As Recession Worries Grow, Smart Education Investments Can Provide Growth And Resilience

yahoo | November 07, 2019

Investors are stepping up their interest in the education sector recognizing it as a relatively safe harbor in any coming economic downturn that will continue to provide strong returns. Not all types of education businesses are created equal, though. It’s important for investors to differentiate between which market niches and which types of businesses will be more resilient in a recession. Although not totally immune from a recession, the $830 billion K-12 market in the U.S. will probably prove the most robust part of the education sector thanks to its reliance on public funding. However bad the downturn is, kids will still go to school and education districts will still demand services related to classroom learning and administration services. Providers that focus on meeting school districts’ targeted outcomes for students and those that have a strong technology component should prove to be the most attractive.

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Sure, they look nice. But do interactive campus maps and virtual tours provide a return on the investment for higher education?In fact, as you’ll see in the infographic attached, the estimated ROI of having an interactive map and virtual tour is 69 new students enrolled worth $1.5 million in first-year tuition.But there are many additional layers that demonstrate the utility that these resources provide for prospective students as well as for those trying to reach them.

Spotlight

Sure, they look nice. But do interactive campus maps and virtual tours provide a return on the investment for higher education?In fact, as you’ll see in the infographic attached, the estimated ROI of having an interactive map and virtual tour is 69 new students enrolled worth $1.5 million in first-year tuition.But there are many additional layers that demonstrate the utility that these resources provide for prospective students as well as for those trying to reach them.

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The company will tap its leading global position -- with more than 150 million users across 80 countries -- and a comprehensive portfolio of innovative solutions, to enable institutions to remove the historical barriers between administrative and learning ecosystems and drive learner and institutional success. Led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Milton, a team of top-tier executives has been identified across both organizations to lead the combined company. The company's headquarters will be in Boca Raton, Florida. The company also will maintain its global facility footprint including the main Blackboard office in Reston, Virginia. "The closing of the transaction represents the next chapter for Anthology and Blackboard as our collective offerings can deliver unmatched personalized experiences and insights across the full learner lifecycle," said Milton. "Our combined broad set of capabilities – including teaching and learning, student information systems, enterprise resource planning, community engagement, student success and student engagement – will provide our clients with a full suite of enterprise-level products and services that enable institutions to not only focus on data-driven decisions but completely transform both student and institutional success." Clients across higher education, K-12 schools, government and business sectors of the combined companies will benefit from: Accelerated Investments and Innovation in Current Solutions: Anthology will continue to support the solutions of both companies with key strategic investments and a focus on accelerating innovation. It also will ensure that the various solutions integrate to a heterogeneous EdTech ecosystem. The World's Largest Modern EdTech Ecosystem and Expanded Portfolio of Solutions: Clients will have access to an expanded product portfolio and global reach to meet institutions' learning and administrative needs. A Commitment to Privacy, Security and Openness: Ensuring the privacy and security of clients' data is a foundational principle and the combined company will continue to meet the high privacy standards globally. The combined company believes openness is a critical element for innovation and will continue to integrate and connect with other solutions. "With this combination, Anthology is poised to accelerate the data-driven higher ed ecosystem that the market has been demanding. Under the leadership of Jim Milton and the company's proven senior leadership team, Anthology will serve as an industry force to improve outcomes for students and institutions and ensure the advancement of connected knowledge." 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