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The 2U Pivot

I missed the 2U earnings release on July 28th and the press release on July 29th announcing their “new partnership model to increase access and affordability in higher education, embracing edX’s flexible approach to degree support.” I didn’t miss, however, the article in Inside Higher Ed describing its pivot.

The item that Inside Higher Ed co-founder Doug Lederman chose to focus on was 2U’s “reset of their core revenue sharing fee for degree programs” if its current partners lower the tuition that they charge students through the 2U online partnership.

Higher Ed Works

I’m not exactly sure how I was directed to the Higher Ed Works website. Once there, I was fascinated by the organization’s purpose (It’s a non-partisan 501(c)3 public charity that supports public higher education in North Carolina) as well as the quantity and quality of information on its website.

Higher Ed Works publishes blog articles on a regular basis.

When a Survey is Self-Published versus Peer-Reviewed

I first read about the Economic Well Being of U.S. Households in 2021 report in an email from UPCEA. The email referenced a Higher Ed Dive article written by senior editor Rick Seltzer.

The Higher Ed Dive article was titled Adults who borrowed for college doubt higher ed’s value, survey says. One of the key statistics cited in the article’s introductions was that 40% of borrowers with outstanding debt said the benefits of their education exceeded the costs, but 63% of those who borrowed and paid off their debt said the same, as did 51% of those who attended college but never took on debt.

Will Joe Biden Cancel Student Debt? – the Political Ramifications and More

Monday’s Boston Globe featured an article by reporter James Pindell that analyzed why President Biden hasn’t kept his campaign promise of cancelling $10,000 of college student debt for every borrower.

Mr. Pindell notes that Mr. Biden is under pressure from the progressive left to cancel more debt. Specifically, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a resolution to cancel up to $50,000 of debt per student through an Executive Order.

NC Promise Expands

In a blog article that I titled The Signs Are All Around Us, I included a few thoughts about the NC Promise program. That write-up is republished below as a refresher about the program and a few of my questions. An update is published below my original article.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article this week written by Sarah Brown about the state of North Carolina’s radical college affordability program called NC Promise.

Pell Grants Expanded to Include Short-term Programs but Excludes Online Learning

In a move eerily reminiscent of former Sen. James Webb’s GI Bill legislation, the House passed legislation on February 4, 2022, to expand Pell grant eligibility for any short-term program with “at least 150 clock hours of instruction over a period of at least 8 weeks” if it is not primarily delivered online.

Senator Webb, the architect of the Post 9-11 GI Bill, did not believe in equal standing for online education compared to residential education and excluded it for eligibility for the housing allowance portion of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits when that bill was originally introduced on his first day in the Senate in January 2007.

An Inspiring Story That Could Increase Community College Graduation Rates

A recently published article in the Hechinger Report about a free tuition plan offered by five community colleges in the San Diego area motivated me to write about it as well.

Hechinger reporter Wayne D’Orio writes about a new program called Alamo Promise. Promise programs that pay for college tuition are not new. Mr. D’Orio cites a UPenn GSE database indicating that there are more than 400 nationwide, 10 of which are in Texas.

The Signs Are All Around Us

In a recent blog post, I wrote about Professor Steven Mintz’s article titled The Revolution in Higher Education is Already Underway.

Another recent post reviewed Bob Zemsky’s and Lori Carrell’s recent book, Communicate for a Change. The nine conversations that they chose to write about are relevant to the “revolution already underway.” The first conversation, Why Can’t We Talk About the Mess We’re In?