Amazon made a bigger push into the college bookstore space this week with the announcement that it will operate co-branded websites and on-campus centers with Purdue University, UMass-Amherst, and UC-Davis.
Meanwhile, new research from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and Democracy showed that low-income students today have a tougher time getting through college than students in similar circumstances 45 years ago. On the tech front, Blackboard announced its acquisition of K-12 website and app firm Schoolwires, and Groucher College's success with video applications raised the question of whether it's time for the format to spread throughout higher ed.
Learn what 5 details Pearson's Todd Hitchcock said are essential for successful online degree programs and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- Pearson SVP shares 5 key strategies for successful online degree programs: Developing a comprehensive strategy is more important than ever for institutions in the increasingly competitive online learning market.
- Amazon makes a push onto college campuses: Amazon has struck deals with three universities to sell college bookstore items online through co-branded websites.
- Attending college tougher for poor students than 45 years ago: A new report shows that low-income students are falling further behind in college attendance compared to students from higher income brackets.
- Is it time for higher ed to embrace video admissions?: A video admissions option at Goucher College in Baltimore has been particularly successful.
- Blackboard buys K-12 website and app firm Schoolwires: With the acquisition, Blackboard aims to improve its K-12 solutions and services, particularly as it pertains to communication and engagement.
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