Ed Dept: College free speech still under siege

Dive Brief: The Trump administration is engaging in a final push to eliminate threats it perceives to free speech on college campuses, which some Republicans have framed as liberal bastions inhospitable to conservative views.  Speakers at a U.S. Department of Education event Tuesday unleashed against these biases, alleging a widespread suppression of conservative voices. The … Read more

Far fewer recent high school graduates enrolled in college this fall: report

Dive Brief: The share of recent high school graduates who enrolled in college this fall fell nearly 22% from last year, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. That’s compared to a 2.8% drop in 2019. Students from high-poverty and low-income high schools had the biggest drop in matriculation year-over-year, particularly … Read more

COVID-19 will keep community college revenue down in 2021, Moody’s says

Dive Brief:  Community college enrollment declines will cause those schools’ net tuition revenue to fall between 5% and 15% in the 2021 calendar year, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.  These schools’ public access missions will make them unlikely to raise tuition, exacerbating their budget difficulties, wrote Moody’s analysts. They gave the … Read more

‘Sharp’ pandemic recovery not likely for colleges: report

Dive Brief: A pair of new reports from Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings offers prognoses for the pandemic’s impact on colleges during 2021.  Enrollment volatility will persist, the ratings agencies say. Moody’s predicts net tuition revenue will decline at around 75% of private schools and 60% of publics. Along with lower auxiliary income and … Read more

The Higher Ed Dive Awards for 2020

Deep Dive Colleges are changing the status quo to make curriculum more inclusive Protests this summer increased pressure on institutions to replace words with actions, but internal procedures and budgets can be limiting factors. By Kelly Field • Nov. 24, 2020

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