Sydney Johnson

Tech Training and Apprenticeship Startup Kenzie Academy Raises $4.2M

When coding bootcamps first arrived on the (predominantly coastal) scene, they pitched themselves as alternatives to the college experience.

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Swing Education Raises $15 Million to Connect More Schools With Substitute Teachers

Teacher shortages in the U.S. have been well-documented. But sometimes, what’s harder than finding full-time teachers is finding substitutes who can fill in for them.That’s an issue that Joan O’ Neill, a human resources manager at Menlo Park City School District in California, knows all too well. Recently, her team has been turning to Swing Education, a marketplace of sorts for substitute teachers, to fill those open roles.

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Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

Summer is a time to relax and reflect before the academic year kicks off yet again. For those looking to keep the feeling alive beyond September, there’s good news: Any time of year, faculty, administrators and software developers are gathering to discuss what’s next in education and technology—and we’ve compiled a free, downloadable calendar of the events that innovative instructors and entrepreneurs don’t want to miss.

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In Move Towards Nonprofit, Grand Canyon University Sells for $875M

Grand Canyon Education, a publicly-traded education company, announced today it has sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit.The move is the latest step in Grand Canyon University’s slow path towards reverting to a nonprofit institution. The Phoenix-based university was founded in 1949 as a nonprofit Christian college. But in 2004 Grand Canyon University found itself facing closure—with$20 million in debt—and with less than 1,000 students, and switched to become a for-profit institution.

Elite Colleges’ ‘Blind Spot’: Low-Income and High-Achieving Community College Students

Community college has long been recognized as a cost-efficient ramp into a bachelor’s degree program. Yet many of the most prepared community college students don’t make it beyond their two-year institution. And shots are even slimmer for those looking to transfer to a four-year school with high graduation rates.

Here Are the 10 Higher-Ed Startups Taking off From Michelson Runway

Education technology accelerator programs are often studded with robotic kits or educational games. But the latest cohort at Michelson Runway, a startup accelerator geared towards higher-ed companies, highlights a broader approach to innovation in education. Among the offerings on display at its demo day on June 13 were a structured gap year program, a tool for pronouncing names correctly and financial lending based on academic merit.

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Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (Or Aren’t) Helping Students

The college affordability crisis is a familiar story to most Americans. A simplified version often goes that state funding for higher-ed institutions has decreased dramatically over the years, which has translated into massive tuition hikes for students and their families.

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Gradescope Raises $3.75M to Speed Up Grading in Higher Ed

Students may feel relief as they hand in an exam, but the moment marks the beginning of stress and anxiety for instructors and teaching assistants, who may need to grade hundreds of tests in a short time.

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Trilogy Raises $50M to Bring Bootcamps to Universities Around the Globe

After a series of bootcamp closures last year, including Dev Bootcamp and the Iron Yard, some insist that the coding bootcamp industry is in a downturn phase.But one continuing-education provider, Trilogy Education, is taking a different approach by offering short-term coding and other tech-skills training programs directly to universities. And they’re growing.

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CSU and California Community Colleges Partner on a Tool to Find Transferable Online Courses

Two of the largest higher-education systems in the country are partnering to pilot an online course finder tool to increase students’ access to 10,000 online and transferable courses.The year-long initiative, called Finish Faster!, launches this month for students enrolled in a California State University or California Community College, together which serve nearly 2.6 million learners.

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