Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Self-Directed Learning: Exploring the Digital Opportunity

Following up on a Q&A article published two weeks ago, about how institutions can be informed by their "digital opportunities", Gardner Campbell considers why we should now explore our digital opportunities for self-directed learning.

Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs

While a recent research project examined enrollment patterns for online courses, a new survey is looking at broader questions related to online programs, this one based on responses from "chief online officers." Produced by Quality Matters and Eduventures, the "Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE)" offers a "baseline" examination of program development, quality measures and other structural issues.

Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

The latest report on predictive analytics from New America proposes five guidelines for ensuring the ethical use of student data in recruiting and retention, such as the avoidance of bias in predictive models and algorithms.

New Report Examines Use of Big Data in Ed

Even as "big data" is helping researchers better understand why some students seem to thrive while others don't, a growing backlash by parents and policymakers could hamper research efforts. On one side are concerns about "privacy breaches, hacking, the use of data by commercial software developers for marketing purposes and the possibility that sensitive information ... might limit future opportunities for students," as a new report from the National Academy of Education explained.

Report: Students with Learning and Attention Issues Three Times More Likely to Drop Out

Despite the prevalence of children with learning and attention disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia, the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that only a small subset are formally identified with disabilities in schools, leaving many of these students without necessary support to help them succeed in school.



Only 16 Teacher Prep Programs Ranked as 'Top Tier' in New Report

The NCTQ's latest report, "Landscapes in teacher prep: Undergraduate secondary," found that a widespread problem among the programs knocked off the list were a lack of content preparation for science and social studies teacher candidates.

Students Say Challenging Curriculum Is a Top Barrier to On-Time Graduation

More than a third (38 percent) of college students in a recent survey reported they are somewhat worried or very worried that they won't graduate on time, and half (52 percent) are concerned that they won't be able to find a job.

CMU Researchers Roll Out Machine Learning App to Manage App Privacy Settings

A team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers launched a mobile app that helps Android users configure many privacy settings necessary to take control of their personal data. The project expands the frontiers of the university’s “IoT expedition,” a collaboration with Google and several other higher ed institutions that aims to create new technology for the Internet of Things.

U.S. Colleges Face Potential Loss of $250 Million from Drop in International Enrollments

The "Trump effect" could smack American colleges and universities to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars in tuition and fees if international student enrollment drops by only 5 percent.

Report: Americans Value College Degrees But Say Higher Ed Falls Short on Delivering Promises

A new report from education policy think tank New America finds that Americans still value college degrees, but believe that higher education institutions are not, for the most part, delivering on their promise to help students succeed in the life.

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