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Gates Foundation Seeks Intermediaries to Help Scale Student Success

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking organizations (or networks of organizations) — including state agencies — that can help "transform" colleges and universities to boost student success.

Scott Seeks 'Comprehensive' Reform for Higher Education Act

The chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee is willing to work with his counterparts in the Senate, but only if they agree to make "comprehensive" changes to the Higher Education Act a priority.

Robots Delivering Pizzas, Coffee and Donuts on Campus at George Mason U

George Mason University has what is easily one of the first large-scale college programs to use robots to deliver food on campus.

Cengage Adds Career Resources to Subscription Service

Cengage is adding a free Career Center for subscribers of Cengage Unlimited, the company's course materials subscription service.



IES Funds Rural Education, Secondary Writing Research

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences is investing $25 million to create three national research centers focused on rural education and secondary writing.

Study Finds No Difference in VR Learning Outcomes Compared to Other Modes

Can enthusiasm for virtual reality be converted into learning gains? That was the topic of a research project at Cornell University, which recently pitted VR against hands-on and computer-based activities. The bottom line: Researchers found students learned equally well in all three modes.

FlatWorld Adds New Features to Homework Platform

Course materials provider FlatWorld is updating its homework platform with new capabilities. Included free with most of the company’s textbooks, FlatWorld Homework combines student assignments with instructor grading tools in a mobile-friendly interface.

GitHub Classroom Adds Multi-Class Support

An online open source program originally designed to help software developers collaborate but then modified to help teachers manage computer science-oriented workflows in their classrooms has added a function intended to simplify its use across the school.

Report Stresses Need for Improved Career Pathways

The Chiefs for Change have issued a "blueprint" for postsecondary success that calls for better transparency from institutions on student earnings outcomes, emphasizing industry-vetted career pathways and more seamless credit transfer processes.

Alexander Looks to Overhaul Federal Student Aid by Christmas

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is looking to produce a bipartisan law by the end of this year to dramatically change how the federal student aid process works.

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