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RIT Opening Technology-Rich Classroom for STEM Courses

Tablets, projectors, cameras, interactive whiteboards, collaborative software and more will enhance STEM learning in a new classroom being dedicated this Friday at the Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST).

RIT Opens $3 Million Prototyping Lab for Manufacturing

High tech manufacturing has a new $3 million home at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The school's "Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab" will accommodate design and simulation as well as prototype fabrication and product inspection, testing and validation.

Retention Software Makes It Easier for Students to Request Help

The newest release of Starfish’s student retention software, its fifth version, features a streamlined interface as well as new ways for acting on data, online help for students, and options for making it easier to communicate with groups of students.

South Carolina College Implements New Student Recruitment Technology

Florence-Darlington Technical College will get “single-call” service in an agreement with Greenwood Hall.



North Carolina Community Colleges Slash Server Footprint To Increase Performance

Twelve colleges in the North Carolina Community Colleges system are streamlining their server infrastructure in an effort to cut operating costs, lower energy use and ramp up performance.

15 Colleges Revamping Computer Sci Programs To Appeal to Women and Minorities

An organization that runs programs to advance women in computing and a college that has seen success in its own efforts to woo non-traditional students to computing has launched a new program intended to help 15 American institutions increase the percentage of their undergraduate majors who are female or students of color.

High School-to-College Enrollment Counts Correlate with Income Level of Students

School poverty, not minority level, continues to be the strongest indicator of college enrollment, according to a new report issued by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which does longitudinal research in American education.

In Yearly LMS Count Canvas Gains, Blackboard Learn Loses

Even though support for the Angel learning management system will not officially end this month, plenty of institutions are apparently seeing the writing on the wall and jumping ship anyway. According to data compiled by Edutechnica.com, Angel has lost 39 institutional customers in the United States. During that same period Blackboard also lost 31 Blackboard Learn LMS customers. The only clear winner during the year has been Instructure, which gained 66 new institutional users, nearly making up the loss for the other two learning management systems (LMS).

Carnegie Mellon Manages Energy Usage with Predictive Analytics

Carnegie Mellon University has found that helping users change their behaviors regarding energy usage involves giving them information in an integrated form, monitoring building performance and making real-time data accessible and visible. The findings grew out of a predictive analytics project by the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, a degree program and research center in the School of Architecture that studies advanced building technologies and designs as a way to improve "total-building" efficiency and performance.

Gale Adds Nearly 700 STEM Titles to Virtual Reference Library

Gale will add approximately 750 new books focused on STEM, healthcare and K-12 topics to its e-book platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library, as a result of signing four new publishers.