Watchdog of the Year: The Daily Tar Heel

It was a real “clusterfuck.”  That’s how The Daily Tar Heel’s student journalists described the start of their academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  And they weren’t wrong, technically speaking. In the first week of classes, several coronavirus clusters — defined as five or more cases in proximity — emerged in campus … Read more

Kansas’ community colleges reject proposal to streamline mergers

Dive Brief: Kansas’ community colleges are opposing a proposal that would allow the state’s two-year schools to merge with its four-year institutions without lawmakers’ approval. Current state law mandates that the legislature and the governor sign off on such arrangements. Eliminating this requirement would “give institutions the flexibility to meet the needs of students and … Read more

5 colleges picked to pioneer higher ed options for rural students

Dive Brief:  Education Design Lab, a nonprofit focused on improving the connections between school and work, selected five rural community colleges to create new postsecondary educational pathways.  The participants are the College of Eastern Idaho; Eastern Maine Community College; Finger Lakes Community College, in New York; and Washington State Community College and Zane State College, … Read more

Exponential growth: How technology can increase evaluation and survey participation rates

As colleges and universities continue to expand virtual teaching and learning, the need for dependable, robust technology has become even more clear. The learning management system (LMS) has played a significant role in easing the transition to online learning, creating a place for students to complete coursework and engage with faculty. Because students are spending … Read more

Temple settles for $700K with Ed Dept over false U.S. News rankings data

Dive Brief: Temple University will pay the U.S. Department of Education a $700,000 fine following the agency’s investigation into its business school submitting false data for U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings.  The department argued that the Fox School of Business and Management “knowingly and intentionally” gave incorrect information in an attempt to boost … Read more

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