Category Archives: trends

Public universities move away from supporting poor students

State funding for American public universities has been declining for a generation.  The New York Times catches on updates us on the latest data. David Leonhardt (Twitter) cites the Times’ recent scorecard of higher education and poor people’s access to … Continue reading

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Higher education enrollment declined in 2017. Again.

The total number of students enrolled in American high education declined in 2017. Again. I’ve been tracking this trend of steadily, unbroken enrollment decline since 2013.  But before I grimly crow about that, let’s look at the details. The data (pdf) comes … Continue reading

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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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