Predictions of dramatic shifts in education by 2020 grabbed readers' attention this week, with major changes expected to be driven by communication, technology and industry.
Additionally, a new survey from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows a larger percentage of students taking more than six years to complete an associate's degree — 31%, compared to the 37% who complete a bachelor's degree in four years. Though it's worth noting differences in factors like demographics served between two- and four-year institutions when considering the data. Also in college completion news, PBS Newshour detailed how unpaid parking tickets, tuition surcharges and late fees, and associated costs with transferring are among hidden obstacles that prevent students from registering or attempting to transfer, leading to dropouts.
And on the for-profit front, DeVry is cutting back on financial aid revenues in the wake of ITT's shuttering under increasing federal scrutiny. DeVry is currently facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation over alleged false advertising in television spots touting job placement and graduate earnings statistics.
Meanwhile in K-12, 10 high schools in a variety of communities nationwide are set to receive $100 million for rethinking the traditional model as part of the XQ Institute's Super School Project, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Be sure to check out our look at what higher ed CIOs can bring to the classroom — and how their classroom experience benefits that role — and more in this week's most-read news from Education Dive!
- Experts say education headed for dramatic shift by 2020: Some industry insiders project that higher education is headed for a renaissance in several areas of culture and technology.
- Survey: Community college students face longer road to completion: A new survey reveals striking data about the number of years most students take to complete degree programs in two and four-year institutions.
- DeVry to cut back on financial aid revenues: The for-profit institution says it is making the adjustment to show full-faith in higher education reform.
- The secret obstacles to college completion: Students are being derailed from college completion by costs and rules that are minor in the scope of long-term personal success.
- 10 high schools receive $100M for rethinking traditional model: The $100 million was awarded to a variety of charter and public schools by the XQ Institute, with funding from Laurene Powell Jobs.
- The CIO as educator: Experience brings trust, curricular advantages: Campus tech chiefs who rise from faculty take benefits back to the classroom, too.
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