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Community Colleges Get Moody's Downgrade

Moody's has given a negative outlook to community colleges for 2021, matching the negative outlook it had already issued for four-year public and private universities.

Open Source, Python and Visual Studio Code Dominate in GitHub Student Survey

Fledgling developers were more likely to contribute to open source coding projects this year than last and adopt Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ and PyCharm as their preferred integrated development environment, according to the latest GitHub "Classroom Report."

LMS Companies See Boom, Bust, Bigger Boom

Overall learning management system downloads were 250 percent higher in August than February, according to a report from consultancy Sykes.

Report: Top 4 Barriers to College Completion

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research has examined this "completion crisis" to understand its causes and potential interventions.

New Brief Offers Lessons in Advising for Community Colleges

To help institutions that want to "redesign or enhance" their advising services, a new research brief by nonprofit social policy research firm MDRC has shared lessons honed over two decades.



Survey: Video Is Essential, But May Be Losing Its Luster

In an annual survey done by Kaltura, fewer faculty and staff respondents agreed that video increased student achievement (down 11 percent from last year's survey), increased the sense of affiliation alumni felt for their institutions (down 9 percent), increased student satisfaction with learning (down 7 percent) or increased educator collaboration and professional develop (down 5 percent).

Research: Community College Guided Pathway Programs Cost More, but Get Results

How much does it cost to implement guided pathways in community colleges? That was the topic of a study by the Community College Research Center, which examined the pathway work done at six institutions.

Survey: Interactive, In-Class Engagement Makes a Difference to Students

Even though first-year college students are more likely than students in later years to say they intended to return to school in the spring (73 percent versus 68 percent), they're less confident they'll see the value of the investment in higher education (45 percent compared to 51 percent), according to a recent survey done by education technology company Top Hat.

Voice Tech Poised to Become 'Vital Tool'

As touch becomes a dirty word, voice technology is positioned to provide a safer alternative. In a survey by Adobe of a 1,000 voice technology users in the United States, nearly a third said sanitation (such as not needing to touch high-traffic surfaces) was a big benefit of voice technology.

Drop in Undergrad Enrollment Increases to 4.4%

At 4.4 percent, the decline in undergraduate college enrollment is a bit steeper than reported last month, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But, according to one researcher, it still isn't as high as early predictions would have set it based on data coming early in the pandemic.