Policy Issues


Obama Revs Up 'Educate to Innovate' Campaign

President Obama Wednesday announced the expansion of the "Educate to Innovate" campaign, an initiative aimed at enhancing and encouraging STEM education throughout the country in order to allow the Unitee States to remain as competitive in scientific and technological research and innovation in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.

The American Graduation Initiative and Workforce Development in the Community College

The American Graduation Initiative sets out a goal for the United States to have the greatest proportion of college graduates of any country in the world by 2020. CT explored related issues for community college leaders and asked Maui Community College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto how technology-related workforce development might factor into achieving the goals of the new initiative.

Duke U Pledges Carbon Neutrality

Duke University's board of trusties endorsed a plan this month to make the school carbon neutral by 2024.

Towards a Sustainable Approach to Higher Education

New communications technologies and the Internet are fostering a move toward more distributed systems of education. Here, John Ittelson suggests that key stakeholders--faculty, legislators, administrators, students, employers, and the public--come together to help plan higher education's evolving role in a complex and changing knowledge economy.

Ohio Takes to the Clouds

In an effort to improve efficiencies, boost services, and cut costs, the University System of Ohio is moving to a cloud-based model for communications technologies. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut shares his insights about the benefits he expects to realize from this approach.

U Colorado Boulder Files Climate Action Plan

The University of Colorado at Boulder recently filed its Conceptual Plan for Carbon Neutrality with the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, making public how the campus plans to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Why Not Lab Time for 'Soft' Disciplines?

Regularly scheduled lab time has long been an accepted standard in science courses. Now there may be an argument for extending the standard to include all disciplines....

Inquiry Focuses on Future of MySQL

The European Commission's decision to investigate Oracle's plan to acquire Sun Microsystems is focused largely on the future of the open source MySQL database.

Not Your Parents' 'Course Content Delivery'

The phrase "course content delivery" is familiar to us all, but its usage could stand some updating. In fact, we may be due for a millenial change in our perceptions of learning design as current technology tools offer opportunities to change teaching and learning models.

IT Leaders: Take a Deep Breath and Look Around You

The Campus Technology 2009 Executive Summit on "IT Leadership and the 21st Century Campus: Insight and Innovation," brought together campus IT leaders to discuss both technology directions and their own leadership roles. Here, read Part I of Trent Batson's two-part commentary, and watch for Part II in two weeks.