This week, Education Dive took a look at three major trends changing the dynamics of for-profit higher ed, including ongoing regulatory efforts, the potential for President Obama's free community college plan to precipitate already-existing enrollment woes, and continuing transitions to non-profit and benefit corporation status.
LinkedIn grabbed headlines with its $1.5 billion acquisition of online learning provider lynda.com, a move likely to have major implications for the continuing education business model. Meanwhile, 20 more colleges were identified as being under "heightened cash monitoring" by the U.S. Department of Education. On the K-12 front, the Education Department also issued new ed tech guidance for developers, startups, and entrepreneurs detailing the problems in the space that sorely need solutions.
Finally, nonprofit MOOC provider edX reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that the platform wasn't fully accessible for users with certain disabilities.
Be sure to check out our "cellular" look at the development of and debate over K-12 science standards and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- 3 trends changing the face of for-profit higher ed: For better or worse, companies operating in the space have seen their survival threatened by tighter federal regulations and proposals in other sectors.
- LinkedIn will acquire lynda.com in $1.5B deal: The deal, and subsequent integration of the online learning platform, is expected to give the professional social network's lucrative hiring business an additional boost.
- 20 more colleges identified with financial restrictions: The Department of Education released previously redacted names from its list of more than 550 schools under cash monitoring.
- US Dept of Ed issues new ed tech guidance : The guide, created by educators and researchers, was written for developers, startups, and entrepreneurs wanting to work on education endeavors.
- edX reaches deal with Justice Dept: The MOOC platform’s accommodations for learners with disabilities were the subject of a lawsuit against Harvard and MIT.
- Under the microscope: A cellular look at U.S. science standards: Consider, if you will, the idea that science standards are not unlike a single, albeit critical, cell within a much larger organism — in this instance, a well-rounded education.
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