Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Nationwide undergraduate enrollment numbers decline for second year in a row - Mia Hilkowitz, Indiana Daily Student

A new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center study found that nationwide undergraduate enrollment rates have declined for the second year in a row. There has been a consistent decline since 2020, but the decline has slowed to close to pre-pandemic rates and was not as dramatic as previous years.  The report is part of the research center’s “Stay Informed” series that focuses on enrollment trends since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, across the country higher education institutions saw a decline of 1.1% in undergraduate enrollment for the fall of 2022, resulting in a total two-year decline of 4.2%.  

Enrollment declines in UNC System schools; more expected - Victor Skinner, The Center Square

Total enrollment at UNC System schools declined this year for the first time in nearly a decade, and experts predict more competition for students in years to come. In the 2022 UNC Fall Enrollment Report presented to the UNC System Board of Governors’ Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs last week, total fall 2022 headcount dropped by about 2%. “The fall 2022 total UNC System headcount enrollment was 239,663 students, a decrease of 4,837 students (-1.98 percent) from the previous fall and the lowest total enrollment since fall 2018,” the report read. “New first-time freshman enrollment decreased by 390 (-1.07 percent). New graduate student enrollment decreased by 1,425 (-7.89 percent). New transfer student enrollment declined for the fourth straight year and reached its lowest level since 2013.”

Monday, December 5, 2022

College enrollment is way down. How charter schools are adapting - Max Larkin, WBUR

College application season is officially underway. And after two years of stunted enrollment due to the impacts of the pandemic, high schools across Massachusetts are hoping for a recovery during the current cycle. Some Massachusetts charter schools that specialize in college prep, in particular, are trying to adjust. They're redoubling efforts to check in with students: face-to-face, before and after graduation. At the same time, they're acknowledging that college may not be the best option for many of the young people they serve.

In Our View: Declining college enrollments a troubling omen - The Columbian

In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Workforce Education Investment Act, designed to inject nearly $1 billion into higher education over four years. But even that might not be enough to stem the perfect storm that is swamping American colleges.  Nationally, enrollment in two- and four-year colleges declined 5 percent from spring 2021 to 2022. In Washington, undergraduate enrollment fell 13.5 percent. Perhaps most important, the trend can exacerbate the divide between rural areas and urban areas, and coastal states and inland states. We have seen how such a divide impacts everything from our politics to our economy, increasingly creating two separate Americas.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Judge strikes down Florida’s ‘anti-woke’ law for universities - Nathan M Greenfield, University World News

The legislation, signed into law earlier this year, and dubbed the “Stop the WOKE Act”, was touted by Governor DeSantis and his supporters in the Florida legislature as a way to silence supposed left-wing professors and “cultural Marxists” and rid the state’s lecture halls of such topics as Critical Race Theory, which, they said, teaches students to hate America and forces white students to feel guilty about racial history pre-dating their birth. In his 139-page decision, Judge Mark E Walker of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida came out swinging, quoting George Orwell’s 1984 in his first sentence: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”


Overall enrollment at Oregon public colleges, universities down this fall - Meerah Powell, Oregon Public Broadcasting

That’s not the case for every school. Oregon State reports record enrollment this fall.
Many of Oregon’s public colleges and universities are seeing fewer students this fall compared to last year, according to the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. For some institutions, the decline in enrollment is a continuing trend only heightened by the pandemic. “If you combine all of our public institutions, community colleges and universities – and look at student headcount – fall enrollment is down 1.2% from last year,” said HECC executive director Ben Cannon at a board meeting Thursday.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

As education heads back to classrooms, edtech companies show employees the door - Shohini Mitter, Business Today

Edtech was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the pandemic-induced lockdowns, managing to grow at breakneck speed through 2020 and 2021. With schools and offline coaching centres shut due to Covid-19-related restrictions, India’s 260-million-odd student population took to online learning by the hordes. But come 2022, things would change dramatically. Without the cushion of venture capital and the screen time of locked-down learners, the plans of India’s edtech start-ups have gone haywire. From mass layoffs to suspension of marketing spends to other cost-cutting exercises—one start-up, a unicorn no less, has even stopped providing complimentary snacks and meals in its offices—online education firms are clutching at the last straws for survival.

Amazon Academy: E-tailer giant to shut down online learning service in August 2023 - ARGHANSHU BOSE, TIMESOFINDIA.COM

Amazon, like several other tech companies across the world, are taking steps to be prepared for the upcoming economic downturn. As a part of this preparation, the e-tailer major has already started cutting jobs across multiple divisions and has also asked several Indian employees to resign voluntarily Now, the company has reportedly decided to shut down its Ed-tech service, Amazon Academy, in India. Amazon Academy will stop working in the country from August 2023. The report also mentions that the company will refund the full fee to the students who are enrolled in the current academic batch.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Surprisingly large budget gap has Northern Kentucky University students on edge - Todd Dykes, WLWT

There's some concern the budget gap could be even wider than was recently announced without any clear reason why. In his resume posted online via Central Michigan, Alltop said he identified a shortfall of more than $28 million at NKU. WLWT investigator Todd Dykes wanted to find out more about any discrepancy, but NKU officials declined to comment Tuesday.

Academic Senate discusses budget concerns for the 2023-2024 school year - DEENA WICKER, Cal Poly Pomona

A reduction in enrollment presents a decrease in the main portion of the Student Affair’s Budget, as the current base budget is $84 million, with $74 million derived from student fees and $10 million from state funding. As discussed in the Campus Conversation, factors such as the COVID-19 impact, the neglect of non-traditional students and a decrease in high school graduates from low birth rates impose a national decline in post-secondary education.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Cybersecurity incidents cost organizations $1,197 per employee, per year - Tim Keary, Venture Beat

Cybersecurity is an expensive business. To prepare to address sophisticated threat actors, an enterprise needs to maintain a complete security operations center (SOC) filled with state-of-the-art technologies and experienced professionals who know how to identify and mitigate threats. All of these factors add up. According to a new report released by threat prevention provider Perception Point and Osterman Research, organizations pay $1,197 per employee yearly to address cyber incidents across email services, cloud collaboration apps or services, and web browsers. 

Building a Team to Lead in a Crisis: Four Key Steps - Erkia James, Knowledge at Wharton

As a Prepared Leader, you need to be ready to do the following: Make space for other people to stand up, speak up, and contribute as the situation dictates. Let go of your ego and be humble enough to allow others to take the lead as the situation dictates. Let these things happen spontaneously and without obstacles as the situation changes. Building a crisis team is like putting together a puzzle. Each piece should play its role and fit well enough with the others to make a complete picture. The four action steps linked below can be used to guide your efforts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

PROOF POINTS: 861 colleges and 9,499 campuses have closed down since 2004 - Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

Despite high profile stories about the closing of small liberal arts colleges, such as California’s Mills College and Vermont’s Green Mountain College, college closures have actually declined in the past five years. But the numbers may spike again as declining U.S. birth rates soon translate into fewer graduating high schoolers after 2025. First, the numbers. Thirty-five colleges and universities shut down in 2021, a 70 percent decrease from 2016, when a peak of 120 colleges shuttered, according to an analysis of federal data by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO). For-profit operators ran more than 80 percent of the 861 institutions that ceased operations between 2004 and 2021.

Faculty elitism is hurting your institution - Cheryl Hyatt, eCampus News

One of the most pernicious ways we undercut the vital work of higher education is through maintaining a culture of faculty elitism. In most colleges there is a stark division between faculty and professional staff. At its worst, that can lead to costly errors from undervaluing the input of others or noxious work environments where professional staff are treated as underlings. Snobbery on college campuses is one of the most counterproductive things we do.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NC A&T ordered to pay nearly $2M due to large number of out-of-state student enrollments - Amber Lake, WFMV

North Carolina A&T State University is being penalized and fined. In the last two years, the university enrolled too many out-of-state freshmen students.  N.C. A&T has to forfeit nearly $2 million of its current budget. The UNC System voted and made a decision Thursday. The UNC System Board of Governors revised the residency policy years ago to increase the enrollment cap.

Dr. Craig Johnson: Minnesota colleges need more funding support - West Central Tribune

While we are increasing support services and resources to help students manage challenges in their personal life as well as in the classroom, we simply do not have adequate funding to ensure provision of the services and resources necessary to meet students’ needs. Our financial challenges are not a new development. Since 1995, state funding for public higher education in Minnesota has decreased by 47%, while our operating and personnel costs have increased every year.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Budget Cuts to Libraries Limit Crucial Academic Resources - Henry Larson, Oberlin Review

The long and short of it is that we need to be more lenient with the acquisitions budget of the library. I refuse to believe that with its billion-dollar endowment, Oberlin has no room for any sort of discretionary expenses. Hotchkiss mentioned in passing that “the lion’s share of these reductions has taken place over two years instead of five,” which suggested to me that the parties responsible for balancing the budget are being even more uncompromising than they need to be, forcing Oberlin’s libraries to make quick decisions about trimming resources or staff. Thus far, our libraries have tried only to throw the nonessential cargo overboard, but with the way things are going, more drastic measures may have to be taken that limit every student and teacher’s access to important information. Oberlin can’t let it come to that.

Next Chapter Matters – Two More Universities Launch Midlife Programs For Every Budget - Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes

Whether you are retiring with millions in the bank or stuck at midlife desperately dreaming of a career pivot, there may soon be a university program for you. The latest offerings coming to the market are a testament to the diversity that is likely to develop as educational institutions start to respond to ageing societies and the future of work. The idea that you get all the education you need up front in a four-year bundle at 18, should fast fade as careers lengthen towards the six-decade mark and retirement ages drift ever upward.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

University working to address $6 million budget deficit - Grace Beckner, Trevechoesonline

The university cabinet met Sept. 29 to map out a plan to address a $6 million shortfall in the budget. Trevecca President Dan Boone said this deficit will be handled through attempts to increase revenue and decrease spending. “There are a lot of moving pieces in that,” he said.

Colorado businesses and colleges should speed path to jobs for students, report says - Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado

College students need more ways to finish classes quickly and learn skills that employers are seeking — and businesses need to do a better job talking to students about career paths at an early age and partnering with colleges and universities so that education leads to better-paying jobs. Those are the conclusions of a recently released report from Colorado Succeeds, an advocacy group made up of education and business groups. Industry and higher education need to work together if students are to have access to opportunity and if businesses are to have the skilled workers they need to grow, the report says.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Less than half of students whose colleges abruptly close go on to enroll elsewhere - Natalie Schwartz, Higher Ed Dive

Less than half of students whose colleges close end up reenrolling in another institution, and only about one-third of that group go on to earn a credential, according to a new analysis from two higher education organizations. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center teamed up with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association to examine how students fare after their colleges close — especially when they do so without warning. Their findings suggest that closures add to the population of students who leave college without earning credentials.