College football couldn’t outlast COVID-19. Will men’s basketball succeed?

When the Big Ten and Pac-12 said they would forgo football this fall, the assumption was other conferences would follow their lead.  They did not.  Financial and political pressures from sources as influential as President Donald Trump won out. Every major football conference elected to play this fall, including the Big Ten and Pac-12, and … Read more

College completion rate stays flat: report

Dive Brief: The pace at which students are finishing college continues to slow, according to new data showing the six-year graduation rates of undergraduate learners who started in the fall of 2014. Slight decreases in completion rates among traditional-age and community college students drove the slowdown, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which … Read more

Knight Commission recommends separate oversight for top college football programs

 Dive Brief: A group of college athletics reformers is recommending governance of top football programs be spun off from the NCAA and handled by a separate entity. The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which is independent of the NCAA, is proposing that the new body oversee football teams within the Football Bowl Subdivision, which comprises … Read more

Bennett College inches closer to getting a new accreditor

Dive Brief:  Bennett College, a women-only historically Black school in North Carolina, is a step closer to finding a new accreditor after briefly losing accreditation around two years ago.  The school has gained candidate status with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, which mostly accredits small, religious colleges. Bennett could become fully accredited … Read more

Why 4-year colleges are tapping Amazon to help deliver cloud computing degrees

Hassan Asqiriba, a computer science student from Mexico, dreams of working for Amazon Web Services or helping businesses use the cloud once he finishes his master’s degree at California State University Channel Islands.  That’s why this winter, Asqiriba plans to take one of the university’s several cloud computing courses, which it launched with the help … Read more

Taking a holistic approach to quality learning institution-wide

How do we keep our students actively engaged in a remote learning environment? Four months into this COVID-era academic year and this question still lingers for higher education administrators and faculty. The answer to student engagement lies in creating a quality learning environment. One that goes beyond simply considering which course materials to use, but … Read more

What role could colleges have in distributing coronavirus vaccines?

Dive Brief: Colleges will likely play a big role in distributing coronavirus vaccinations to their students and employees as well as the public, health experts predict.  Institutions have helped research a vaccine and campuses have functioned as trial sites. Leaders of a couple of historically Black colleges also urged their students to participate in the … Read more

College network debuts framework to serve diverse student bodies

Dive Brief:  The Presidents Forum, a network of 17 colleges, recently released a framework to help higher education institutions serve an increasingly diverse student body.  The 10 principles comprising the framework include providing more transparency around programs’ return on investment, partnering with employers and alternative education providers, and offering a variety of credentials such as … Read more

Catholic college petition shows continued resistance to budget cuts

Dive Brief: A group of students, employees and unions from at least 17 Catholic colleges signed a petition urging their institutions to preserve faculty and staff jobs and to not “needlessly shed” core academic programs. Coronavirus-related budget cuts have sparked several other faculty and student movements, and one prominent faculty association recently launched an investigation into … Read more

U of Arizona finalizes Ashford acquisition. What’s next?

Dive Brief: The University of Arizona announced Tuesday that it completed its acquisition of Ashford University, a for-profit online college with some 35,000 students. Craig Swenson, previously Ashford’s president, will lead the new entity, which will be called the University of Arizona Global Campus. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to review the deal … Read more