Educators are wondering what to expect in 2017 – innovative technology trends, federal funding and policy changes, and making progress toward gender equity – especially as the next administration may bring a wave of changes that will impact K-12 and higher ed classrooms. A new study from the University of Chicago examines the idea of privatizing education, including a school voucher program and increasing the role of banks in giving out student loans. Read the survey findings on what top economists think about a free market for education below, and also check out this week’s top stories.

Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy It
The next administration is placing an interest in privatizing education. In a recent study by the University of Chicago, 90 percent of economists generally support free markets, but the majority of them disagree that competition will be good for education. Read more

Education Issues to Watch in 2017
Read about some of the top issues anticipated for K-12 education in the New Year, including predictions on a federal school vouchers plan, addressing the teacher shortage, funding special education, and ongoing battles on reforming teacher evaluations. Read more

4 CIOs Share Higher Ed Tech Predictions
A number of issues, developments, and trends promise an interesting year ahead. Hear it from these four CIOs who talk about budget pressure, new priorities, and the tech trends they predict will lead innovation on the college campus in 2017. Read more

Leaders Anticipate Need to Convey Higher Ed’s ROI to Trump Administration
There is a consensus that college leaders will need to work extra hard to help the Trump Administration understand the role of higher-ed institutions. There will be a greater need to shift their message, proving their ROI in order to seek federal money. Read more

The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices
Colleges struggle to improve gender equity, with women making up only 26 percent of all college and university presidents. In the Minnesota State System, they’ve made significant progress, resulting in almost 50 percent of their presidents being female. Find out how they did it. Read more