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Leading in Turbulent Times: A Survey of Presidents
Overseas Student Enrollment in Canada Rises
If You Build It, They May Not Come!
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U.S. Enrollment Declines Steepest in Midwest and Northeast

U.S. ENROLLMENT DECLINES STEEPEST IN MIDWEST AND NORTHEAST
MAY 23, 2018

Overall college enrollments continue to slide, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit that tracks 97 percent of students who attend degree-granting institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.

This spring the Center found a decline of more than 275,000 students or 1.8 percent, compared to the previous spring.  The decrease follows six straight years where fewer students attended college in the United States.

Presidents Growing Older, Serving Less Time in Positions

PRESIDENTS GROWING OLDER, SERVING LESS TIME IN POSITIONS
APRIL 26, 2018

Views differ about the causes and pace of resignations by college and university presidents, but experts generally agree that many campuses will see changes in leadership over the next decade as a large crop of older executives leave their positions and a dwindling number of younger ones show they are prone to move around.  A high percentage of college presidents are baby boomers who will be retiring and will need to be replaced by a new generation of leaders.

Leading in Turbulent Times: A Survey of Presidents

LEADING IN TURBULENT TIMES:  A SURVEY OF PRESIDENTS
APRIL 2, 2018

According to an Inside Higher Educationsurvey of more than one-thousand American higher education presidents,about a third of the chief executive officers agree that more than ten colleges or universities will close or merge in the next year while another 40 percent say at least five colleges will do do so.  And after a year in which the number of colleges either closing or merging ticked upward, nearly one in eight college presidents predict their own institution could fold or combine in the next five years.

Overseas Student Enrollment in Canada Rises

OVERSEAS STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN CANADA RISES
MARCH 5, 2018

The number of international students at Canadian colleges and universities has risen by 11 percent in the past year according to Universities Canada.  The increase between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 brings the total number of full-time and part-time overseas college students in the country to 192,000. The figures come from a series of surveys conducted by the Association of Atlantic Universities, the Bureau de Cooperation Interuniversitaire , the Council of Ontario Universities, and Universities Canada, and their respective member institutions.

If You Build It, They May Not Come!

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY MAY NOT COME!
FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Faculty satisfaction in online courses at four-year liberal arts colleges does not necessarily translate to high student enrollment, according to report published by the Teagle Foundation.  The Teagle Foundation provided grants to liberal arts colleges to work together to develop online or hybrid online courses and educational resources.  While many of the faculty members who took part said they were pleased with the results, the online courses typically did not have higher enrollment than equivalent face-to-face courses.

U.S. College Enrollments Decline for Sixth Straight Year

U.S. COLLEGE ENROLLMENTS DECLINE FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR
JANUARY 28, 2018

College enrollments in the United States declined for a sixth straight year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, but at the slowest pace since the slide began.  The 1 percent decline this past fall was due to undergraduate enrollments, which fell by nearly 224,000 students or 1.4 percent.  Graduates and professional programs were up by 24,000 students, according to the center, which tracks 97 percent of students who attend degree-granting institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

REAUTHORIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
DECEMBER 11, 2017

For more than fifty years, American colleges and universities have been governed by various iterations of the Higher Education Act (HEA).  First passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's vision for a Great Society, the HEA's original goals were "to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary education."  It has since been reauthorized eight times and grown in both length and complexity, with new elements being added or modified to reflect trends in society and in higher education.

International Enrollments Increase in Canada

INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENTS INCREASE IN CANADA
NOVEMBER 16, 2017

International student enrollment increased by 10.7 percent at Canadian colleges and universities this fall compared to last fall, Universities Canada said.  The biggest increase was in British Columbia, where international enrollments increased by 15.6 percent.

The surge in international students at Canadian institutions comes at a time when many American universities are struggling to maintain their international enrollments.  A survey released this week found that American universities reported on average a 7 percent decline in new international students.

Unless the Lord Builds the House

"UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE"
NOVEMBER 13, 2017

I have been a homeowner for 43 years which means I have been involved in many home improvement projects.  However, I will be the first to admit that I am not an electrician, a plumber, or a carpenter.  I have managed to work through many repairs or remodeling projects, but I have also turned to outside professionals when I was in over my head.  I have great respect for people who have those skills.  

I think this must be the same appreciation for building that guided King Solomon, the author of Psalm 127, who wrote the words: 

Christian Worldview: Integration of Faith with Learning and Living

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:  INTEGRATION OF FAITH WITH LEARNING AND LIVING
AUGUST 25, 2017

The mission of Christian higher education, in the ultimate sense, is to assist students in developing a Christian worldview.  All people, whether they know it or not, conduct their lives on the basis of their view of the world.  They have a picture in their minds of how things work;  how things relate to each other; what those things mean; what is most important, and what constitutes duty, loyalty, citizenship, faith, family, meaning, and hundreds of other ideas in the lexicon of human experience.
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