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Rethinking Education: A New Michael Wesch Video

Since 2007, Michael Wesch, a Kansas State University anthropologist, has released a series of viral videos interrogating the ways in which new web technologies shape human communication and interactions with information.Now he’s back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray Kurzweil, etc.) describing how technology is altering the broader educational landscape.

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AMX Names 2011 Innovation Award Winners at EduComm

AMX, a provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, announced the winners of the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards at EduComm. The awards, established with the University Business Leadership Institute, recognize individuals and institutions of the AMX Education Alliance transforming higher education around the world through innovative accomplishment and practices. This year’s three winning institutions were selected from among over 500 nominations around the globe.

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How the Internet Is Revolutionizing Education

Unless there's an outright ban, it's almost impossible to find a classroom anywhere in the United States without at least one computer. And in many college lecture halls, nearly every student will come ready with a laptop or tablet. At the very least, they often have a smartphone that's Internet-ready. These tools, only recently available to a mass audience (relatively speaking), are fundamentally altering education. They allow students to access vast stores of information with the press of a button.

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How to Reverse U.S. Economic Malaise

U.S. unemployment remains high at 9.1 percent (FT) and expectations are grim for creating sustainable job opportunities. But while it is "probably going to stay high for a fairly long time," public sector investment in education, technology, and infrastructure are a way to tackle unemployment by addressing longstanding structural problems on "the tradable side of the economy," says Nobel Prize-winning economist A. Michael Spence.

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Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google

Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Some see the lawsuit as a sign of a growing business rivalry between the two companies.

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IBM Celebrates a Century in Business

Google, Apple and Facebook get all the attention. But the forgettable everyday tasks of technology - saving a file on your laptop, swiping your ATM card to get 40 bucks, scanning a gallon of milk at the checkout line - that's all IBM.

International Business Machines turned 100 on Thursday without much fanfare. But its much younger competitors owe a lot to Big Blue.

After all, where would Groupon be without the supermarket bar code? Or Google without the mainframe computer?

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Benchmark Your Technology Progress On Campus

Find out how well your educational institution is using technology to meet your educational objectives. The survey measures progress in the implementation of anytime/anywhere access, differentiated learning, 21st Century tools, assessment tools and enterprise support.

Take the 10-minute Survey to see your campus progress toward achieving this Vision at  http://www.siia.net/visionk20/survey/survey.asp?ID=EduComm

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How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

By 2019, it’s estimated that 50% of classes taught will be delivered online, with 75% of public higher education institutions reporting having online learning in their plans. These stats and more are included in an infographic put together by OnlineEducation.net, which provides a comprehensive resource to help current and prospect students learn about all the education opportunities available to them.

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Report: Tuition Is Soaring At Two-Year Colleges

Rising tuition costs at two-year colleges are outpacing increases in household incomes across the country, making it difficult for students to get bachelor's degrees, according to a report released today.

The contrast is especially stark in Virginia, according to the report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. From 1999 to 2009, median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose 6 percent statewide while tuition at public two-year colleges increased 94.4 percent.

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Culinary College Weighing Merger Or Appeal To Avoid Closing

Baltimore International College is exploring possible mergers with other institutions and weighing a possible appeal in its attempts to forestall closing because of lost accreditation, the college's Board of Trustees announced Thursday afternoon.

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Friends, Newman boost the local economy (Wichita, Kan., Eagle - Presidential Opinion)
Darcy Zabel, interim president, Friends University & Noreen M. Carrocci, president, Newman University write: Wichita taxpayers will be interested to know that two private universities in Wichita are making a substantial economic impact on the local economy, according to the recent economic impact study commissioned by KICA. The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International, calculated the estimated collective impact on the economy of the 18 Kansas independent, degree-granting member colleges and universities for fiscal year 2012-13. Collectively, Newman University and Friends University generate $293.6 million in income for the Wichita metro service area, nearly 30 percent of the $981 million total of all KICA institutions.
Great Expectations, Bleaker Results (Inside Higher Education)
Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don't understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board. The group, a business that produces research for colleges on some of the same issues on which some institutions hire consultants, did a detailed analysis of cost-reduction efforts at 21 different colleges and universities that hired outside consultants.
Arguments for the Value of College, Even as Completion Lags (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College prices and student debt levels rose again this past year, fueling debate about the value of a degree, which many who enrolled did not achieve. For the second year in a row, enrollment was down slightly. It dropped 1.5 percent in the fall of 2013, to 19.9 million undergraduate and graduate students, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Dem senators call for more info on education tax credits (The Hill)
Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide more information to families about higher education tax credits to reach the goal of making college more accessible and affordable.
Interest rates, student loans and the cost of higher education (ContextFlordia.com - Opinion Piece)
Ed Moore writes: Lest the public be confused with the rhetoric about higher education costs, it's wise to take a closer look at some costs and why they are going up. The news media attention about student loans also deserves a closer look. Some sensational stories are about exceptional cases, not the experience of most students.
These 9 Charts Show America’s Coming Student Loan Apocalypse (Huffington Post)
More than half of Direct Loans, the most common type of federal student loan, aren't being repaid on time or as expected, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly half of the loans in repayment are in plans scheduled to take longer than 10 years. The number of loans in distress is rising. The increase in troubled loans comes as the average amount of student debt has significantly outpaced wage growth.
The Gold and Blue Loses a Bit of Its Luster (New York Times)
A celebration was planned Tuesday for the once and future king of college football. As Notre Dame embarked on its 127th season, it unveiled new uniforms provided by the relatively young outfitter Under Armour as part of what was billed as the most valuable apparel deal in college sports history. But at the last minute, Notre Dame and Under Armour pulled Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and Kevin Plank, the Under Armour founder, from the festivities. Instead, the university remained partly in damage-control mode carrying over from Friday afternoon, when it was revealed that four football players -- all probable starters -- were suspected of being among several students who had cheated in class.
New Policy Clarifies Female for Mills College Admission (San Francisco Chronicle)
As civil rights conflicts go, the plight of transgender and "gender fluid" students being rejected from single-sex colleges is typically down on the list - if it makes the list at all. But of the nation's 119 single-sex colleges for men or women, Mills College in Oakland is apparently the only campus that explicitly lets applicants choose a gender and be considered for enrollment - if that choice is female.
Americas Oldest Historically Black Private College Is on the Verge of Losing Its Accreditation. Can It Be Saved? (CleveScene.com)
Wilberforce University, the oldest historically black college (HBCU) in the country, must address enormous debt, a deteriorating campus and serious holes in the administration, holes which include the President of the University, all before December 15, or risk losing its accreditation.
Roosevelt University to Shrink Schaumburg Operation (Crains Chicago Business)
Roosevelt University, confronting red ink, declining enrollment and a restive faculty, plans to dramatically shrink its Schaumburg curriculum and convert the campus to a branch, leaving it with just one college -- pharmacy -- instead of five or six. Roosevelt President Charles Middleton set a Dec. 31 deadline for the conversion, which he said was necessitated by "enrollment challenges" and the need to fund employee compensation "at competitive levels."