Some of the News Fit to Print
ABOUT HIGHER ED
FLAT OUT DISAPPOINTMENT
The writing has been on the wall for a while, and it hasn’t looked good.First, a handful of the country’s wealthiest universities announced in October that their endowments saw tepid returns for the fiscal year that ended June 30, with Harvard University’s fund, the country’s largest educational endowment, posting a decline. Then preliminary data about this year’s annual National Association of College and University Business Officers-Commonfund study of endowments hinted at losses across higher education. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.
GROWING WHAT WORKS
Institutional practices across the country are improving Latino student success in higher education. however, many of these practices only serve a small number of students. since 2005, Excelencia in Education has been identifying and presenting promising practices to the field, monitoring reactions and watching for early adopters and investors. They have noted that while the number of Latino students seeking to enroll in colleges and universities has increased, the level of institutional change to support their academic success has not kept pace. Thus, eplicating effective practices and increasing the reach of evidence-based practices for student success continues to be a critical challenge for today’s colleges and universities to meet. These issues are addressed in Excelencia’s new report, Growing What Works: Lessons Learned from Replicating Promising Practices for Latino Students.
RACE TO THE TOP WINNERS MAKE PROGRESS, FACE CHALLENGES
At the midway point of the federal Race to the Top program, the list of accomplishments for the 11 winning states and the District of Columbia is getting longer, but the challenges are getting more formidable as the time frame gets shorter, according to a progress report issued by the U.S. Department of Education today. The article is in Education Week.
GOVERNOR PROPOSES PLAN FOR FAILING SCHOOLS
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing legislation to create a statewide school division that would take over management of chronically low-performing schools. A new board would determine how to operate the schools so they obtain full accreditation, which could include turning it into a charter school or college laboratory partnership school. The article is in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.