Ohio’s public colleges and universities got a peek at how they will fare under a newly forged agreement on state funding that encourages collaboration and emphasizes student graduation over enrollment.
San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company have announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.
They’re the places you think of when you think of “college” — leafy campuses, small classes, small towns. Liberal arts colleges are where students ponder life’s big questions, and learn to think en route to successful careers and richer lives, if not always to the best-paying first jobs.
A state law taking effect this year requires Texas public schools to instruct students on how to pay for higher education, and a financial literacy program in the San Antonio schools could provide a blueprint for similar initiatives across the state.
At first, it might seem like an impossible schedule. Hollianna Munna is enrolled at William Carey University getting her bachelor’s degree in nursing, while also working 40 to 45 hours each week as a nurse at Hattiesburg Clinic.
When the University of Phoenix, the country’s largest university, announced it is closing 115 campuses and satellite locations, it signaled more than a sudden availability of commercial real estate near highway interchanges, where for-profit colleges like to set up shop as a student convenience.
Slowing enrollment at Ivy Tech and other community colleges across the nation is fueling worries that efforts to increase the number of adults with college degrees will falter at a time when the economy and businesses most need a skilled workforce.
A preliminary report released by the Ohio Board of Regents shows that enrollment has dropped 5.9 percent since last year. The decline of more than 31,000 students at the state’s 61 public universities and colleges was expected — but it still hurt some financially and forced the layoff of 23 people at one community college.
Promoters of a plan to toughen admission standards at North Dakota’s two research universities said the new requirements should boost programs at community colleges and advance education at the state’s high schools.