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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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The Federal Government Has No Idea How Much Americans Owe on Student Loans (Huffington Post)
Americans collectively owe lenders some $1.32 trillion on their student loans. Or at least $1.14 trillion. Or $708 billion. Or $1.16 trillion. The different estimates -- from the Federal Reserve in Washington, U.S. Department of Education, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, respectively -- underscore a basic fact: The federal government doesn't know much about student debt.
Members of Congress Owe Up to $4.6 Million on Student Loans (Vox)
More members of Congress than ever have student loan debt -- 47, or 8 percent of Congress, according to OpenSecrets. That's six more than in 2013. Together, these members owe between $1.8 million and $4.6 million in loans taken out to pay either for their own education or for that of their children and spouses.
Beyond Critical Thinking - Commentary (Inside Higher Ed)
Associated Colleges of the South President R. Owen Williams writes: All of higher education has been under the gun for some time; with recession, out came the cannons. Liberal arts colleges have been especially battered, such that they could use a new narrative. At the Associated Colleges of the South -- a consortium of 16 nationally recognized liberal arts colleges -- we believe it is possible to provide tangible evidence of success and, perhaps more importantly, a clearer definition of liberal arts outcomes.
158 Private Colleges Fail Government’s Financial-Responsibility Test (Chronicle of Higher Education)
By one measure at least, the 2013 fiscal year was a healthier year financially for private colleges than 2012 was. Fewer degree-granting colleges missed the passing mark on the Department of Education's financial-responsibility test that year, according to a Chronicle analysis of data the department released Thursday night. A total of 158 private colleges--108 of them nonprofit, the rest for-profit--failed to achieve a passing score on the department's test of financial health. 
Who’s Next? Who Isn’t? (Inside Higher Ed)
Sweet Briar College's sudden decision to close may cause other struggling private colleges to do the same by creating a new paradigm for when a college should call it quits. Sweet Briar's closure raises twin questions for the leaders of struggling private colleges: Should a college with some resources -- like Sweet Briar and its $85 million endowment -- fight to the bitter end' Or should some of the colleges exit gracefully before they are forced to close their doors by creditors and red ink-stained balance sheets'
Some Small Private Colleges Are Facing a Death Spiral (Money)
Virginia's Sweet Briar College, facing a "financially unsustainable" future, announced this week that it would be closing.The closure of Sweet Briar College is an example of how winner-take-all economics is starting to hit colleges.The announcement that Sweet Briar College, a private women's college in rural Virginia, would shut down this summer--even as elite private colleges such as Harvard reported record numbers of applications--reflects a new reality for students and colleges, experts say.
Guidelines on Campus Sexual Assault Should Extend to Private Colleges - Editorial (Buffalo News)
A comprehensive approach that sets standards combatting sexual assaults on college campuses should not be limited to public colleges and universities. Private colleges should get on board. Make that leap on board.In the interest of protecting students, institutions of higher education should embrace the opportunity to set strong protocols for handling sexual assaults.
Southern New Hampshire President to Advise Education Dept. on Competency-Based Learning (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, will take a three-month leave of absence to join the Department of Education as a senior adviser to the under secretary of education, Ted Mitchell. Mr. LeBlanc will be involved with the department's innovation agenda, specifically its experiments with competency-based education and with establishing new accreditation methods for innovative programs.
Drexel to Close Sacramento Campus (Sacramento Bee, CA)
Drexel University of Philadelphia said Thursday it is closing down its Sacramento campus, ending a six-year experiment to create a university with a presence on both coasts. The shutdown won't be immediate. Drexel said the 215 students currently enrolled will be allowed to finish their degree programs, a process that could take anywhere from 18 months to two years.
Private College Organization Says Small Schools Must Adapt to Succeed (WDBJ7 Bedford-Lynchburg, VA)
Change is inevitable and Randolph College embraced that reality in 2006, when the trustees for what was then Randolph Macon Woman's College voted to admit men. The payoff was not immediate. In the first two years after going co-ed, Randolph suffered a large drop in students.