American higher education caught in perfect economic storm

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit America’s colleges and universities like a category 5 hurricane. After a very tough spring and summer, campuses are doing their best to open. 

Those that cannot have gone virtual, which has generated demands for refunds of housing, meal plan fees, tuition and other fees. These refunds in combination with COVID-19 related compliance and safety-related expenses and major investments in technology and training to go virtual have just added to the pain. The losses that schools incurred from the spring shutdowns were only partially offset from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and additional funding from the federal government is questionable.

The refunds and additional expenses are being compounded with the loss of revenue from international students and students taking a gap year.  Future revenue is likely to be impacted due to projected demographics showing domestic college-bound students down or flat

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American Public Education to Webcast Third Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) – parent company of online learning provider American Public University System and campus-based Hondros College of Nursing – plans to release third quarter 2020 results after the close of U.S. financial markets on November 9, 2020. 

The live webcast of its third quarter 2020 earnings conference call will be broadcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, November 9, 2020.  This call will be open to listeners through the events and presentations section of the company’s investor relations website,   A replay of the live webcast will also be available starting approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live conference call. The replay will be archived and available to listeners for one year.

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About American Public Education
American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) is a leading provider of higher

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Most American students are learning virtually, poll shows

The majority of America’s public school students are learning exclusively online, according to a new national poll of their parents — and most of those parents want school officials to focus on improving that experience.

The poll, released by the National Parents Union, a group that backs school choice and a comprehensive educational response to the pandemic, paints one of the most complete pictures to date of parents’ feelings about this school year. It also offers hints to school officials about what parents want as debates about when to open school buildings continue.

Here are some major takeaways.

Most students are learning online, especially students of color

According to the poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 public school parents in late September, 58% of students overall are learning entirely online, while another 18% are receiving a combination of remote and in-person instruction. Less than a quarter of students are learning

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Another victory from my efforts to advance civil rights and challenge systemic sexism in higher education | American Enterprise Institute

I was informed last Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that another of my (now) 231 complaints (probably the most ever filed by an individual) alleging Title IX violations in higher education has been successfully resolved in my favor. That brings the total number of Title IX complaints to date that have been resolved in my favor to 27 and there are more than 80 ongoing OCR investigations based on my complaints that I expect to also be successfully resolved in my favor (given the clarity of Title IX above and the clear violations of that law). Successful resolutions are illegal Title IX violations involving sex-specific female-only programs that are corrected with one of three outcomes: 1) the discriminatory program is discontinued, 2) the discriminatory female-only program is offset with an equivalent male-only program, or 3) the discriminatory female-only program is converted to a program

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The coming of the International African American Museum | Charleston’s Choice 2020

“People are known by the records they keep,” observed Pulitzer prize-winning writer and human rights activist Alice Walker. “If it isn’t in the record,” she continues, “it will be said that it did not happen. That’s what history is…a keeping of records.”

Walker’s dictum on the power of history and the utility of record-keeping and documentation has long inspired my philosophy as an educator, public historian and museum practitioner. For me, “keeping” African American history and culture, in particular, is not merely a vocation, it is a calling. The gravitational pull to document our stories for the next generation; to rescue our records and unvarnished truths from the atrophy of memory; and to “keep” our history for perpetuity is what drew me to the International African American Museum and ultimately to Charleston.

Before moving here two years ago, Charleston had long stood in my imagination as a charming city with

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Black American Music Association and Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative Align to Educate Minority Voters and Combat Voter Suppression

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Black American Music Association (BAM), has announced a partnership with the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative. The effort is specifically focused on protecting the vote in 14 swing states and 54 counties with high African American and Latino populations. 

BAM and the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative have aligned with several entertainment industry groups, community organizations, activists and former election commissioners. Together the coalition is focusing on three main initiatives – recruiting GenZ to help staff the polls; educating people on their legal rights so they can make sure their votes are counted and how to address voter suppression and intimidation. To accomplish this, they are recruiting and training poll workers; providing unique information from professional election administrators and providing information and tools to fight voter suppression tactics and intimidation. 

The first initiative, which is already underway, includes

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Black American Music Association & ‘Voting Rights Are Civil Rights’ …


Get Out The Vote


The objective is to protect the vote in the 14 swing states and 54 counties with high African American and Latino populations.

BAM Co-Founder DEMMETTE GUIDRY said, “In the past four months we’ve seen the power of the youth when they stand up and make themselves heard. This is the next step in harnessing the power of the streets in conjunction with the industry and artist community to not only make change on the national level, but also on the state and local levels.

“Something we are committed to pursuing over the next several years. Through working in coalition with our artists, industry executives and election officials we can transform our cultural relevance into community relevance

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African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020

Nearly 40 Percent of African American State & Local Workers Expect to Take on More Debt

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A national poll of state and local employees finds that  African American workers are more concerned than their colleagues about the potential health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Thirty-nine percent of African American state and local employees are worried about contracting the coronavirus at work as compared to 22 percent of all other survey respondents. Twenty-one percent of African American workers are concerned about a reduction in pay, which is nearly twice the level of other state and local employees (11 percent).

(PRNewsfoto/Center for State and Local Gove)
(PRNewsfoto/Center for State and Local Gove)

As the pandemic lingers, 39 percent of African American state and local employees expect to take

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The Biden agenda: What could be ahead for higher education | American Enterprise Institute

When it comes to domestic policy, the question is which President Biden would emerge: the affable Obamaphile centrist or the AOC sock puppet? In higher education, it’s something of a difference without a distinction. Biden may have been the most centrist top-tier candidate in the 2020 Democratic field, but his higher-ed agenda is also the most expansive, expensive, and intrusive proposal ever offered by a major party nominee.

While Biden has called for doubling or tripling federal spending on K-12 and for vast new outlays for early childhood education, his most ambitious education offerings are reserved for higher ed. Biden has proposed federally funded “free college,” billions in student loan forgiveness, and gender-related policies that would remake daily life in the nation’s colleges.

Biden’s proposals pale alongside what Sens. Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren called for during the primaries but also make Obama’s approach look positively Reaganesque.

Why is Biden’s

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Minerva CEO Ben Nelson on a radical rethinking of higher education | American Enterprise Institute

Ben Nelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Minerva, a San Francisco-based university and ed-tech startup. Prior to founding Minerva, Ben spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, serving as CEO for five of those, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. Before Snapfish, Ben was president and CEO of Community Ventures. I recently sat down with Ben to discuss the Minerva model and the implications for higher education more broadly.


Rick: What is Minerva?

Ben: Minerva is two organizations that are unified with one mission: to nurture critical wisdom for the sake of the world. We believe that there are no more important institutions to society than universities, as they have such a strong influence on picking those individuals who will eventually make decisions of consequence—decisions that will impact the lives of others more so than their own.

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