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Analysis: Traditional Transfer Students in the Minority

Traditional transfer students, those who attend community college or some other starter school, then move to a public institution to get their bachelor degrees, make up 19 percent — just a fifth — of all transfer students, according to research by Eduventures.

5 Ways to Marry Higher Ed to Work

As colleges reinvent themselves for post-pandemic learning, they need to collaborate more closely with industry. That's the bottom line from a new report issued by Presidents Forum, a national nonprofit network made up of leaders from 17 institutions of higher education.

Success of Videoconferencing Could Keep a Lot of Ed Work Remote

Two-thirds of people in education expect to see a continuation of remote work post-pandemic. Sixty-five percent of respondents in education agreed that due to the success of remote collaboration, facilitated by videoconferencing, their organizations are considering a flexible remote working model, according to a survey from Zoom.

11 Ways to Protect Privacy When Using Student Data

While student data has long been mined to support retention efforts and institutional decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new and sometimes troubling uses for data in higher education.

Faculty Awareness of OER Has Increased for 5 Years Straight, Yet Adoption Is Flat

In higher education, faculty awareness of open educational resources — course materials that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation and sharing — has grown for the fifth straight year, according to a study by Bay View Analytics.



Spring Enrollments Continue Downward Trend

The enrollment losses of fall 2020 have continued this spring, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Overall, college enrollment is down 2.9 percent compared to last spring.

United States Spends $1.3 Trillion on Education

The United States tops every other country in overall education spending, investing $1.3 trillion across all levels. That's more than seven times the next top contender, Germany, which spends $189.4 billion on education. However, we're only number 8 in terms of education spending as a percentage of the gross domestic product.

Educause Report Tackles Cybersecurity and Privacy in Higher Ed

Security and privacy threats are at an all-time high on campus, according to a new report from Educause, brought about by a combination of factors: remote work and learning, the proliferation of videoconferencing and the complexities related to the pandemic.

Survey: Broadband Infrastructure Support Is Vital for MSIs

Minority-serving institutions need broadband infrastructure support in order to access the data management and computing resources required to advance their STEM, health, social science and humanities education and research, according to a recent survey from the Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium and Internet2.

Report: Majority of Students Still Think Online Courses Should Cost Less

In a recent survey from Barnes & Noble Education, the vast majority of college students (94 percent) said they think schools should charge less for online courses. In contrast, less than half of administrators and faculty (43 percent and 41 percent, respectively) believe the same.