Category Archives: trends

America’s demographic currents flowed on schedule in 2016

During 2016 America’s population continue to move in many of the ways we’ve come to expect.  538 analyzes the latest census data.  There isn’t anything mind-blowingly new in this report, beyond confirmation of trends I and others have been discussing. … Continue reading

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A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

How can colleges and universities share courses online?  That is, can students at one institution take a class taught by faculty at another? The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of … Continue reading

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The decline of the American northeast and midwest, the rise of the south and west, continued

New data shows how America’s population is changing, with urgent implications for education.  There aren’t any surprises, but useful confirmation of trends some of us have been tracking very closely. The main takeaway: the northeast and midwest are continuing to … Continue reading

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Internet trends: the latest Mary Meeker report

Mary Meeker just shared her latest internet trends report, and, as ever, it’s essential reading. Let me share some highlights which impact the future of education and technology. 1. The international big picture Demographics continue to demonstrate “slowing population growth… … Continue reading

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Higher ed enrollments decline. Again.

The number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined again.  New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has appeared, and shows that the past three years’ decline continues. Let’s break it down. The total number of students … Continue reading

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a  very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education. In the book’s first half McGee does a great job of exploring transformative forces in economics, demographics, and culture. Demographics: … Continue reading

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Charitable giving to higher education is now broken

There is new data about charitable giving to American colleges and universities, and it demonstrates that we’re doing it wrong.  This system is broken, in short.  The latest information illustrates major, challenging trends in higher education. It all comes from … Continue reading

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