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Pilot Linking Degrees and Earnings Gets First Try at U Texas

A pilot effort at the University of Texas is joining forces with the U.S. Census Bureau to track post-college outcomes for UT graduates living across the country. The goal: addressing "a major gap in the federal statistical infrastructure for education statistics," said John Abowd, chief scientist and associate director for research and methodology at the Census Bureau.

Panopto Adds NewTek NDI Support

Panopto has added support for the NewTek NDI standard to its lecture capture system. This allows Panopto's software to be used in conjunction with NDI-enabled devices, including IP-based cameras.

Clemson U Upgrades Mail and Print Tech

Clemson University is streamlining its mail and print services on campus with a big upgrade. The institution worked with Ricoh to roll out the company's Student, Departmental and Bulk Mail Services, Production Print Services and Managed Document Services in an effort to reduce its reliance on paper, increase electronic communication and modernize its student mail facility.

RIT to Host National Data Hackathon for Undergrads

The Rochester Institute of Technology will host DataFest, a national undergraduate data hackathon, for the second consecutive year later this week. Sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the competition asks teams of students from any major and at any point in their data science education "to tackle what's probably the richest, most complex dataset you've seen so far provided by a real-life organization," according to information on the RIT DataFest site.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of April 9, 2018)

Upcoming events include O.L.C. Innovate, the A.A.C.C. 98th Annual Convention and the U.S.D.L.A. 2018 National Conference.

Echo360 Integrates Amazon Transcribe Automated Speech Recognition

Echo360 is teaming up with Amazon Web Services to make video content more accessible. The company today announced it will integrate Amazon Transcribe automated speech recognition technology into its video platform, giving each recording a viewable, searchable transcript.

Arkansas State U Rolls Out App to Meet Students' Mobile Needs

A new mobile app at Arkansas State University will help the institution communicate with students on their on terms — via mobile device. The university partnered with OOHLALA Mobile to build the app, which will include message boards, event tracking tools, calendars and other resources, according to a news announcement.

Even the Mere Presence of a Smartphone Makes You Dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the "persistent presence" of smartphones comes at a "cognitive cost." Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people finish tasks when their smartphones are nearby — even if the phones aren't in use.

California Community Colleges Mass-Producing Student Makers

Six months after the official launch of a $17 million makerspace initiative, California community colleges are mass-producing student makers. The "CCC Maker Initiative" has funded makerspaces in 24 campuses with the intent of offering educational activities that will help students prepare for their careers. Each college received implementation grants of between $100,000 and $350,000, renewable for a second year.

CampusLogic Opens U Arizona's Scholarship Universe to Other Schools

A homegrown student scholarship management application has spread its wings beyond the institution that originally developed it. Scholarship Universe, launched at the University of Arizona, has been rewritten from scratch and updated by Campus Logic for use in other schools. The product helps match students with potential scholarship opportunities and manage their applications; the new version is mobile-friendly and offers text notifications.

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