Administrative/Business Tools


Bilingual AI Chatbot Helps Colleges Communicate with Spanish Language Speakers

Ocelot, a provider of conversational chatbots for higher ed institutions, has announced a bilingual English-Spanish chatbot.

Bow Valley College Launches Blockchain-Powered Digital Credentials

Graduates of Bow Valley College in Alberta, Canada can now carry validated digital credentials with them anywhere, any time. The institution partnered with TerraHub Technologies, a software company focused on blockchain and artificial intelligence, to launch a mobile digital credential wallet based on the company's Sync platform.



Texas A&M System Using Analytics and Coaching to Help Students Return to School

A new systemwide initiative at Texas A&M University is working to help "stopouts" — students who have left school without completing a degree — return to college. The institution has partnered with ReUp Education, a startup that combines advanced analytics and hands-on coaching to identify, recruit and support reentry for stopout students

Analysis: Student Supports Enhance Impact of Micro-Internships

A Christensen Institute analysis has examined the value of "micro-internships" and suggested that pairing them with various student support approaches in higher education could make them even more valuable.

FASFA App Updates Improve Usability, Security

With seniors starting to apply for college, the U.S. Department of Education announced updates to the FASFA mobile app to make the process easier for students and parents.

New Google Tool Tracks G Suite Usage

Google is introducing a new analytics tool that allows G Suite for Education administrators to get insights into how different Google solutions are being utilized within their organizations.

Harvard Initiative to Fund Student Ed Tech Ideas

Harvard's Operation Impact initiative will provide student entrepreneurs with dollars and support to create "impact-focused" startups that focus on issues that educators face around the world.

3 Institutions Doing Innovative Work to Boost Degree Completion

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has announced three finalists for its 2019 Degree Completion Award, an annual recognition program that identifies higher ed institutions that "employ innovative approaches to improve degree completion while ensuring educational quality."

Los Angeles CCs Add Online Tutoring

Students in the Los Angeles Community College District now have access to online tutoring to augment on-campus tutoring services.

Study Finds Large-Scale 'Nudging' Misses the Target

Nudging strategies may not scale well. That's the finding of a new working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economics on the practice of reminding students about pending deadlines regarding financial aid and college enrollment.

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