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College enrollment slid even further in 2021

Overall enrollment for higher education institutions dropped 2.7% last fall semester, continuing a downward slide that started even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a National Student Clearinghouse report released Thursday. Fall 2021 was the first time fall-to-fall enrollment has dropped more than 2.5% since 1970, NSC director of research publications Mikyung Ryu wrote in an emailed statement to EdScoop. The latest data continues a concerning pattern for the higher education industry, with overall enrollment numbers declining for the past five years. Emily Bamforth has more.

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Ellucian acquires financial aid software firm CampusLogic

The higher education tech firm Ellucian is acquiring the financial aid software company CampusLogic, the companies announced on Tuesday. CampusLogic is Ellucian’s first acquisition since Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners took ownership last year, and only the second in the company’s history. CampusLogic’s software-as-a-service products for modernizing financial aid — including scholarship search, virtual financial advising and emergency fundraising — will help the companies reach under-resourced colleges and universities and serve students in debt, Ellucian Chief Executive Officer Laura Ipsen said in a news release. Emily has more.

Washington state bills push for blockchain group, digital credentials

The Washington State Senate heard testimony during a virtual hearing Wednesday for bills that would form a blockchain workgroup and require the state’s technology office to develop a plan for developing a digital credential network. The proposed bills, introduced Monday and then referred to committee, require a group of state officials, lawmakers and trade group representatives to draft recommendations on how to apply blockchain to state government’s operations and digital services. Check out the full story on StateScoop.

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