College Students Fail This 6-Question Money Quiz – Would You? (190605)

AIG surveyed more than 25,000 college students asking them six financial questions. Laid out in the article are the six questions that were used in the survey. The results indicate that many of them do not fully grasp basic financial information.

Topic: Money Management
Subtopic: Finance Acumen

Need To Upskill Computing Graduates Inspires ‘Boot Camp’ (190608)

Petso Tech is a company that trains Indian programmers in a 12-week programming boot camp that aims to enhance programming skills, and in turn, leads to higher pay. If a student makes more than US$2,000 per year, Petso takes a percentage of their salary for three years. If the student makes less than the threshold, the boot camp is free.

Topic: Accreditation
Subtopic: Accountability

Position Paper – Appropriate Accountability For Accreditation And Federal Policy (1905)

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has developed several proposals to change the federal oversight regarding accountability and regulation in higher education institutions. In particular, these changes seek to benefit institutions, students and accreditors.

Topic: Accreditation
Subtopic: Accountability

Street Protest Over Government Overhaul Of Academic Bodies (190602)

Thousands of Hungarians have protested the right-wing government’s attempt to overhaul the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary’s largest scientific research body. The protestors argue that the government wants to restrain scientific and academic freedom, as the government did with other public institutions (media, universities).

Topic: Populism
Subtopic: Hungary

Student Exchange, Staff Mobility Still Gaining Popularity (190607)

The German Academic Exchange Service or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) provided grants and services to over 145,000 students around the world in 2018. The program has helped individuals with international exchange opportunities to study at foreign institutions. These programs include gaining graduate experiences in teaching, applied sciences, and other fields.

Topic: Student Exchange
Subtopic: Popularity

The Benefits Of Course Journaling (190625)

The writers of the article finds that when students keep a course journal, the students were more engaged in the class and established a number of learning outcomes. The journal was used throughout the course, from working on assignments to taking notes. The journal entries helped the students with making connections with their experiences and summaries or what was in the journal.

Topic: Pedagogical Techniques
Subtopic: Reflective Writing

The Next Lawsuits To Hit Higher Education (190624)

Owen Ann thinks that the next major class-action lawsuit to rock higher education is the knowingly use of biased instruments to evaluation faculty members. Studies have shown student evaluations are indeed biased in which women and minorities are given lower scores than their counterparts. Using biased evaluations hinders underrepresented students by having fewer diverse faculty and role-models.

Topic: Lawsuits – Higher Education
Subtopic: Faculty Evaluations

The Public’S Support For (And Doubts About) Higher Ed (190617)

A survey conducted by Third Way found that likely voters of the 2020 general elections think that college degrees are valuable, and colleges should do a better job at being affordable. Most of those who were surveyed believe that college degrees are worth the investment. Furthermore, Congress should address the high cost of attending a postsecondary institution, and the government should regulate these institutions to ensure a good return on investment.

Topic: Populism
Subtopic: Hungary

UB Op-Ed:Counseling Centers Help Students With Mental Health Disorders (190422)

The American Psychology Association reports that over a third of college freshmen have a mental health disorder. Students with mental health disorders tend to have a more difficult time completing their school work. A report by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors indicates that counseling centers, indeed, help a large number of students with mental health disorders.

Topic: Accreditation
Subtopic: Accountability

Understanding The Shifting Adult Learner Mindset (2019)

EAB examines a survey on the mindset of adult learners when applying to college. The study finds several key factors regarding adult learners which includes: 1) they require a return on their education; 2) they are digital consumers; 3) they are extremely pragmatic; and 4) they require flexible options.

Topic: Survey
Subtopic: Adult Learners

Waiting For Work Authorization (190625)

Although students are only allowed to submit their Optional Practical Training applications 90 days before graduation, schools have seen a delay in the processing time. Some schools indicate that it takes up to 120 days to finalize the application process and for the students to receive their approval in mail. The delays have a negative impact for both the students and the institutions.

Topic: OPT/CPT Employment
Subtopic: Practicum Courses For Summer Interships

Welcome To The International Classroom Of The Future (190518)

The advancement of technology has made it easier to communicate and gather information from all over the world. This information is now able to be brought into the classroom through the use of virtual classrooms. Technology has expanded internationalization by making it easier for students to learn about different cultures and the idea of inclusion of others.

Topic: Pedagogy
Subtopic: Internationalization

What Can Universities Do About The Future Of Work? (190523)

To circumvent the rise of unemployment from the advancement of technological automation, colleges and universities should equip students with the necessary skills for this “digital age.” Higher education institutions can emphasize collective processes that help either the community or produce benefits for the “third sector.”

Topic: Education – Its Future
Subtopic: Digital Capitalism

Whose Dissertation Is It, Anyway? (190518)

Ted Sun and Lloyd Williams outline four major problems with colleges relying too heavily on case studies. The four major issues are: 1) The real world is very different; 2) Theory is often too theoretical; 3) Consideration of context is limited; and 4) Implementation of solutions is not an option.

Topic: Dissertation
Subtopic: Ownership Rights

16 Best Web Development And Web Design Blogs (190628)

The article provides the 16 best web development and web design blogs according to Marina Vorontsova. The list provides a brief summary and examples for each mentioned website.

Topic: Blogs
Subtopic: Web Development and Design

2019 Trends to Watch – Higher Education (2019)

The paper discusses the trends in higher education. In particular, the use of technology for non-traditional students and the schools.


Topic: Trends
Subtopic: Higher Education

2U Goes Undergrad (190806)

2U will begin a partnership with the University of London in offering undergraduate degrees in data science and business analytics. A senior-level faculty and junior faculty member from the University of London helping with each course.

Topic: OPMs
Subtopic: 2U – London School of Economics

2019 Survey of Admissions Leaders: The Pressures Grow (190923)

Inside Higher Ed surveyed admissions leaders and found that a majority of institutions answered “No” when asked if the latter filled their classes by July 1. Those surveyed also believe that colleges lose potential applications because of concerns about debt and that those admitted to the waiting list make up less than 5 percent of the class.

Topic: Admissions
Subtopic: Survey

3 Law Schools Pass the $100,000-a-Year Mark (190821)

The cost of attendance for Columbia, Stanford and Chicago University Law Schools all surpassed the $100,000 mark per year. Although the costs are high, it will not deter students from applying to those Law Schools due to its reputation and popularity.

Topic: Law Schools
Subtopic: Cost of Attendance

75% of Colleges Are Planning Active Learning Classrooms by 2020 (190717)

Active learning classrooms are becoming are prominent in the classroom. The increase of active learning classrooms are mainly due to students being accustomed to collaborating and discussing in class.

Topic: Classrooms
Subtopic: Active Learning

Active Learning: The Perfect Pedagogy for the Digital Classroom. (2019)

The classroom is becoming digitalized. Professors are deciding to use digital textbooks as a tool in their classrooms instead of traditional textbooks.

Topic: Pedagogy
Subtopic: Active Learning (White Paper)

A Reckoning for 2U and OPMs? (190802)

2U’s stocks plummeted after the CEO discussed the challenges of OPMs. Some analysts believe that company will eventually recover but less than it’s previous evaluation.

Topic: OPMs
Subtopic: Revenue Sharing Model

Arizona State, Moves On From Global Freshman Academy (190917)

Arizona State University’s Global Freshman Academy did not meet its expectations, thus, it will leave the partnership it had with edX. The academy allowed any undergraduate students to receive credit but not many completed the courses.

Topic: MOOCs
Subtopic: Arizona State University

As California Seeks To Add More Computer Science Courses, Teachers Are Answering The Call (190702)

About 100 Californian teachers from the state attended a week-long program in June at the Summer of CS 2019, a program that trains K-12 teachers in computing. The program is just a small part in the ever growing need for more computer science courses in K-12.

Topic: Computer Science
Subtopic: Faculty Training

Bar Exam Leak! Massive Screw-Up Just Days Before the California Bar Exam (190728)

The State Bar of California accidently sent subjects for the Bar Exams to the Deans of several California law schools. As a precaution, the State Bar openly sent the subject to all students who are taking the exam.

Topic: Law Schools
Subtopic: CA Bar Exam

Brewing Battle Over Pell Grants (190708)

The JOBS Act allows students who enroll in certificate programs that are only eight weeks in length to be eligible for Pell Grants. Advocates of the bill believe that it will give students better opportunities to land in demand jobs that require more training.

Topic: Federal Student Aid
Subtopic: Job Training Assistance

Business Etiquette Lessons Evolve (190702)

Universities are holding “etiquette” courses to prepare students for the workfield. These workshops or courses help prepare students for the interview process and how to improve their soft skills.

Topic: Etiquette – Business
Subtopic: Teaching

California Bar Accidentally Leaks Exam Subjects (190729)

Several California law schools received a letter from the State Bar of California specifying the general topics that will be on the Bar Exam; however, there is no indication that the deans shared the information.

Topic: Law Schools
Subtopic: CA Bar Exam

California Legislation Targeting For-Profits (190703)

California will soon pass seven bills that tighten regulation of for-profit and private colleges in California. The article briefly describes the bills and the impact they will have on for-profit and private colleges in California.

Topic: Regulations – Higher Ed
Subtopic: Biased Rules – California

California’s New Calbright College Faces Questions Weeks Before Opening (190806)

Calbright College, California’s new online community college, starts it’s first term in October 1. As of August 6, 2019, it has a pool of 160 prospective students, but no official enrollments.

Topic: Community Colleges
Subtopic: Public, Online, Competency Based Education

California Students Caught in the Middle (190724)

California has decided that Californian students who are enrolled in online colleges and universities in other states will not be eligible for financial aid. These decisions can impact tens of thousands of students who depend on financial aid to help pay for their tuition.

Topic: Digital Learning
Subtopic: Regulations – Prohibiting Federal Aid to CA online students in public/non-profit out-of state schools

CampusLogic Experiences More Than 50% Growth in the first Half of 2019 (190730)

CamousLogic, a student financial success platform, has seen a 50% growth since last year. Furthermore, the company has seen a 125% increase in clients and over a 100 new customers since last year.

Topic: CampusLogic
Subtopic: Financial Growth

Carolina Works Evaluation Brief: An Early Look at the Benefits of Proactive Success Coaching on Student Retention (1903)

DVP – PRAXIS gives a brief update on an initiative that attempts to improve retention and credential completion at North Carolina community colleges. According to the data, the initiative indeed helps students with retention and completion compared to the control.

Topic: Coaching – Student Success (Data Informed)
Subtopic: Preliminary Results

Choosing Employers Over College for More Education (190923)

A survey conducted by the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds that adults without a college degree they need additional education to advance in their careers. Most of the adults without college degrees mentioned that they would enroll in courses or training within the next five years.

Topic: Continuing Education
Subtopic: Survey

CIAM Platforms (1912)

Consumer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) focuses connectivity with the customer when accessing all customer-facing systems. The report looks at the CIAM market, product and functionality.

Topic: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems
Subtopic: CIAM Genres (Consumer Identity and Access Management)

Colleges are Using Big Data to Track Students in an Effort to Boost Graduation Rates, but It Comes at a Cost. (190806)

Georgia State University and other post-secondary institutions are using predictive analytics to determine whether students are at risk from withdrawing from their programs. Opponents believe the use of the boh data invades privacy and enforce racial inequalities.

Topic: Predictive Analytics
Subtopic: Data – Improperly Used

College Parents Reportedly Give Up Custody so Kids Get Aid (190730)

Some children from wealthy families in Illinois are “divorcing” from their families to receive a better financial package from universities. Although legal, some lawmakers and universities are looking to stop the tactic.

Topic: Financial Aid
Subtopic: Scams

College Readiness Predictions Don’t Have to Be a Mystery (190527)

Erick Vanden Berk developed a system that tracks college-readiness in high school students. Vanden Berk looked at students’ GPA, number of classes taken, ACT scores, etc between 2009-2016. Predictors of college-readiness includes filling out the FAFSA and high GPA.

Topic: College Readiness Data Points
Subtopic: Choosing Predictors

Concordia University Debuts New Arena for Esports; Will Start First Competitive Season (190730)

Concordia University in Austin, Texas opens its eSports arena for its first year of varsity competition. The arena is equipped with the latest computers and peripherals.

Topic: eSports
Subtopic: Concordia University Arena

Constellation July 2019 Newsletter (190711)

Constellation released its July newsletter detailing information regarding automated software operations, business intelligence and analytics, and SuperNova Awards.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: Innovations

Constellation July & August 2019 Newsletter (190715)

The information provided by the United States Census Bureau includes statistics on the 50th Anniversary Moon Landing on July 20. The newsletter also showcases other important dates and events happening in July and August.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: July and August

Court Approves Purchase of Law School by For Profit (190809)

Western State College of Law School has been approved by the federal court to be purchased by Westcliff University.

Topic: Western State College of Law
Subtopic: Purchase of College by Westcliff

Curricula Guidelines For Baccalaureate Degree Programs In Information Technology, 2017 (171210)

“The report by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) provides the curriculum guidelines for baccalaureate degree programs in information technology. The report assists academe with skills mapping, frameworks, and other important factors when developing an IT program at a university.

Topic: Information Technology
Subtopic: Curricula Guidelines

Eight Key Trends in Data Analytics (N.D.)

Big Data Quarterly discusses the top eight trends in analytics that are shaping the landscape of analytics. These trends include topics on AI, digital workers and customer service.

Topic: Data Analytics
Subtopic: Trends

Extending Service-Based Learning Opportunities to Adult Students (190731)

Craig Kielburger, co-founder or WE. org, discusses how colleges and universities can adapt to the increase of adult learners. According Kielburger, service-based learning benefits adult learners through applied learning making it more hands-on and applicable.

Topic: Experiential Learning
Subtopic: Service Based Learning

Faculty and Pedagogy in the Hybrid J.D. (191002)

Five universities have received permission from the ABA to operated accredited hybrid J.D. programs . Two universities in particular, Dayton University and New Hampshire University, will start this Fall using software that would replicate the classroom.

Topic: J.D, Programs
Subtopic: Hybrid Modality

Family, Schools & Community Engagement (190711)

In the July 2019 issue of Family, School & Community Engagement, the U.S. Department of Education discuss Secretary Devo visiting Oklahoma and Colorado to speak about Pell Grants and the Education Freedom Scholarships. Furthermore, the newsletter offers information on the Presidential’s Education Award and other scholarships the government provides to qualified students. The newsletter also informs the public on webinars, training, and seminars.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: Education

FEFU Scientists Train Robot to Make Independent Decisions in a Changing Environment (190801)

Scientists from Russian universities have developed a software allowing robots to set and adjust their speeds and trajectories around 0.5 mm precision. The robots use vision system that allows them to form images of its workspace and recognize them.

Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Subtopic: Independent Decision Capability

Fewer Students Attending Private, Religious Schools in California, Here’s Why. (190708)

California has seen a 25% drop of K-12 students enrollment in private schools since 2000. Reasons for the decrease in private school enrollment in California are due to competition from charter schools and public schools, Californians having less religous affiliation, and the sex abuse scandals involiving the Catholic Church.

Topic: K – 12 Enrollment
Subtopic: CA decline – private-religious schools

Fortnite Gives Away $3 Million to its First-ever Solo World Champion, a 16 year-old from Pennsylvania (190730)

Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersforf, a 16-year old, won the first Fortnite Championships that awarded him $3 million. Some of those who placed in the competition won over a million dollars.

Topic: eSports
Subtopic: Winnings

Global Perspectives on International Employability (2019)

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) conducted market and case studies in Australia, New Zealand,and Europe regarding work rights policies and employment. Although tuition has increased, those with college degrees tend to make more in their lifetime than those without. The data show that access to education has increased in developed countries, but for individuals to be distinguished themselves, a second degree might need to be obtained.

Topic: International Students
Subtopic: Case Studies – Employability

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits. (170718)

Google determined that successful teams follow five traits 1) Dependability; 2) Structure and Clarity; 3) Meaning; 4) Impact, and 5) Psychological Safety.

Topic: Teams
Subtopic: Traits for Success

H1 2019 Higher Education Inquiry Generation Review (190708)

The report by Digital Media Solutions identifies trends in the inquiry generation and student acquisition activities of colleges and universities. The reports touches on such topics as volume trends, degree-level and program distribution and media costs.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Data – Benchmark

Hackers Demand $2 Million From Monroe (190715)

The technology systems at Monroe College located in New York City was hacked and the hackers demanded $2 million from the college. Students and staff from the college were unable to go on the school’s website and platforms for some time, but were eventually able to go on the school’s website.The administrations from the college all agreed that the school would not pay the ransom, arguing that it would not stop the hackers to hack the institution’s system again.

Topic: Cyberattacks
Subtopic: Security for Digital Systems

Harvard Freshman Kicked Out of US over Other People’s Posts on His Social Media (190827)

A Harvard student’s education visa was revoked at the airport for having other people’s anti-American postings on his social media. The Palestinian living in Lebanon was detained at the Boston airport and sent back to Lebanon once the security discovered his social media.

Topic: F1 Visas
Subtopic: Social Media Postings

How Advanced Statistical Analysis can Benefit Academia (1908)

The paper discusses the benefits of academic organizations using advanced analytics to maximize results. Analytics can be used for many purposes such as improving employee engagement to monitoring earnings.

Topic: Analytics
Subtopic: Promoting Better Performance

Hundreds Sign Up for the New Calbright College (191001)

Calbright College received almost 700 applications and over 300 students are currently enrolled since its opening. Calbright College is a new online community college that focuses on non-traditional adult learners.

Topic: Competency-Based Education
Subtopic: Online, Self-paced

IEEE Xplore Digital Library (N.D)

The IEEE is a professional association that focuses on the advancement of electronics and technology. The provided link takes you to the website that shares valuable information and academic resources in the field of technology and electronics.

Topic: Information Technology
Subtopic: Non-patent Literature

Informal Learning Spaces Grow More Formal (190729)

More colleges and universities are providing their students more informal learning spaces to studies. These spaces sometimes contain advanced technology like virtual-reality equipment and interactive monitors.

Topic: Space Planning for Students
Subtopic: Technology, Innovation

Innovation in Accreditation and Higher Education: Accrediting Organizations Describe Their Engagement (2019)

A survey conducted by CHEA and NORC looks at the roles of accreditation and their views on themselves, innovation, and funding.

Topic: Accreditor Innovations
Subtopic: Innovation Causes

Inspirational Videos (2019)

Retired Navy SEAL David Goggins lays out his 5-step strategy to achieve a goal. The five steps are: 1) Be alone; 2) Find purpose; 3) Find goal; 4) Establish a plan and; 5) call to action.

Topic: El Training
Subtopic: Videos

Is Amazon Training Its Workforce or Creating a College Alternative? (190717)

Inside Higher Ed asked experts whether Amazon’s (and other companies) worker training will negatively affect higher education. These experts discuss the trends Amazon has set forth in the business and education systems with the amount given to these trainings and the challenges the education system will face depending on the success of the trainings.

Topic: Disruptive Reskilling Pathways
Subtopic: Employer Tech-related Training

Judge Approves Sale of Western State College of Law (190730)

A federal judge approves the sale of Western State College of Law by Westcliff University. Westcliff University purchased the law school for $1, but the sale needs to be approved by various accreditation bodies.

Topic: Western State College of Law
Subtopic: Sale to Westcliff Approved

Judge Upholds Hartvard’s Admissions Policies (191007)

A judge from the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts rules that Harvard’s admission policy does not discriminate against Asians. Several Asian organizations argued that Harvard admission policy unlawfully discriminated towards Asian Americans by favoring other races.

Topic: Affirmative Action
Subtopic: Court Approved Discriminaiton Against Asians

Launchpad SBDC – OCTANe (2019)

OCTANe helps companies and entrepreneurs by developing and implementing strategies that would help them grow through capital funding.

Topic: Entrepreneurs
Subtopic: Capital Funding Sources

Libraries are Fighting to Preserve Your Right to Borrow eBooks (190802)

As more patrons check out ebooks from libraries, the tension between libraries and publishers have resigned. Each side blames the other for the rising cost of e-books and limiting library purchases.

Topic: e-Books
Subtopic: Publishers Limiting Library Purchases

Low-Cost Master’s Program Debates Between Josh and Eddie (190731)

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim debate on the importance of low-cost online master’s programs. The are debating whether these online courses are a good alternative to traditional programs.

Topic: MOOC MBA Programs
Subtopic: Impact on Marketplace.

More Lower-Cost Degrees, From Purdue, Kaplan and edX (191002)

Purdue University is partnering with edX in offering full engineering degrees. These engineering degrees will cost around $22,500 to attract more students.

Topic: Online Courses – Engineering
Subtopic: edX

More Than Eight Million Graduates From Chinese Universities This Year (190702)

According to China’s People’s Daily, more students are graduating from universities than in its previous years. Although there are more graduates, due to the tension caused by the trade wars between China and the United States, many graduates are considering taking a gap year.

Topic: Graduates
Subtopic: China 2019

Nationwide Project Provides Free Science Materials to Meet California’s New Standards (190812)

California will soon roll out the Next Generation Science Standards but many challenges arise from the new standards such as high cost of textbooks. To counter some of those challenges, OpenSciEd has released free science materials that meets the new science standards.

Topic: Next Generation Science Standards
Subtopic: Middle School Curriculum

No Passage to Palestinian Universities (190726)

Israel has made it difficult for some foreign academics to enter Palenstine. Birzeit University has joined other human rights organizations questioning Israel’s visa’s policies.

Topic: Visas
Subtopic: STEM

‘No Singular Pathway’ (190802)

A study has shown that Ph.D. students tend to change their careers within three years after obtaining their degrees. These individuals move away from academe to business, government or non-profit.

Topic: Career Pathways
Subtopic: Ph.D.s

Online Nursing School Opening in Colorado Springs (190812)

Nightingale College has opened its first nursing school location in Colorado. The online nursing school has on-site clinical training at health care facilities.

Topic: Nursing Schools
Subtopic: Online BSN and RN to BSN

Pearson’s Next Chapter (190716)

Pearson’s Publishing (and other textbook publishers) is moving towards digital books as the primary source for their material. Instead of printing books, which is costly and time-consuming, Pearson will make all their textbooks first available online in digital form; however, the publishing company will have print versions but will recommend students to rent the books instead of purchasing them.

Topic: Textbooks
Subtopic: Digital Distribution Control

Persistent Partisan Breakdown on Higher Ed (190820)

A study conducted by Pew Research finds that Republicans tend to have a negative view on higher education compared to Democrats. Overall view on higher education, however, has declined since 2015.

Topic: Surveys
Subtopic: Political Perception of Higher Ed

Privatization in Kazakhstan’s Emerging Higher Education (190811)

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan ushered in neoliberal reforms into its country. Many public entities, such as universities, became privatized. Government spending on higher education has diminished dramatically since the government established neoliberalism reforms in the country.

Topic: Public Universities
Subtopic: Privatization

Problems Related to Fake Diplomas in the Higher Education System of Croatia (190702)

Journalist Jadranka Polović interviews Jasmina Havranek, Director of the Agency for Science and Education. In the interview, Dr. Havranek discusses the impact higher education has on globalization. She goes more in-depth with issues relating to Higher Education System of Croatia in terms of fake diplomas and education as a whole in Croatia.

Topic: Higher Education – Croatia
Subtopic: Fake Diplomas

Purdue Global’s Growth is Slower Than Expected, and More Takeaways from a Forum in Higher Education (190527)

Goldie Blumenstyk summarizes the key points of a forum on innovation. Two key findings from the forum include Purdue Global’s Growth has been slower than expected and online master’s degrees enrollment has been slow.

Topic: Slowing enrollment
Subtopic: Tuition Adjustments

Rapid Approval Of Western State College Of Law Sale Is Sought (190726)

Westcliff University and others are seeking the federal court to quickly approve the sale of Western State College of Law to WU. The approval would allow continuing students to start class in August.

Topic: Western State College of Law
Subtopic: Emergency Motion

Recruiting International Graduate Students in a Challenging Environment (2019)

Inside Higher Ed compile articles that discusses the decline of new international student enrollment in the United States. To increase the number of enrollments, ETS helps with recruitment by reducing barriers and providing free resources for applicants.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: International Recruitment Strategies

Rewriting the Rules for Accreditors (190802)

The Trump Administration wants to loosen college accreditation regulations for for-profit universities that was placed the Obama Administration.

Topic: Accreditor Rule Relaxation
Subtopic: ACICS

Review Finds Promise in ACUE Course on Faculty Teaching (190806)

Over 5,600 faculty members have completed the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) in Effective Teaching Practices. A majority of those surveyed reported that the course relevant to their work and are currently using the methods that were taught in the course.

Topic: Teaching Teachers to Teach
Subtopic: Course

Rising GOP Senator Takes Aim at Higher Ed Elites (190802)

Josh Hawley, a young Senator from Missouri, wants to change how student loans are paid if defaulted and how Pell Grants are offered to students. Although Hawley’s bills seem different, there are already bills introduced in the Senate that would impact academe and student loans.

Topic: Populism
Subtopic: Anti-Higher Education

Schools Counselor Reportedly Flagged Student’s Fake Credentials Year Before Admissions Scandal Broke (190731)

Before the college admission scandal involving celebrities and millionaires broke out, a guidance counselor from the Buckley School flagged the student’s credentials. In the student’s application, it states that he was African-American and tennis player but the student was white and never played competitive tennis.

Topic: Student Documents
Subtopic: Misinformation

Segregation has Soared in America’s Schools as Federal Leaders Largely Looked Away (190708)

The Democratic Presidential debate on June 27 helped bring school segregation and busing to the public’s consciousness. The 1970s federal busing mandates helped integrate schools, but school segregation is still an issue that is affecting millions of students. The debate regarding school integration involves whether federal government should provide more funding in alleviating segregation.

Topic: K-12 Education
Subtopic: Increased Segregation: 1989-2019 Tech News (190711)

The newsletter contains stories and resources regarding the world of technology. It details upcoming events and information describing tech companies.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: Technology in Southern California

SSRN Citations And Reference Service (N.D.)

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is an open-access repository site that specializes in research in the social sciences and humanities. The specific link takes you to the search engine where you can find scholarly research and papers in the mentioned fields.

Topic: Databases
Subtopic: Research Papers – Applied Science, Health Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences”

STEM Class Size and Women’s Participation (190726)

According to a study by BioScience, women participate more in small-sized classrooms and when the instructor uses more diverse teaching strategies.

Topic: STEM
Subtopic: Class Size

Student Success Story: Reaping the Benefits of Online Student Associations and Clubs at Saint Leo U (190719)

Saint Leo University has launched an online student organizations that has given students the opportunity to have virtual meetings. The feedback for these online organizations and clubs have been positive and have led to higher retention, networking opportunities, and a sense of community.

Topic: Student Associations and Clubs
Subtopic: Virtual Meetings

Taking Relentless Ownership of Student Success to Maximize Re-Enrollment (190729)

Texas A&M wants to help students who have withdrawn from college to find more pathways for re-enrollment. The university has joined ReUp to address this issue by reconnecting with these students through a student-centric system.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Re-enrollment of dropouts

Textbook Spending Continues Slow Decline (190725)

On average, college students are spending less on their textbooks compared to last year. One possibility for the decline in spending on textbooks is due to more students renting their textbooks instead of purchasing them.

Topic: Textbooks
Subtopic: Spending

The 5 Most Influential Vizzes Of All Time (N.D.)

Tableau ranks the five most influential visualizations of all-time. The most influential visualization is a chart of biography by Joseph Priestley, 18th century charts that document the history of major civilizations of the world and famous individuals.

Topic: Visualizations
Subtopic: Historic Impact

The End of Note Taking? (190807)

Speech-to-text technologies are being used to transcribe notes in the classroom. Proponents of the technology argue that this will give students more time to ask questions and be more active in the classroom.

Topic: Note Taking
Subtopic: Digital Transcription

The Need For Outside Jobs In Grad School (190703)

Working an outside job while studying for a Ph.D. is frowned upon or even prohibited at some universities. Due to the meager graduate stipend, it is difficult for some to live off the given funds without having an outside job. Furthermore, having a job while working towards a Ph.D. allows them to develop a bigger network and have experience outside academe.

Topic: Regulations – Higher Ed
Subtopic: Grad School Employment Prohibition

The Next Wave of Online Education (N.D.)

The paper discusses the three major online education markets: 1) Graduate and Professional Online Education; 2) Online Courses for Traditional Undergraduates; and 3) Fully Online Undergraduates. The next wave of online education is moving towards a blend of both online and face-to-face education for mostly non-traditional adult learners.

Topic: Online Education Disruptions
Subtopic: Blended Learning Experiences

The Number of People Applying To Law School is Up Again This Year, Proving the ‘Trump Bump’ is More Than Just a Fleeting Trend (190805)

According to the Law School Admissions COuncil, law school applications have risen by 3.3 percent. The number of students taking the LSATs is also up this year by 7.3 percent.

Topic: Enrollment
Subtopic: Law School

The ‘Public Charge’ Rule and Higher Ed (190813)

The Trump administration has expanded the definition of ‘public charge’ which would make it more difficult for immigration who receive government assistance to become permanent residents. The decision might deter international students from enrolling at U.S. universities and colleges.

Topic: Federal Rules
Subtopic: Discriminatory Policies

To Be Test Optional or Not to Be, for International Students (190722)

It is sometimes difficult to determine whether international students are required to take standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT, for college admission. Issues arise whether SAT or ACT scores are a valid determinant for good performance in college.

Topic: Tests for Admissions
Subtopic: SAT/ACT Tests

Transcript Revolution (190729)

Some high schools are moving away from traditional transcripts to a mastery transcript. Instead of just grades, a mastery transcript gives an interactive display of the students’ knowledge and profile.

Topic: Admissions
Subtopic: Mastery (gradeless) Transcripts

Trump Administration’s Take on Transparency and Deregulation (190711)

Instead of increasing regulations for colleges, the Trump administration has been relying on transparency, such as releasing more data, and the market to make colleges more accountable for their performances. Under the Obama administration, more regulations and sanctions were implemented to safeguard students from faltering on their student loans and college performance.

Topic: Transparency in Higher Education
Subtopic: Data Accessibility

United States Census Bureau July Newsletter (190711)

The United States Census Bureau sent out its July 2019 newsletter on July holidays and anniversaries. The newsletter discusses World Population Day, Bastille Day, the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, and summer. Furthermore, the newsletter contains “stats for stories” detailing holidays and stories with interesting statistics.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: Statistics – Events and Observances

Understanding the Faculty Role in Digital Accessibility (190315)

Experts on digital accessibility discuss their views on the issue.

Topic: Faculty
Subtopic: Digital Accessibility

U.S. News Removes UC Berkeley, 4 Other Schools from Ranking (190801)

UC Berkeley and four other universities were removed from U.S. News university rankings due to knowingly misrepresenting their data. UC Berkeley is now unranked whereas before it was a top 20 university.

Topic: Rankings
Subtopic: Misinformation

Virginia Goes Big on Cloud Degrees (191001)

Amazon Web Services is partnering with more Virginia community colleges and universities through cloud computing. The partnership allows students to develop employable skills through practical training.

Topic: Cloud Technology
Subtopic: Amazon Web Services Partnerships

Want to Reach All of Your Students? (190724)

Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive, Advice Guide The article provides key student loan statistics. For example, according to the data, the average student loan debt for Bachelor degree recipients is $29,900.

Topic: (Inclusive) Teaching Techniques
Subtopic: Diversity Embracement

Want to Reach All of Your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive (190722)

The article provides advice for making teaching more inclusive for students. The article discusses the principles of inclusive teaching, ways to interact inclusively, ideas for inclusive course design, and to determine whether it is working.

Topic: Teaching Inclusivity
Subtopic: Embracing Student Diversity

Washington Update, July, 2019 (1906)

The newsletter discusses the important news and events occuring in the U.S. Education Department and congress. The newsletter explains the senate hearings and hires involving higher education in Washington.

Topic: Newsletter
Subtopic: Federal HE Information

Westcliff University “Delighted” to Move Ahead with Acquiring Western State College of Law (190809)

Westcliff University has officially purchased Western State College of Law School after a federal judge in Ohio approved the sale.

Topic: Western State College of Law
Subtopic: Purchase of College

What’s in a Microcredential? (190611)

There is a growing interest in microcredential from both students and higher education institutions. Microcredentials are given to help develop and/or enhance professional skills.

Topic: Microcredential
Subtopic: Marketplace

What is eSports? A look at an explosive Billion-dollar Industry (180827)

eSports has become a billion-dollar industry where competitors can make millions competing. Viewerships are in the millions and the industry is exponentially growing.

Topic: eSports
Subtopic: Growth

What’s the Trump Effect on International Enrollment? Report Finds New Foreign Students are Dwindling. (181113)

According to the data, new enrollment of international students at colleges and universities fell more than 6 percent since last academic year, which is more than double than previously thought. One theory for the drop is due to President Trump’s policies and rhetoric towards immigrants.

Topic: F1 Students
Subtopic: Trump Impact

When Building an Esports Arena, CPUs Are an Important Consideration (190712)

To be competitive in Esports, teams must have up-to-date hardware that can compete against other teams. Most important, university teams must invest in high-end computer processing units to help with the speed and frame rates of the games.

Topic: Esports Arenas
Subtopic: Computer Processing Units

Why Micro-Internships Are the Next Big Thing When It Comes to the Future of Education & Work (190701)

Briony Davies argues for more opportunities for companies to offer micro-internships. Micro-internships allow individuals to fit their schedule around work and school better than traditional long-term internships and the former is more aligned with their future of work.

Topic: Internships
Subtopic: Short-term Work Experienceship Placements

With Badges, Colleges Take a Hard Look at Teaching Soft Skills (190801)

Companies are not finding employee candidates with soft skills that the former finds valuable and important. One solution is microcredentials, a badge that indicates the employee have the soft skills necessary to succeed.

Topic: Microcredentials
Subtopic: Employer Needs