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Third Anniversary of McKinney Solutions
Moody's: Private College Closures at 11 Per Year
A Win for LGBTQ Rights and a Loss for Religious Freedom
U.S. Enrollment Declines Steepest in Midwest and Northeast
Presidents Growing Older, Serving Less Time in Positions
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Third Anniversary of McKinney Solutions

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF MCKINNEY SOLUTIONS
SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

I retired from the presidency of Simpson University in the summer of 2013 and moved 3,000 miles from Redding, California to Orlando, Florida with my wife, Debbie.  While I was looking forward to less stress after having served in academic administration for 33 years, I still had a strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education.  I wanted to focus on effectiveness, strategy, and change for Christian colleges and universities.

Moody's: Private College Closures at 11 Per Year

MOODY'S:  PRIVATE COLLEGE CLOSURES AT 11 PER YEAR
AUGUST 3, 2018

Private college closures have risen to a rate of about 11 per year, and the rate at which campuses are shut down is expected to increase in the future, according to a new report published by Moody's Investors Service on July 24.  The report comes  a few years after a notorious prediction the ratings agency made in September 2015--that closure activity would as much as triple and mergers would double by 2017.  Although the headline grabbing tripling of closures has yet to come to fruition, a significant uptick has indeed take place.

A Win for LGBTQ Rights and a Loss for Religious Freedom

A WIN FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS AND A LOSS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
JUNE 25, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled by a 7 to 2 count on June 14 that a law society acted reasonably in denying accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia because of its policy prohibiting students, faculty, and staff from engaging in sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.  The majority judgment pointed to concerns that TWU's community covenant would deter LGBTQ students or pose a risk of significant harm to those enrolled in the program.

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.
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