Analysis: hundreds of colleges and universities show financial warning signs

The Hechinger Report

Dozens of colleges and universities nationwide started 2020 already under financial stress. Our analysis of the stress test results found: Nationwide, more than 500 colleges and universities show warning signs in two or more metrics. Colleges in Crisis.

More colleges and universities outsource services to for-profit companies

The Hechinger Report

The Tufts University campus was a quiet place in the fall, where students were scolded to stay in their dorms, checked frequently for Covid-19 and — if they tested positive — quarantined in modular housing set up on the tennis courts. Estimated annual spending by colleges and universities.


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A regional public university’s identity crisis

The Hechinger Report

Given current circumstances, Richard Vedder, an economics professor emeritus at Ohio University, has decided to teach his fall course, “Economic History of Europe,” for a salary of $1. He says the university’s quality of education has declined, leaving the campus with “a crisis on our hands.”

10 Best US Colleges for Computer Science

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re a senior in HS looking to continue your tech education, we have a list of the ten best colleges that will help you perfect your skills: 10 Best Colleges in the USA to Study Computer Science. 2 Stanford University. 3 Harvard University. 8 Cornell University.

Why so few students transfer from community colleges to four-year universities

The Hechinger Report

Students are often advised to start college at a public community college as a way to save thousands of dollars on a bachelor’s degree. When they first arrive, about 80 percent of community college students say they want to earn a bachelor’s degree.

As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift


The low figure and big name of the university offering it raised eyebrows across higher ed at a time when much of online education was seen as a watered down and commoditized version of on-campus instruction. Five years later, colleges are offering a range of fully online credentials — and they continue to move beyond one-off programs. The ongoing effort to scale is changing the way colleges bring online education to market. A cool $6,630.

3 Steps Colleges and Universities Can Take to Improve Campus Conditions Amid a Pandemic

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Brian Miller College enrollment was down this fall due to fears of COVID-19. Purdue University, for example, put testing protocols in place and installed Plexiglas barriers in classrooms.

Universities gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

Simmons College in Boston made headlines this week with the news that two online graduate degree programs it launched less than five years ago are on track to generate more tuition revenue than its 30 other graduate programs combined and nearly as much as its undergraduate offerings. In concert with that observation, just last week the Clayton Christensen Institute released new research by Alana Dunagan titled “ College Transformed: Five institutions leading the charge in innovation.”

Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms


This, after all, is the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that aids curriculum designers and educators in ensuring that all learners receive the accommodations that are needed to help them excel in school. Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms.

OPINION: We must invest in engines of opportunity, our public colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

Were it not for the community college course in fire science that he took as an adult, Carter wouldn’t have had access to any education after the vocational track in which he was placed in high school, nor would he have been able to advance in his work.

Colleges are withholding transcripts and degrees from millions over unpaid bills

The Hechinger Report

BOSTON — Gabriel Toro choked up behind his mask as he described the lengths it took him to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Related: Strapped for students, colleges finally begin to clear transfer logjam.

PROOF POINTS: COVID has been bad for college enrollment — but awful for community college students

The Hechinger Report

When the coronavirus hit in the spring of 2020, student surveys indicated that four-year colleges would be hit the hardest this fall, with many students turning to cheaper two-year community colleges until the pandemic ended. Will these students resume their college careers?

Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

There is a lot of conversation about college vs. career–the pros and cons of each weighed against the needs of individual students. Why would such a person interested in a tech career spend thousands of dollars to go to college instead of learning at home?

Colleges face reckoning as plummeting birthrate worsens enrollment declines

The Hechinger Report

Only bird songs penetrate the silence on the neatly tended but deserted grounds of Becker College. The college, which traces its origins to 1784, held its last-ever commencement this spring after a steady erosion of enrollment. The campus of the University of Iowa.

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The Unintended Consequences of Universal Preschool


trillion American Families Plan is its ambitious proposal to create something tantamount to universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. thanks to measures approved in the November 2020 election, though these plans will take some time to become truly universal.

In Massachusetts, public colleges send debt collectors after nearly 12,000 students

The Hechinger Report

Back when he was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, James Smith fell behind on his final housing payment after his family in Minnesota ran into financial problems. Smith said he promised to repay the university, but the registrar withheld his transcript anyway.

Pressure mounts for universities to anticipate in-demand jobs

The Hechinger Report

We are almost at crisis mode,” said Perlmutter, who directs the phlebotomy program at Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College. Only 11 percent of business leaders in a Gallup poll said college graduates were effectively prepared for the workforce.

Colleges fight attempts to stop them from withholding transcripts over unpaid bills

The Hechinger Report

But the academic transcript Harris needs for a promotion and a raise is being kept from him by the private college he attended because of a balance he owes for expenses he didn’t know weren’t covered by financial aid. Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York.

Some universities’ response to budget woes: Making faculty teach more courses

The Hechinger Report

An English professor at Southern Connecticut State University, Cynthia Stretch is used to meeting after hours with her students, many of whom work full time while in college. Related: More colleges and universities outsource services to for-profit companies.

Some colleges and universities are bringing the classroom to the workplace

The Hechinger Report

Student Chris Provencher sharpening the edges of a ski in a rental shop where he works as part of Castleton University’s resort and hospitality management program, taught at the Killington ski area. “We Another university teaches fermentation at a brewery.

The pandemic is speeding up the mass disappearance of men from college

The Hechinger Report

Debrin Adon, a senior at the University Park Campus School in Worcester, Massachusetts. His male classmates “don’t think they’re smart enough” for college, Adon says. When he and his male classmates talk about going to college, said Debrin Adon, it always comes down to one thing.

How Universities Should Manage Innovation

The Christensen Institute

Innovation has reached buzzword status inside colleges and universities. College costs have continued to rise even as the average applicant is less able to pay, which has called into question many colleges’ sustainability. As innovation becomes a major part of colleges and universities’ strategies, creating processes to manage it is vital. The first step involves clarifying a university’s goals.

OPINION: How to use university endowments for coronavirus recovery

The Hechinger Report

In the face of the coronavirus, some courageous university leaders have stepped up to protect their students, their employees and their communities. university endowments exceeds the most recent Covid-19 relief package passed by Congress.

As students fill summer courses, many ask: Why aren’t all colleges open in the summers?

The Hechinger Report

The University of La Verne in Southern California has had twice as many traditional undergraduates sign up for the summer as it did last year. You won’t know it from their mostly empty campuses, but colleges and universities will be bustling this summer.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology (and some cool tools for the college classroom)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about implementing new technology and some cool tools he’s using in his college classroom. Dr. Joshua Elliott Director of Educational Technology Fairfield University I am the Director of Educational Technology at Fairfield University.

COLUMN: The high school-college hybrid that jumpstarts careers

The Hechinger Report

Last month he became his family’s first college graduate. He now has plenty of career options, no debt and a diploma from Cornell University. The book is being published this month by Teachers College Press; The Hechinger Report is an independent unit of Teachers College).

Activists question whether wealthy universities should be exempt from property taxes

The Hechinger Report

When the University of Pennsylvania said it would pay $10 million a year for 10 years to address environmental hazards in Philadelphia’s public schools, Gerald Campano’s reaction was complicated. “Of But since the 1970s, nonprofit universities have grown and municipal budgets have declined.

Colleges weighed down by failed program launches

The Christensen Institute

As many colleges and universities face not only the financial strains stemming from COVID-19, but also the challenges of a broken business model that was in peril before the pandemic, many have sought to dig themselves out by launching new programs that generate new revenue.

Colleges hoping for more public funds instead of innovating risk hurting themselves

The Christensen Institute

University of California President Janet Napolitano took recently to the pages of the Washington Post to review and critique new books on the future of higher education by University Ventures Fund Managing Director Ryan Craig ( College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education ) and New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program Director Kevin Carey ( The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere ).

Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

The oldest members of Generation Z — defined by Pew Research as those born after 1997 — are on the cusp of adulthood, and while they’re ready for college, are universities really ready for them? And in a few years, this generation will overtake Millennials as the primary demographic enrolled in college. For instance, the Monmouth University basketball team’s viral bench celebrations started on the school’s Snapchat. Guest article by Dan Lauer.

Burnout symptoms increasing among college students

The Hechinger Report

Students returning to college campuses this fall may experience a transition similar to what astronauts go through when they return to Earth after a mission in outer space. Kim Hirabayashi, professor of clinical education, University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

OPINION: The pandemic is wreaking havoc on the path to and from college

The Hechinger Report

President Joe Biden’s call for two years of free community college is upending the debate about postsecondary education. Students walk on campus at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. American Families Plan funding will address the hurdles many college-goers face.

Mandatory advising looks more like social work as colleges try to meet student needs during pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Robert Vela, the president of San Antonio College, said it’s a departure from the longstanding belief that because college students are adults, they should be able to independently decide whether to seek guidance and support. “We Fidel Bém, director of advising at San Antonio College.

Students sick of ‘lip service’ from universities over racism

The Hechinger Report

Lourdes Torrey, a rising junior at the University of Missouri, said she doesn’t expect any improvements in the racial climate on her campus in the fall. Related: After colleges promised to increase it, hiring of black faculty declined.

Beer making for credit: Liberal arts colleges add career tech

The Hechinger Report

A Yale-educated evolutionary biologist and a member of the faculty at Catholic, liberal arts-focused Sacred Heart University, Geffrey Stopper also oversees one of its newest courses: Advanced Craft Beverage Brewing. Nursing students at Sacred Heart University. STRATFORD, Conn. —

Saint Leo University plans the nation’s first veteran studies bachelor’s degree program

The Hechinger Report

But a specific degree program to study veterans is being launched this fall at Saint Leo University in central Florida. And it will differ from programs in military studies at colleges around the country, which focus on strategy, military systems and the history of warfare.

Desperate for students, colleges resort to previously banned recruiting tactics

The Hechinger Report

The more they worry about whether students in this year of the coronavirus will show up in the fall, the more admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges and universities have started sounding like the salesmen on late-night TV infomercials. Free classes! Free parking!

Universal Learning as a Civil Right for Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

Research by Columbia University shows the economic burden of this is not just felt by the youth themselves; society loses out when the potential of these youth is not realized. Learners spend at least 50 percent of their time in academic settings preparing for college and careers and at least 40 percent in hands-on job training. The post Universal Learning as a Civil Right for Opportunity Youth appeared first on Digital Promise.

Many University Students Don’t Graduate. Why Not Give Them an Associate Degree?


The initiative, a switch-up on the growing number of community colleges offering four-year degrees , is part of wider efforts to support students and workers who were dealt a blow by the pandemic. The University of New Hampshire offers six associate degrees, mostly in the sciences.

With higher ed in limbo, students are switching to community colleges

The Hechinger Report

Chris Smith wasn’t planning to spend the summer at a community college. He was going to sublet an apartment in Tallahassee and take classes at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he just completed his first year. A math class at a Massachusetts community college.

Can College Predictive Models Survive the Pandemic?


Beyond dramatic change in the number of students who applied and enrolled last year , even familiar data from application materials have become less available, making it tougher for colleges to anticipate how applicants and returning students are likely to behave.

FLVC offering College 101 video series

eSchool News

Tallahassee, FL – April 28, 2021 – The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) is offering a series of videos to help students get all the information they need to prepare, apply, and pay for college. That series was followed up with another virtual College 101 event – Finishing the FAFSA.