In an opinion piece published in Newsweek last week, Ms. Neetu Arnold wrote that the federal student loan system isn’t worth it for students or taxpayers. Ms. Arnold notes that President Biden has not provided for debt forgiveness of student loans in the latest White House budget proposal, despite promising to do so when he was campaigning for President. Subsequent to the publication of her opinion piece, the Department of Education announced on June 16 that it was going to forgive $500 million in loans for 18,000 former students of the ITT Technical Institute.
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The National Student Clearinghouse regularly publishes college enrollment data. Its most recent report includes data from the Spring 2021 semester.
In a recently published Wall Street Journal article, Chip Cutter writes that it took months for the transition required to coordinate bosses and employees working remotely. Mr. Cutter also noted that it may be even longer before employers and employees adjust to working together again.
In a Strada Education Network article, “What Will Reconnect Disrupted Learners to Education?,” Paul Fain writes that the number of learners whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago but who intended to return to education within six months has decreased.
With the number of COVID-19 infections decreasing thanks to masking and vaccinations, many governors have released the mask usage and other restrictions that kept many of us at home since last March.
In an opinion piece called “Our Broke Public Universities,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, academics Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen write that beyond flagship state universities, the privatization of public universities in general has had a devastating consequence for racial and social equity.
Many years ago, I was a consultant in the management advisory services division at Price Waterhouse. With experience using computer modeling software from my MBA curriculum, I was assigned to a number of engagements building financial projections for businesses, large and small.
Last week, Juana Sanchez and Lara Couturier wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed, reporting how the design of federal financial aid does not easily accommodate transfer students who move from one institution to another.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the May 1 due date for college acceptance decisions seems to have coincided with several notable predications about the impact of the pandemic on changes in higher ed. Earlier this week, I commented on the Adam Weinberg opinion piece in Higher Ed Dive as well as the Brandon Busteed article in Forbes. Concomitant with the other pieces, Professor Scott Galloway’s weekly blog post, “Higher Ed 2.0 (What We Got Right/Wrong),” reviewed his prediction from last year that the pandemic would change higher ed forever in a number of ways.
Pandemic to Permanent – Another Prognostication of Higher Ed Changes Accelerated Due to the Pandemic
May 1 was the date that many colleges required accepted applicants to indicate their commitment to attend for the coming 2021-22 school year. It must have also been the date for predictions on higher ed trends and changes.