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Higher Ed Enrollment Decline Continues; For-Profit Shrinkage Slowing

Four-year for-profit colleges took the brunt of the continued decline in higher education enrollments, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 16, 2019)

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2020, the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2020 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.

Community College Esports Program to Foster Communication and Community

A new coed esports program at Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Community College will involve more than just playing video games. Starting next spring, Mustangs eSports aims to engage students with a sense of community and inclusivity.

Instructure Going Private with VC Buyout

The company that staked its claim in the LMS market by taking its learning management system open source in 2011 has agreed in principle to be acquired by a venture capital firm. Instructure recently announced the transaction. Thoma Bravo has offered stockholders $47.60 per share in cash, valuing the company at about $1.79 billion.



Report Shares Makerspace Impact in California CCs

According to "Makerspace Impact: Implementation Strategies & Stories of Transformation," the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's $17 million grant enabled 24 community colleges to open or expand their makerspace efforts. Those spaces were used by an estimated 64,310 students; drew 1,296 employers as partners in the endeavor; engaged 691 faculty members; and funded 844 internships. And the impact has been broad, according to those immersed in the initiative.

Higher Ed Architect: Residence Halls Should Add Gaming Spaces

With esports evolving into an alternative to the school football team, student housing needs to address both casual and avid gamers' needs.

Report: Community-Based Threat Intelligence Can Help Prevent Violent Events

According to a report from LiveSafe, mass shooting incidents can be prevented when people who are part of those communities detect "deviations" from the norm — "when something appears dangerous, when a person is acting suspicious, or when a friend or colleague is in crisis."

College Completion Rates Inch Up Again

Once again, college completion rates this year rose across the board for students attending all types of colleges and universities. The latest analysis by the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse found that the overall national six-year completion rate for 2.3 million students reached 59.7 percent for those entering school for the first time in fall 2013, up from 58.3 percent for students who entered in 2012.

Smartphone Market Expected to Pick Up in 2020

Personal computing device shipments are looking stronger than expected for 2019, and smartphone deliveries are expected to bump up in 2020, according to two separate analyses by International Data Corp.

Office and Penetration Testing Software Increasingly Becoming Vectors for Malware

Half of all malware that tried to infect computers during the third quarter of 2019 was already known. The other half was "zero-day" malware, which bypassed (and therefore went undetected by) traditional signature-based security software.

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