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RICE PRESSES ON DIGITALLY. After a 10-year-long print publishing hiatus, Rice University (TX) will reestablish its university press in exclusively digital format, promoting Rice University Press as the first fully digital university press in the US. Using the existing Connexions open source electronic platform, the venture will foster publishing in fields that have been impacted by high costs or difficult distribution models and explore new models of peer-reviewed scholarship.

ONE MORE COOK IN THE KITCHEN. The University of California has joined the Kuali Foundation. Three of the campuses—Davis, Irvine, and Santa Barbara—along with the Office of the President will invest resources in the ongoing development of the Kuali Financial System, the first in what is hoped will be an entire suite of administrative software programs based on open standards.

VIRTUALLY HIGH-TOUCH. One of the largest distance ed programs in the world, UMassOnline, will integrate live audio, video, application sharing, and content display into its CMS, the Blackboard Learning System-Vista Enterprise. The synchronous platform, Horizon Wimba’s Live Classroom, will support live interaction in many of UMassOnline’s professional programs.

A NEW DEPTH OF STUDY. The Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea, a project led by the University of Victoria (BC), has opened an interactive, real-time portal to the ocean floor. The $10.3 million facility connects an underwater fiber-optic network of cables and instruments to the internet as well as to a centralized data management and archive system for recorded observations. Data will be shared with the larger North-East Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments Canada seafloor observatory, also led by the university.

MORE FAST TRACKING. Babson College (MA) has developed a new Portland, OR-area “Fast Track MBA,” which opens this fall and is offered in a blended learning format for experienced, working professionals. Based on a program designed for Intel employees, the popular program has been expanded to include cohorts on campus as well as corporate students.

IT KEY IN REORG. In a bold realignment of academic programs, the University of Minnesota begins its academic year with 17 colleges instead of 20. In a process that began a year ago, U of M’s IT organization reinvented the way it works with the reorganized collegiate units, while the colleges planned improved use of IT resources to maximize competitive edge.

:: PEOPLE

John Lawson

TULANE TO WWU: Lawson takes
Western Washington vice provost/CIO post.

LAWSON NOW AT WWU. On August 15, John Lawson took up his new post as Western Washington University’s vice provost for IT and CIO. Lawson most recently served as CIO at Tulane University (LA). He succeeds Jerry Boles, who is retiring as WWU’s vice provost.

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