04 February 2009

Recession Realities

News of the recession is not hard to find but the impact on higher education appears in spurts. There is no handy chart to track the impact and news commentators have not created an index for us. Higher ed media certainly do report on campus economics but the usual mix of stories does not permit easy tracking of progress or decline.

Ray Schroeder has created a blog dedicated to the topic to chronicle the changes created by the global recession. New Realities in Higher Education presents a cohesive set of news stories that naturally builds a history, blog-style. Schroeder also includes links to editorials and feature articles.

The blog might be called depressing (excuse the pun) as the news is all bad, but it's a sound way to track the economic impact across the country and across institution type. Privates, publics, large, small—reports vary from budget cuts to enrollment reports.

(Schroeder also edits the Online Learning Update (U of Illinois) and Educational Technology, among other publications. They can be accessed through the New Realities link, above.)

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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