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Measuring True Post-College Employment Outcomes Is a Fool's Errand

There's no consistency in how employment data is collected or reported, according to a report recently produced by the Institute for College Access & Success. The result is a "patchwork" of data that makes comparing programs and colleges "nearly impossible."

Report Identifies 4 Areas Where AI Benefits Higher Ed

According to a new report, the four areas where artificial intelligence could prove most beneficial in higher education are: student acquisition; learning and instruction; student affairs; and institutional efficiency. The report was developed by online program management company Learning House.

Research Finds that Anonymized Mobile Data Still Leads to Privacy Risks

When you allow an app to identify your current location through your mobile device, is the result being used to optimize your experience or putting your private data at risk? That's the question behind a study undertaken by researchers at MIT and Imperial College London, who recently published their findings in IEEE's Transactions on Big Data. According to the study, the compilation of massive, anonymized datasets detailing people's movement patterns through their location stamps can be used for "nefarious purposes."

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 17, 2018)

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2019, the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2019 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.



Report: U.S. Needs a National AI Strategy

If the United States wants to maintain its leadership stance in the world for development and use of artificial intelligence, it's time to adopt a national strategy. That's the conclusion of a report developed by the Center for Data Innovation, a self-described thinktank that studies the "intersection of data, technology and public policy."

NCCER Updates Testing Platform for Trades

A nonprofit that produces a testing system for students learning construction trades has made updates to the platform. The system, developed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, allows teachers and administrators to issue, grade and score tests.

'Nobel Prize for Education' Seeks 2019 Nominees

The World Innovation Summit for Education is seeking nominations for its 2019 WISE Prize, akin to a Nobel Prize for education. The honor includes a $500,000 prize and can go to an individual or a team of up to six people.

Intro AI, Machine Learning Courses Wooing More Students

Enrollment in artificial intelligence introductory courses in the United States grew by 3.4 times between 2012 and 2017, and introductory machine learning classes grew by five times during that same period. That's according to the latest AI Index 2018 Report, a rich collection of data intended to serve as a "comprehensive resource" for anybody interested in the field. The information was contributed by universities, companies, consultancies and associations.

Deal with Independent Colleges Expands Online Course Sharing Options

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and College Consortium recently hammered out an online course-sharing initiative. The program is intended to help the private schools increase course access to students, with all kinds of benefits.

Digital Dominates in College Libraries

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 billion items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

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