UAGC Financials Confirm Falling Enrollments and Revenue

It has taken some time, but I now have access to recent University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) financials and enrollments based on a report in early May for the Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee (SPBAC) at the University…

The Post-Covid New Normal is Looking Bipolar

It's been a while since I last posted, partially as I'm trying to make sense of new data and anecdotes coming in around that crucial measure of organizational viability for higher ed institutions - enrollments. In that post I combined IPEDS…

Combined US Higher Education Enrollment Fall 2012 – Spring 2022

The two best sources for enrollment data for US Higher Education are the Department of Education's IPEDS data set and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) reports. The NSC shares both the Current Term Enrollment Estimates reports (May and…

About the Class Technologies Acquisition of Blackboard Collaborate

Anthology, which acquired Blackboard in the fall, or more accurately whose private equity primary owner Veritas Capital acquired Blackboard and combined with Anthology in the fall, announced a new deal with Class Technologies. Class is the…

The Market Fall of EdTech Will Have Non-Financial Impacts

Two weeks ago I posted a Twitter thread noting just how much publicly-traded EdTech stocks have fallen since last Spring, using Coursera's March 31, 2021 IPO as a comparison date. My main point was that this situation will have impacts beyond…

Three Initial Takeaways from the GAO Report on OPMs

The long-awaited report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the US Department of Education (ED) oversight over Online Program Management (OPM) contracts is out, and as most observers have stated, it is a fairly neutral report…

Let’s Not Romanticize 2019 for Online Learning

Last week I had the chance to paricipate in a fireside chat plenary session for OLC Innovate 2022 with Joe Moreau, Vice Chancellor Technology for Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Joe is retiring at the end of the month, and we have…

Additional Clarity into Regulatory Activism in Education

Last week I described a trend that I believe will have an enormous impact on education, particularly for nontraditional and online models. We all knew that the US Department of Education (ED) would change its regulatory approach with the…

Recent Clarity into Regulatory Activism in Education

We all knew that the US Department of Education (ED) would change its regulatory approach with the new administration, and it has been virtually axiomatic that they would directly target the for-profit sector. But recently it is becoming more…

The Decline of the Public 2-Year Degree

NPR had an interesting story this week showing the increase in enrollments for skilled trade programs in community colleges. More than a million students held off from going to college in this pandemic, but there are some bright spots happening…