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News 02-14-2003

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EDUCAUSE Extends .edu Domain to Specialized Institutions

EDUCAUSE, which manages .edu Internet domain registrations, and the Department of Commerce said last week that they would extend eligibility for a .edu domain name to nationally accredited post-secondary institutions that provide specialized training in health services, education, technology, and other professions. The change, which takes place in mid-April, "will allow a broad segment of post-secondary education providers to benefit from the immediate recognition of the '.edu' tag on an Internet address," said EDUCAUSE Vice President Mark Luker. For more information on the policy change and links to eligible accrediting agencies, visit:

William Taylor Interviewed on Syllabus Radio

Syllabus Radio offers topical interviews with leading educators and creative thinkers in higher education on the hot issues of the day. This week, log on to and listen to host Judith Boettcher and William "Punch" Taylor, consultant to the Internet2 PKI Laboratory at Dartmouth College, as they discuss the implementation of wireless technology on campus.

Red Hat Offers Universities Linux Teaching Program

Red Hat Inc., the open source Linux provider, last week offered schools and colleges an academic version of its Red Hat Certified Engineer training and certification program. Under a program called the Red Hat Academy, Red Hat will deliver an IT curriculum based on Linux and will allow schools to administer the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) exam. The company is positioning the open source program in part as a way for schools to meet their budget crunch by avoiding the high costs of proprietary software.

Computerized CPA Exam to Launch in April 2004

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which administers the national CPA exam, said it would administer the exam in a computer-based format starting in April 2004. The new format will make it possible to give the exam up to six days a week, giving candidates more flexibility. The current exam is only offered twice a year. The new test will also incorporate the assessment of critical skills, such as research and communication, and will increase emphasis on general business knowledge and information technology. Prometric, a technology-based testing company, will deliver the exam in 300 testing centers in the United States. David Costello, President and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), said the new exam "will provide the states with a tool to ensure that new licensees possess the abilities our economy demands."

Resources Web Site for University Lisp Fans Launched

Franz Inc., a provider of development tools for the Lisp programming language, launched a Web site as a free Lisp resource aimed at university professors and their students. Lisp, the original object-oriented programming language, is designed for knowledge representation, knowledge-based programming, and artificial intelligence and automated reasoning. The site, called the Dynamic Learning Center, contains sample code and learning tools for professors to incorporate into their curriculum, as well as a Tester Application that makes it easier for them to grade assignments. "University professors have a tremendous workload," said Fritz Kunze, CEO of Franz Inc. "We wanted to provide a forum for the academic community to share materials and information, so that it's easier for them to organize and teach a Lisp class."

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Kyoto Digital Archives Honors MIT OpenCourseWare

The Kyoto (Japan) Digital Archives Project honored the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an award for its OpenCourseWare project, citing its use of the World Wide Web for education and archiving of information. "OpenCourseWare is definitely the epoch-making trial of digital archives in the field of academy, also education," said Makoto Suganuma of the Kyoto Digital Archives Research Center. The Digital Archives Awards are presented by Kyoto University, the city of Kyoto, Japan, and the Kyoto Digital Archive Project. The MIT OpenCourseWare project is making course materials that are used in the teaching of almost all MIT undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world.

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