Higher education officials are, without a doubt, anxious about 2017. Late last week, the 2016 Higher Education Government Relations Conference brought together a panel of experts on the most pressing issues, including the uncertainty around the FY17 budget, which could mean even less money directed at higher education than the previous year. Read the full conference recap article from EducationDIVE as well as other top headlines in K-12 and higher ed news below.

Through the Looking Glass: Higher Ed Experts Weigh in on Industry’s Future

This year, public colleges and universities have been challenged by increasing political discord in statehouses and declining budget revenues. Find out what a panel of experts in higher ed had to say about budget cuts, tax reform, and accreditations. Read more

Higher Ed Needs a Transformation of Its Value Proposition

Inside Higher Ed takes a deeper look at what 2017 may hold for higher education, with regard to reforming the cost/price structure of colleges and expanding access. Read more

U.S. Underestimates Cost of Loan Programs

The cost of the government’s income-driven repayment plans have jumped from $28 billion to $53 billion for student loans issued from 2009 to 2016, according to a new GAO report. Read more

Technology Use Among K-12 Teachers Strong and Growing

In a survey of 2,500 teachers, the vast majority are using technology with students on a regular basis; more than half have a one-to-one ratio of devices to students in the classroom. Read more

How Technology Can Close the Education Gap

Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint, talks with a group of economically disadvantaged students at a Kansas City high school, and shares his business insights on overcoming the barrier of digital connectivity. Read more

Fostering Data-Driven Education

A new report from the Center for Data Innovation discusses how a data-driven system can help educators improve school performance and reduce educational disparities between rich and poor. Read more