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Community Colleges Seek to Boost School Presence with Partnerships

Community colleges are the most likely among all kinds of post-secondary schools to view their work with external partners, such as employers and industry or even other institutions, as worthwhile. In a recently published survey, 57 percent of community colleges ranked partnerships "of all kinds" of the "highest importance," compared to just 21 percent of four-year private colleges and universities and 28 percent of four-year publics. The survey was conducted earlier this year by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and Blackboard.

Pilot to Test Effectiveness of Digital Credentials for Colleges and Employers

A national nonprofit focused on education innovation has pulled together a cohort of colleges, universities and companies to test the effectiveness of digital credentials. Education Design Lab said it has accepted seven institutions, each with at least one employer partner, into its first TeeUpTheSkills cohort. The Lab will work with the employer partners to identify the most in-demand 21st century skills for the entry-level jobs they need to fill, and then offer the Lab's 21st Century Skills digital badges to a pilot group of students at each institution.

GitHub Simplifies Grading Process with New Classroom Assistant

GitHub has released Classroom Assistant, a tool intended to help streamline the grading process for teachers using Classroom on its open-source service that allows developers to share and collaborate on code.

EAB Analytics Program Forecasts Enrollment Funnel

A higher education advisory company has launched an application to help campus administrators identify candidates most likely to apply, accept and attend their schools. EAB's new Pipeline Analytics uses machine learning on data gleaned from 1.5 billion student interactions across the U.S.-based college-bound high school student population to support customers in tuning their student recruitment strategies.



NSF Funds Indiana University Cybersecurity Research

The National Science Foundation is expanding its partnership with Indiana University's Trusted CI to translate cybersecurity research into practice.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Oct. 8, 2018)

Upcoming events include Blockchain in Education West, the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange and W.C.E.T. 30th Annual Meeting.

Houston CC Opens Online Campus

Houston Community College launched a new online college, HCC Online, with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas.

Brigham Young Project Enables Better Campus Websites

Brigham Young University is launching a free service in 2019 called "BYU Sites," to help employees manage their departmental websites.

College Board Sees Bumper Crop of CS AP Test-Takers, Intros New Resources and Processes

Just as the College Board announced new resources and processes for its Advanced Placement exams, the organization also said that the number of students tackling an AP Computer Science assessment grew by nearly a third over last year's count. That count includes record participation by underrepresented groups, including girls and black and Latinx students.

AI Assistant Supports Student Recruitment

A company that specializes in "conversational" artificial intelligence for sales professionals just turned its attention to the realm of higher education: Conversica has launched a version of its service specifically for helping the admissions department. Admissions Assistant can help by contacting and engaging prospective students through e-mail as part of the recruitment and admissions processes.

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