This Week in Digital Learning News

May 2, 2018
 

The following developments received coverage in Inside Higher Ed this week:

  • Inside Higher Ed's Survey of Community College Presidents found that 71 percent of two-year-college leaders said their college is adding online programs to recruit more students. That's fewer than the proportion who said their college would add new on-campus programs or add options to improve student transfer to four-year institutions, but more than said they would increase marketing expenditures or freeze or cut tuition.
  • Iowa's Supreme Court has tossed out a lower court's decision in the long-running legal battle over Ashford University's eligibility to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The state's approval agency in 2016 attempted to strike the for-profit university's eligibility, citing a previous decision by Ashford to close its physical location in the state. The university and its holding company, Bridgepoint Education, sued to block that decision, which could have meant that it would no longer be able to enroll veterans nationwide, as it had registered for GI Bill eligibility in Iowa. Arizona, however, later granted Ashford that status. But the legal battle in Iowa continued.
  • The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning has named Marie Cini, former provost of the University of Maryland University College, to succeed the group's longtime president and chief executive officer, Pamela Tate. Cini, who served most recently as the higher education lead for a project to modernize the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, will lead CAEL, which focuses on employer-education partnerships and helping institutions support adult students.

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