June 3, 2020
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, college faculty may have felt a little lost as to how to transfer their face-to-face classes online. Now, a few months in, they may feel inundated with advice. A new “playbook” aims to strike the middle ground between offering higher ed instructors and institutions too much information about teaching remotely and offering too little. Called “Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19,” the guide is organized into short chapters that offer insight at three levels
April 16, 2020
Six major higher education groups issued a set of principles Thursday for accepting academic credit during this tumultuous time. The statement, drafted by the American Council on Education and signed by the leaders of groups representing public, private nonprofit and community colleges, highlights eight practices institutions should follow to best help students navigate the transfer of credit process -- which is difficult to negotiate in the best of times -- during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 27, 2020
The U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package late Wednesday meant to blunt the economic fallout from the coronavirus, but higher education leaders say the roughly $14 billion it gives the sector falls far short of what is needed to support institutions. Of the money earmarked for higher ed, more than $1 billion is reserved for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, many of which enroll a significant number of low-income students.
March 26, 2020
Advocates who have been pushing for student loan debt to be canceled were disappointed that, even with a $2.2 trillion price tag, the stimulus package approved by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday night doesn’t do more. The president of the umbrella association representing colleges and universities also expressed disappointment, saying the amount of aid for higher education institutions in the bill is “woefully inadequate.”
February 26, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Association for Institutional Research (AIR) have selected Oakland University as one of 12 universities to take part in a nationwide initiative to further student success goals by increasing data literacy on campus. Facilitated through the APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative, OU and other universities will have 20 staff and faculty members trained by the AIR’s Data Literacy Institute on how to read and analyze data.
February 11, 2020
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released Monday, received praise and condemnation from those involved in higher education. The plan could particularly impact Georgia’s 22 technical colleges and its nine accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
February 7, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Association for Institutional Research (AIR) are teaming up for a pilot that will provide data literacy training to APLU member campuses. The Data Literacy Institute, funded by a $670,000 grant from Ascendium Education Group, will offer coursework developed by AIR on the use of data to boost student success.
February 7, 2020
Oakland University has been selected to participate in a Data Literacy Institute project aimed at increasing the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates. "Data collection and analysis are key components of all student success initiatives," said Dr. Anne Hitt, associate provost and associate professor of biological sciences at OU. "We can use data to determine which student success tactics or programs are the most cost-effective in helping different student populations graduate on-time in their chosen major with minimal debt."
January 13, 2020
During the recession last decade, the University of Rhode Island (URI) lost $26 million in state support over a three-year period. That loss represented about a third of its state appropriation, posing a major threat to URI’s future. But the university used its budget crisis as a spur to revamp undergraduate education and focus on increasing student progress and graduation rates.
January 8, 2020
It’s not hard to find folks in higher education talking about the challenges of getting more rural students to and through college. It’s the solutions that are more elusive. Yet after I wrote about this issue in a newsletter last fall, readers helped to connect me to several ideas worth highlighting. Most notable: Some colleges are beginning to consider their rural students as a separate demographic group and are consciously devising services, such as internships and orientations, especially designed for them. Likewise, I heard about some cool examples in response to my specific question about strategies for improving broadband access, which is one of the biggest and most-obvious barriers right now.