Friday, October 9, 2015

Kansas Board of Regents: Enrollment figures show decrease of higher education students across state - Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital Journal

Overall there was a decrease of 890 students, minus 0.94 percent, compared to the preliminary census day count in 2014. Kansas State University saw a decrease in the number of enrollments, 620 students, which is minus 2.5 percent. Wichita State University had a decrease of 508 students, which is minus 3.39 percent, and Pittsburg State University saw a decrease of 235 students, which is minus 3.14 percent. Emporia State University and Washburn University both had nearly flat enrollment. Emporia had a decrease of 20 students, and Washburn University increased by six students. Enrollment was down across the state’s 19 community colleges with a reported decrease of 2,165 students or minus 2.90 percent.

Curry College embraces online MBA classes amid enrollment, revenue declines - Eric Convey, Boston Business Journal

Facing significant enrollment challenges in two graduate programs, Curry College moved some MBA offerings to the Internet beginning this academic year and recently began to insist that masters of education students take part in what’s called a “cohort” system designed to encourage faster graduation. A spokeswoman for the Milton college said the changes are a response to shifts in student demand. She said the move also helps explain drops in traditional on-campus enrollment, as fewer students take occasional courses without clear plans for competing their programs.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels explains new student loan program to members of Congress - Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star

Members of Congress had multiple questions Wednesday about the income share agreements Purdue University President Mitch Daniels hopes to offer as an alternative to traditional student loans. Would students from disadvantaged backgrounds be able to attract the investors who will pay for their degree in exchange for a share of future income? Why should students with income share agreements be able to discharge them by filing for bankruptcy when they can't do that with traditional student loans? Could the program serve as a guide to students about what degrees are most in demand in the marketplace?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stalemate: Illinois entering 4th month without budget - Kurt Erickson, Pantagraph

Southern Illinois University, for example, recently announced a series of a program cuts designed to ensure the institution can continue operating into the new year. Eastern Illinois University saved about $10 million through a series of cost-cutting measures enacted in the summer, including employee furloughs, attrition and reductions to athletic programs. "We know that this cannot go on like this," Brady said. At issue is the Republican governor's insistence that Democrats approve a number of pro-business, anti-union proposals before he signs off on a tax increase designed to balance the budget.

Senators not back until October 20th; Analysts ponder breaking point of budget impasse - Illinois News Network

Will it take someone dying or maybe a credit downgrade to end the budget impasse in Illinois? A couple of analysts are wondering what it will take to bring lawmakers together to pass a budget approaching the beginning of the fourth month of the new fiscal year without a spending plan in place. David Yepsen, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, speculates productivity is already taking a hit at departments and social service agencies because of the ongoing impasse.

College of Charleston contends with $1.5 million budget shortfall - Paul Bowers, Post and Courier

The College of Charleston must make spending cuts this year to deal with a $1.5 million budget shortfall, according to a college spokesman. School leaders have not yet decided where they will trim spending, but they do know the reason for the shortage: Not enough out-of-state students enrolled this year, meaning that the college is missing out on revenue from those students’ higher tuition rates. The undergraduate tuition rate for nonresident students at C of C is $28,444 a year, compared to $10,900 for in-state students.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Drury plans to cut academic budget by $3 million, mostly in personnel - Claudette Riley, News-Leader

As students talk about staging sit-ins to save faculty jobs, Drury University is taking steps to explain why deep cuts in personnel — an estimated $3 million between this year and next — are necessary. Top officials sent emails to students, faculty and staff and sat down with the News-Leader to outline immediate plans to save money by cutting positions and long-range plans to reverse more than a decade of declining enrollment. They also wanted to quash rumors, which they say are unfounded. They denied there are plans to eliminate more faculty positions this year, cut any programs or abandon the liberal arts mission that is integral to the university’s identity.

State budget standoff impacting grant money for college students - Reuben Jones, WREX

Students that receive monetary award program money, or MAP grants for tuition, and other college expenses, have not seen a dollar since the semester started. The reason for the hold up is the budget stalemate. "We are just trying to lessen the blow so that students aren't receiving any bills for tuition or books based on this pending funding," said Rock Valley College Financial Aid Director James Heller. RVC chose to offset the costs for students this fall and so did Rockford University. But some colleges say they can't afford to do that. "The college wasn't in the financial situation to front load or honor those dollars upfront and so we decided....not to give that money out until the...state came to an agreement.," Harris said.

Coursera, Udacity And The Future of Credentials - Ryan Craig, Forbes

Two high-profile companies are pursuing a badge-based future: Coursera and Udacity. Both began their lives as providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). While some figured out quickly that there was no business model to support credential-less online learning, it took the companies a bit longer. Udacity pivoted first in 2013, announcing “Nanodegrees” developed in partnership with leading technology companies (“built by industry”). The thinking being that Google’s involvement in the Android Developer Nanodegree improves the curriculum; the Google brand doesn’t hurt either. Udacity has done the same with iOS (Apple), Tech Entrepreneur (Google) and its other programs (by a committee of leading technology lights). For its part, Coursera is betting on content and brands from top universities. Coursera launched its “Specializations” in 2014 and now offers 75 different programs, the vast majority from a single university.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Calvin College recommends cutting programs in humanities, languages and arts - Brian McVicar, mLive

Citing declining student interest, Calvin College administrators are recommending the elimination of programs in theater, art history and the languages of German, Greek and Latin. The architecture minor is also recommended for elimination. Academic minors in the other programs will remain in place. The proposed program cuts are part of the Christian college's efforts to improve its financial standing after long-term debt grew to $115 million in 2012, a level administrators said was unsustainable.

New U of I President Says Budget Impasse Could Have Long-Term Implications - Greg Sapp, the X Radio

Illinois' budget impasse harms an economic engine with solutions for the state's economic problems, the new University of Illinois president told the Illinois Farm Bureau board last week in Bloomington. “In my mind, you can’t tax or cut your way out,” said President Timothy Killeen. “You grow your way out of it with a 21st century, can-do, know-how economy ... Illinois needs an innovative ecosystem, and we want to be the engine.” Asked about recently announced cuts to U of I crop research farms, Killeen said the step was “a budget-constraint decision made in ACES (the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) ... It’s a harbinger of what we’re facing if higher education is not in the budget.” The Brownstown crop research farm was among those closed.

SIU releases details of $13.5M budget reduction - Sarah Halasz Graham, the Southern

Recent budget cuts at Southern Illinois University will impact everything from student-worker opportunities to research resources and on-campus events. University officials announced this past week the details of the $13.5 million trimming-down, which goes into effect in mid-October. The cuts impact departments from a broad cross-section of the university, from Intercollegiate Athletics to Morris Library. SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said the move was unavoidable, given a reduction in funding based on lower enrollment this year and stalemate on budget talks in Springfield.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Budget impasse forcing midstate Pennsylvania colleges to 'cover' students' bills, offer loans - Larry Portzline, Central Penn Business Journal

This past week, I emailed a few midstate colleges to ask how they're dealing with students who haven't yet received their PHEAA grants due to the state budget stalemate. The fall semester is already a month old, so I wanted to know if schools are doing anything special to accommodate students' unpaid tabs. The idea actually came from an administrator at one area college who volunteered how this particular institution was handling the matter and wondered aloud (via email, actually) what other colleges and universities were doing.

Administrator optimistic for Eastern, state budget - Cassie Buchman, Daily Eastern

Although the state budget for Illinois has not been passed yet, the university is still operating without one. Paul McCann, the vice president of business affairs, said right now the lacking state budget does not affect the university as a whole. “Eventually, when we use all of the tuition money at that point then it will have some effect because then I need those dollars to pay people to run the university,” he said. McCann said although they have tuition money now, it will run out at some point this year.

State Budget Impasse Impacting College Students Throughout Illinois - Pari Cruz, My State Line

More than 100-thousand students statewide have not gotten their MAP grants. "Some of our students, the MAP grant makes up a good portion of their tuition money,” said Joe King, the Assistant Director of NIU’s Media and Public Relations. “So without the MAP grant, we know for a fact that there are many students on campus who wouldn't be able to continue." MAP grants are direct aid to students from the state that they don't have to pay back. Students like Moe Lincoln- who says the only way she could stay in school would be to borrow more. "Take out more loans which I'm already enough in debt,” said the senior. “So the grant really shifts to being not as much in debt."

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lake Superior State University Faces Budget Deficit - By Cassie Daszko, 9 and 10 news

Lake Superior state university school officials are scrambling to figure out the schools nearly $3-million deficit. That's after they found that tuition receipts at the school were $2.5 million down from expected numbers. Vice President for Finance Sherry Brooks says the school has “a hole to fill and some work to do on” the 2015-16 fiscal year budget. Some of the schools 120 degree programs with lower enrollment will be looked over. Staffing will also get a look over for possible savings.

Not Worth It?: New Gallup-Purdue Poll Finds Experiential Learning Valued - Jake New, Inside Higher Ed

Just half of college alumni “strongly agree” that their education was worth what they paid for it, according to the newest data from an ongoing Gallup-Purdue University study of college graduates. Among graduates who took out student loans of any amount, 33 percent said they strongly agreed that their education was worth what they spent. As their amount of student debt increased, the graduates were less likely to see the value of their education. Also making a difference, the survey found, is the amount of experiential learning opportunity a student has while in college. If recent graduates had experienced either “an internship related to their studies, active involvement in extracurricular activities or a project that took a semester or more to complete,” they were 1.5 times more likely to strongly agree that their education was worth their expenditures.

Empire Editorial: UA's budget strategy is akin to climate change denial - Juneau Empire

There are two ways to address an unpleasant truth: You can confront it, or you can deny it. The University of Alaska has chosen the latter course.Last week, university administrators presented their fiscal year 2017 budget proposal to the UA Board of Regents. The budget proposal, expected to be approved in November, calls for $27 million more from the state.With the state facing a multibillion-dollar gap between revenue and expenses, and the state’s Office of Management and Budget saying the university should expect a $15.8 million DECREASE, the university system is preparing its budget based on an expectation that the Alaska Legislature will provide an INCREASE.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cheng reports building constraints, financial worries to regents - CORINA VANEK, Arizona Daily Sun

In a report to the Arizona Board of Regents, Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng detailed the effects of recent budget cuts on the university, including less classroom space for students and deferred maintenance she said would result in higher costs in the future. Cheng said space constraints are a growing issue as the university continues to see record-breaking freshman class sizes, and said the construction of the engineering building cannot be postponed forever.

Illinois state budget affecting local university - Shanae Glasgow, WGEM

Officials at Western Illinois University say there's no money from the state to pay for repairs needed on campus. Vice President for Administrative Services, Julie DeWees says state funding has been decreasing since 2002. The school is holding off on $500 million in repairs. Budget Director Matt Bierman says the state owes the university $13.6 million, which has been building up since 2004.

University budget cuts affect entire region - Bud Foster, Tucson News Now

The federal sequester which cut defense by 20 percent, has impacted Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Raytheon considerably, and that has rippled throughout the economy. There have also been budget cuts on the state level, which have eliminated more than $200 million from the University of Arizona's budget. The UA announced another round of cuts of $28 million, and the elimination of 320 positions. "That means less purchases at the grocery store, movies, restaurants, really a whole host of business in the local economy," Hammond said. For Tucson the solution is twofold.