Notes in the Margins: Falling enrollment, drinking games and purposeless universities

Census: College enrollment fell sharply in 2012 After five years of gains, undergraduate college enrollment fell nearly 3 percent in fall 2012, according to a new U.S. Census report that sheds fresh light on the recruiting challenge facing many colleges and universities. (The Washington Post)

Penn State Scandal Prompts Major Rewrite Of Polices At Colleges Nationwide As they watched Penn State struggle to contain a child sex-abuse scandal that ruined its once-pristine name and took down the mightiest of college coaches, schools around the country realized they needed to examine what they were doing so they wouldn’t see their reputations destroyed, as well. (The Huffington Post)

Can online learning make teaching more human? What can creative humans do with the power of data? One possible answer is that computer-powered analytics could expand humans’ ability to focus on the most human aspects of teaching and learning. (The Hechinger Report)

Colleges ban drinking games in attempt to curb alcohol abuse Schools such as University of Notre Dame, William & Mary and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (among others) have cracked down on dangerous drinking activities. (USA Today)

Our Purposeless Universities It would seem that for modern higher education, there is no telos. (SeeThruEd)