Sattler College, a Boston startup which aims for “a revolution in Christian higher education,” tells us via email that they have accepted their first year’s student cohort. They have also designed a new seal, pictured below (the Greek translates as “power, love, sound mind.”) We profiled Sattler in a January article.
As part of the merger process between the schools, Wheelock College students have begun special meetings with advisors to assist students as their course credentials are transferred into the Boston University system. We predict this type of transition advising will become a common activity as more schools succumb to financial pressures.
Broadcast majors, take note: industry experts say terrestrial radio has a gloomy outlook.
When I say “solar power,” do you think Buffalo, NY? The Solar Foundation reports that in spite of New York’s $750 million investment in a local solar factory, the Buffalo-Niagara region has failed to realize any meaningful job growth in that field. Evidently most solar jobs would come from installation rather than manufacturing work, and the area has limited installation activity.
By contrast, a report finds that 9% (over 400,000) of all Georgia jobs are associated with activities at the state’s Savannah and Brunswick ports.
Observing that college educations are largely generic commodities, an Inside Higher Ed columnist encourages academic marketers to follow Simon Sinek and explain the “why” behind their schools’ missions.
The Wall Street Journal reports that an “inflection point” has been reached where students at a majority of public colleges and universities now pay a larger share of tuition than the government contributes. The shift is attributed to a combination of decreased state funding and increased tuition.
In a related and interesting quid pro quo, the Missouri House of Representatives has agreed to spend an additional $30 million on higher education as long as tuition increases are capped at one percent.
At the University of Idaho, administrators are entertaining the possibility of merging colleges to improve financial efficiency. The university has fallen into a pattern of annual deficits of $1-2 million.
In another sign that tenure ain’t what it used to be, faculty at Kentucky state schools are discussing the possibility of a strike in response to pending legislation which would allow dismissal of tenured faculty when academic programs are changed or eliminated.
Not the most important thing you will read this week: A fashion writer implores us to “Stop trying to make ‘Gen Z Yellow’ happen, it’s not gonna happen.” It seems like only yesterday we were told that the new “it” color for Gen Z is yellow–a welcome reprieve from the hegemonic predecessor of “millenial pink.” But now we’re told the yellow may not be such a good thing. We’re not sure why, as the writer’s argument, which touches on Beyonce, Trump, L’il Miquela, and Cambridge Analytica, might generously be described as “nuanced.” But we nevertheless take some comfort from this benevolent caveat from the author: “If you actually like yellow, then great-wear it.”