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1 in 10 Students Who Leave College Before Graduation Already Have 90% or More of Their Credits for a Degree

One out of every 10 students who fail to graduate from their college or university have already completed 90 percent or more of the credits they need for a degree, according to a new analysis from Civitas Learning. And nearly one in five students who do not graduate have completed 75 percent or more of their credits. The student success company analyzed data from 53 institutions (30 community colleges and 23 four-year universities), totaling more than 300,000 students, to better understand "near-completer" students and how institutions can target their support services to improve graduation rates.

Detachables on the Rise Despite Tablet Market Downturn

Tablet sales fell to 31.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, an 11.7 percent drop compared to the same period in 2017, according to a new report from International Data Corp. Detachable tablets were a bright spot in the category, showing a year-over-year improvement of 2.9 percent and a 15.3 percent market share. Sales of traditional tablets, on the other hand, were down more than the market overall, having fallen 13.9 percent below sales for 2017's first quarter.

New Report Examines, Advises on Higher Ed Trends

U.S.-based advisory, tax and audit firm Grant Thornton has issued its seventh annual report on "the state of higher education." Among its many topics of interest: preparing for social media risks, building quality into IT systems, outsourcing via a shared services consortium and preparing for disruption. The report's articles, which include general guidance, are developed by its practitioners working in the field at 200 colleges and universities on new projects and programs.

To Reduce Achievement Gap, Improve Completion Rates for Part-Time Students

Reducing the achievement gap at community colleges among part-time students is key to reducing the overall gap, according to a new report from E.A.B. "There's a huge opportunity here to advance equity in education if we can provide better support to part-time students," said Christina Hubbard, director of strategic research at EAB, in a prepared statement. "And while many of the advances in community college student success have been focused on full-time students, we see some progressive institutions molding those practices to serve the unique needs of part-timers."

Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support

The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so.



Educause Releases 2018 Horizon Report Preview

After acquiring the rights to the New Media Consortium's Horizon project earlier this year, Educause has now published a preview of the 2018 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report — research that was in progress at the time of N.M.C.'s sudden dissolution. The report covers the key technology trends, challenges and developments expected to impact higher ed in the short-, mid- and long-term future.

Education Sector Excels at Creating Strong Passwords

According to a recent report from cybersecurity training provider Wombat Security, end users in the education sector are more knowledgeable about building safe passwords than people in other industries. The 2018 Beyond the Phish Report analyzed user responses to nearly 85 million questions related to phishing and data security. Respondents came from 16 industries, including education, government, technology and manufacturing.

Analytics Work on Campus Still a Mixed Bag

Two-year institutions consider learning analytics more important than institutional analytics (those that improve operational efficiency), while four-year institutions believe the opposite. In a survey of 200 college and university leaders, 52 percent of two-year leaders favored learning analytics over institutional analytics, while just 35 percent of four-year schools did the same. The survey was sponsored by Ellucian, a major technology company serving higher education, and managed by Ovum, which contacted survey participants by phone. Respondents included presidents, provosts, chief financial officers and CIOs or CTOs.

Fewer Admissions Offices Using Student Social Media to Influence Acceptance Decisions

While most admissions officers consider checking out the social media profiles of college applicants "fair game," few actually do so. In a recent set of surveys, Kaplan Test Prep queried 388 admissions leaders from top U.S. colleges and universities as well as 914 high school students who have attended a Kaplan course. Among the first group, 68 percent reported having no qualms about checking out student social media profiles on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Just 29 percent said they have actually done it.

Higher Ed Tends to Give Innovation More Lip Service than Formal Backing

Should higher education institutions invest money in their innovation efforts? Most colleges don't seem to think so. A survey among U.S. academic administrators found that while 91 percent of institutions reference innovation in their strategic or academic plans, just 40 percent have a dedicated budget for innovation. According to "The State of Innovation in Higher Education," a report from the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House, without earmarked funds to support innovation efforts, formal planning goals backing innovation may not succeed.

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