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News 12-13-2002

Sponsor: Syllabus
Syllabus2003 Call for Papers Extended to December 15

Plan to present at the Tenth Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology held in the San Francisco Bay Area July 27-31, 2003. Proposals for breakout sessions, panels, and workshops are due December 15. For details and further information, go to

Educator to Lead National Infosec Training Center

Information security educator Corey Schou has been named director of the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) at Idaho State University. The Center is designed to be the cornerstone for education and training in information assurance for academic, industrial, and governmental organizations. The program, which has received an initial $1.2 million grant from the federal government, will be implemented over a three-year period. Continuing funding is expected. Schou was picked by the Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association as the 1996 Educator of the Year, and in 1997 he was given the TechLearn award for his life-long contributions to distance education.

Web Survey: Recent College Grad Hiring Anemic

Planned entry-level hiring of recent college grads is up 4 percent for 2003, according to an annual survey released last week by The bad news is that the results are only marginally better than 2002, which was the worst year for entry-level hiring in 20 years. The results profile future hiring plans for more than 500 entry-level employers representing more than 100,000 entry-level positions. While most of the largest employers (over 10,000 employees) are hiring the same or fewer college grads, many medium-sized employers (1,000-10,000 employees) and small employers (under 1,000 employees) are showing increases for 2003, which accounts for the net increase. "It is often the small to medium companies that spur initial hiring demand coming out of a recession, so this is a very good sign of future growth," said president Brian Krueger.

Wharton School Offers Stock Data Via the Web

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school is offering financial analysts access to historical information on stock options over the Internet. The data, supplied by research firm OptionMetrics's Ivy database, covers information on all U.S. listed index and equity options from January1996. The Ivy database adds to the 1.5 terabyte storehouse of financial information from a range of providers now available through Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). The university said that by making data from the Center for Research in Security Prices, Standard & Poor's COMPUSTAT, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the New York Stock Exchange, and other data vendors accessible from a simple Web-based interface, WRDS hopes to become the preferred source among university scholars for data covering global financial markets.

CMU Integrates Product Lifecycle Management Tools

Carnegie Mellon University is planning to incorporate software tools into its undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering courses to help students develop computational skills for mastering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) techniques that are becoming required by some technologically advanced manufacturers. PLM is a framework of technology and services that permits manufacturing companies and their partners and customers to collaboratively design, build and manage products throughout their entire lifecycle. CMU is planning to incorporate software from PTC Inc. into the freshman curriculum through an integrated PLM project spanning computer-aided design, stress analysis and manufacturing. The University will also incorporate PTC design tools into a new Master of Computational Mechanical Engineering (MCME) degree designed to prepare students for a variety of leadership roles.

Awards, Deals, Contracts in Higher Education

COMPLIANCE TRACKING—The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has renewed its contract with Embella Inc. for its management system for tracking and documenting compliance data. The service helps hospitals track regulatory compliance, which has become a significant management challenge for hospital administrators. According to a recent report, "Patients or Paperwork?" commissioned by the American Hospital Association, there have been almost 100 new requirements issued by federal agencies since 1997.

FORMS AUTOMATION—The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo's Division of Administration & Finance has picked the Cardiff LiquidOffice eForm automation system to streamline several form-driven processes. LiquidOffice replaces procedures that required users to manually print, fill out and route completed forms using the campus mail system. A Web-based solution, LiquidOffice will enable SUNY Geneseo to reduce training and support requirements by standardizing several business processes with one interface. The school is currently using LiquidOffice to automate the annual budget approval process for many of its departments.

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