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Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform

Online education platform vendor Coursera has announced six new online degrees with major universities, more than doubling the number of degrees offered on its platform. The new degree programs, all expected to launch later this year or in 2019, will bring the number of programs offered on the platform to 10.

New U Virginia Lab to Study Smart Cities, Autonomous Vehicles and More

A little over two years after the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science announced an initiative to build a lab that brought researchers and faculty from across the school together to work on projects involving both the cyber and physical realms, the university has opened its $4.8 million, 17,000-square-foot facility. The "Link Lab," as it's called, currently focuses on projects in three areas: smart cities, smart health and autonomous vehicles and robots.

New APLU Center to Tackle Public University Transformation

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has launched a new national Center for Public University Transformation. The initiative will bring together a hundred public research universities organized in clusters to identify, refine and scale innovative practices to increase the number of four-year degree holders over the next seven years. The institutions that participate will share key data within the clusters and help to propagate the practices across higher ed.

Kansas State Library Upgrade to Add Group Study Rooms, Event Space and More

Kansas State University is drumming up private financial support for a renovation of its main library's first floor. Under the new design Hale Library will offer five new "zones": dedicated to meeting, studying, relaxing, inventing and sharing ideas. Construction on the $6.5 million project is expected to begin in May 2018.



Research Project Makes Incognito Browsing Even More Private

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard University recently presented a paper describing "Veil," a new system intended "to make private browsing more private." Among other security features, Veil encrypts any data stashed by the browser in memory until it's displayed on the screen; the data is unintelligible until it passes through the Veil decryption algorithm.

Ed Index Compiles Higher Ed Data for Research, Reporting

A non-partisan, nonprofit think tank has produced an online resource where people can access and download data on U.S. higher education for use in research, reporting and public access. New America's new Higher Ed Index pulls data at the institution level from three federal sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Federal Student Aid Data Center and the College Scorecard. The data can be viewed over time at the institution, state and national levels and can be filtered by dozens of categories.

New Jersey REN Adding Amazon Web Services

A research and education network in New Jersey has signed a deal with Amazon to offer that company's web services to its members at reduced prices. Institutions, schools and districts that are members of N.J. Edge will be able to connect directly through the state's fiber connections run by N.J. Edge or create new ones through AWS Direct Connect, putting them, "one hop away" from Amazon's web services, according to N.J. Edge C.E.O. and President Samuel Conn.

Amazon Releases New Guidance on AWS and FERPA

More than two years after issuing guidance on FERPA compliance and Amazon Web Services, Amazon has updated the whitepaper to lay out the company's "shared responsibility model" and give specific guidance on 24 different AWS services.

Starfish Enterprise Platform Adds View into Community Data

A new capability in Hobsons' Starfish Enterprise Success Platform will allow Starfish users to browse interventions from other colleges or universities, helping generate new ideas for their own student success efforts. The company made the announcement during Achieving the Dream's annual conference.

Getting General Ed Credits 'Out of the Way' at Community Colleges Is Lousy Advice

Getting general ed requirements "out of the way" by going to a community college may be among the worst advice people could give to new students because it could result in them earning many more credits than they need, hampering their efforts to get over the four-year finish line. As a working paper published by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College noted, previous research found that only about 60 percent of community college students were able to transfer most of their credits to the four-year institution; and another 15 percent were "hardly able to transfer any of their credits." As a result, their chances of earning a bachelor's degree shrank, and the cost and time required to earn their degrees rose.

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