Administrative/Business Tools


ED Nominee DeVos Faces Evenly Split Senate as Two GOP Lawmakers Defect

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED), could be the most controversial pick for that post in American history. After her confirmation hearing and narrow approval Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said they would vote against DeVos in the full Senate.

ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.



Fairfield U Completes Portal Revamp

Fairfield University launched its full rollout of my.Fairfield.edu 2.0 Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The new service discovery portal, an implementation of rSmart's OneCampus, has replaced the university's old legacy portal with updated functionality including a Google-like search capability and access from any mobile device.

D-Tech International Introduces App to Help Library Patrons Using Mobile Devices

D-Tech International is introducing appIT, a library app developed exclusively for patrons to use on mobile devices. The library app is the first of its kind in the library market, the company said, and will be used to check out items, check account status, pay fines and more.

ePortfolios that Make Learning Visible: Education Values in Product Design

Digication CEO Jeffrey Yan reflects on how his own experiences both as a student and teacher in higher education have influenced the design of his company's ePortfolio product.

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

U Alaska System Consolidation Plans Anger Faculty

A multi-year initiative at the University of Alaska System to streamline individual campus degree offerings to cut expenses shows signs of heading off the rails.

Study: Instructor Quality 'Clearly' an Important Factor in Student Success

The study analyzed information on 2,343 instructors who had taught 34,725 sections of MTH/208, covering a total of 396,038 student observations, between July 2000 and July 2014. Student performance on the final exam (or some variation) was used as the outcome measure.

UWGB Taps Snapchat to Notify Students of Acceptance

Admissions officers at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay are using Snapchat to notify prospective students who applied and were accepted into the university.

World Affairs Council Honors Blackboard for Global Commitment to Education

The World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. has honored Blackboard with a Global Education Award, recognizing the ed tech company’s commitment to education worldwide.

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