Biden picks Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Ed Secretary

Dive Brief: President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday tapped Miguel Cardona, the chief of Connecticut’s public schools, to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Cardona, a Latino man with two decades of experience in K-12 schools, fulfills Biden’s pledge to pick an Education Secretary with deep roots in public education.  But Cardona, who does not have a … Read more

5 higher education trends to watch in 2021

We’re all hoping some degree of pre-pandemic life will return in 2021. But for higher education, many of the trends that dominated storylines in 2020 will continue into this year. We’ve rounded up a few below and will be following them throughout the year. Will enrollment bounce back? Colleges collectively enrolled about 560,000 fewer undergraduates … Read more

How are community colleges paying for guided pathways?

Bill Seymour, the president of Cleveland State Community College, is a big proponent of an emerging educational model for two-year schools that’s meant to improve student outcomes. Called guided pathways, the approach uses intensive advising and highly structured programs to help students complete their studies without taking unnecessary courses or falling off track.  The approach … Read more

Our biggest stories of 2020

The coronavirus dominated higher education headlines this year. But it wasn’t the only topic we covered. We took a spin through our archives to spotlight a dozen stories that dig deep into some of the biggest trends at play over the last 12 months. Amazon Web Services has been helping dozens of four-year colleges create … Read more

Biden expected to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Ed Secretary

Dive Brief: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to tap Miguel Cardona, the chief of Connecticut’s public schools, to lead the U.S. Department of Education, according to media reports. Cardona, a Latino man with two decades of experience in K-12 schools, fulfills Biden’s pledge to pick an Education Secretary with deep roots in public education.  But … Read more

What makes MacKenzie Scott’s gifts to colleges different from other donations

Dive Brief:  Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gave more than $800 million to colleges in donations announced this week, according to one count, with a focus on small institutions and those that serve large shares of minority and low-income students. The gifts are unusual beyond their size, higher education experts said. Scott doesn’t appear to have … Read more

Is the pandemic changing how much the public values college?

Many who work in higher education are familiar with the smears: Colleges are liberal bulwarks that advance “cancel culture,” and professors want to brainwash students and stamp out conservatism.  It’s a narrative right-wing media reinforced over the last several years and one experts say contributes to eroding public trust in postsecondary education.  There are other, … Read more