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Keeping Up with Higher Ed

Keeping Up with Higher Ed

Rankings, tuition, and, of course, college sports – higher education is frequently in the news, with some stories more relevant than others.  AGB wants to help you find the news that is meaningful to your work with your institution, system, or foundation, so we recently launched News & Trends Around the Boardroom.

This biweekly news digest provides a snapshot of the latest news and trends in governance and higher education.  It is sent on Fridays to AGB members who have elected to receive it.  We hope it is useful to our members as they address governance and leadership challenges in the changing higher-ed landscape. 

The most recent digest highlighted articles from the Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, and Forbes, among others. 

  1. Alexander's Higher Ed Act Agenda
    This week, Senator Alexander released three policy papers outlining ideas on making colleges share in the financial risk of student loans, overhauling accreditation, and changing how the federal government collects data from colleges. (Inside Higher Ed)
  2. Today's Anxious Freshmen Declare Majors Far Faster Than Their Elders
    Post-recession college freshmen, in reaction to a weak job market and high debt loads, are shying away from fully exploring college curricula by declaring majors increasingly earlier. (Wall Street Journal)
  3. College Presidents Worry Their Schools Won't Survive
    In the face of increased tuition and slashed budgets, a growing number of college presidents report a lack of confidence in their institution's sustainability over the next decade. (Bloomberg)
  4. What MOOCs Have and Haven't Done for Education
    Massive Open Online Courses, while unlikely to ever entirely replace classroom learning, are proving to be an innovative and legitimate educational option. (Forbes)
  5. Piketty to US: Fix Your Student Debt Crisis
    Noted French economist Thomas Piketty recently expressed concerns that student debt in the United States could undermine our economic growth. (Washington Post)

Missed the first edition? Sign up now to receive the next news digest this Friday.  (Please note that this is a members-only benefit.  Note sure if your institution is a member? Click here to see our full membership list.)

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