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December showed the for-profit sector's troubles are not over. Education Corporation of America (ECA) became the latest major for-profit operator to close abruptly, leaving 20,000 students scrambling to find transfer options or discharge debt. Less than two weeks later, Missouri-based Vatterott Educational Centers (whose deal to sell itself to ECA fell through earlier last year) followed suit. These events happened under an Education Department whose deregulatory agenda is explicitly more sympathetic to for-profits' business models. Regulatory environment aside, poor student...

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Technology in education is a powerful movement that is sweeping through schools nationwide. After all, today's students have grown up with digital technology and expect it to be part of their learning experience. But how much of a role should it play in education? Proponents point out that educational technology offers the potential to engage students in more active learning. It can facilitate group collaboration and provide instant access to up-to-date resources....

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A new higher education advocacy group made its public debut in 2017 with a new federal policy framework and a focus on nontraditional students. “Overall, our policy framework is governed by the idea that our federal policies are out of date,” said Julie Peller, executive director of the new organization, Higher Learning Advocates based here in the district. “We want make sure students are first, that we are not leading necessarily with...

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Four in 10 colleges are seeing drops in applications from international students amid pervasive concerns that the political climate might keep them away. Nearly 40% of U.S. colleges are seeing a precipitous decline in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report “a great deal of concern” from students and their families about visas and perceptions of a less welcoming climate in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in...

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academic advising

Since 2017, several universities are making efforts to accept self-reported SAT and ACT test scores during the application process and only require official reports when a student actually enrolls. The individuals pushing for this change have included Gabrielle McColgan, James Murphy, Marie Bigham, and many other contributors. Institutions, like Colby College, have been allowing students to self-report scores since last year, and it works like this: when you fill out your application,...

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The intersection of education and technology offers an exciting opportunity for those with digital skills. Educators and administrators alike can leverage social media marketing to enhance their programs, grow their student body, and improve their enrollment procedures. Whether you’re looking to nurture your student community online or develop your social media channels from scratch the ideas below will help your university attention grow. Recruit high-potential students With the number of students enrolled...

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The overall college enrollment rate has increased since 2000. Different factors, such as changes in the labor market and the economy, may have contributed to this increase. The college enrollment rate is defined as the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in 2- or 4-year institutions. Over a more recent time period, the overall college enrollment rate in 2017 was not measurably...

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The process of transferring credits from high school or college to your University is not as easy as it should be. There are stories from nearly every college student, which involves not getting full credit for their transferred classes due to a lack of transparency around the entire process. Due to recent legislation in Texas, this problem was fixed via Senate Bill 25. When it...

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degree planners for your academic career

There are plenty of things in the life of every college student that makes building a clear degree plan slide onto the back burner. Assignments. Tests. Work. Social lives. Not to mention that many degree planners are boring and confusing, to begin with, along with students’ expectations of being guided… this leaves no incentive for students to take control and build a plan until they...

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The college dream of a 4-year education is becoming not so dreamy. As students are trying to cope with the tuition and cost of living moving up substantially year over year, they are forced to extend the time to graduate. Not only have wages not kept pace with tuition, but students are also taking longer to graduate. One of the most significant contributors to the student debt crisis is the...

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