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Historically Black Colleges Project to Expedite Career Pathways Work

Two organizations are working together to speed up and strengthen use of pathways for improving the career outcomes for thousands of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Education Design Lab and the United Negro College Fund will work with 14 of the 24 institutions participating in a multi-year Career Pathways Initiative being run by the U.N.C.F.

College Enrollment Down for Sixth Straight Semester

For the sixth semester in a row, student enrollment for higher education has declined in the United States. According to the latest report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, spring 2018 numbers decreased by 1.3 percent from the previous spring. That follows a 1 percent drop for fall-over-fall enrollment.

Newest Apple Watch to Serve as Student ID

During this week's preview of the latest Apple Watch, Apple announced that watchOS 5 will include the ability to act as a student I.D. card, enabling users to gain access to dorms, meals in dining halls, gym activities and library services. According to the company, students will be able to "pay for snacks, laundry and dinners around campus" by adding their I.D. cards to Wallet on the Apple Watch.

Collaboration Teaches Students How to Fuse Tech and Fashion

Microsoft and a UK-based institution have teamed up to launch a "future of fashion" incubator, a short-term intensive program where students work together on multi-disciplinary projects. The London College of Fashion, a constituent college of the University of Arts London, co-created curriculum with Microsoft for the semester-long program, which brings together students from the Fashion Business School, the School of Design & Technology and the School of Media & Communication.



McMaster Infusing Campus with Accessibility Awareness

An Ontario, Canada institution is drawing attention to its accessibility initiatives and resources. On December 3, in celebration of the International Day of People with Disabilities, McMaster University will award its first accessibility award to honor accessibility efforts on campus. Shortly, it will also publish an accessibility and disability inclusion update to profile the work being done on campus.

Report Promotes Pell Grants for High Schoolers in Early College Courses

A new report has recommended continuation of a pilot to allow high school students to use Pell grants to cover the costs of college courses. The Alliance for Excellent Education is pushing Congress to consider the test involving early college high schools and dual-enrollment programs because it believes the move could boost college enrollment and completion.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of June 4, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Institute, T.D.W.I. Anaheim Conference, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference and SANS Network Security 2018.

Gates Exec Becoming Chancellor of PA State System

The former director of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success program will lead Pennsylvania's 14-campus State System of Higher Education. Daniel Greenstein, who also served as an administrator in the University of California System, will become the fifth chancellor in September.

Startup Uses AI and Human Augmentation for Video/Audio Transcription

A startup based in Israel has raised $11 million to expand the growth of its solution for doing artificial-intelligence-powered transcription. Verbit technology, according to the company, will be helpful to schools in addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act regulation.

Competition Explores Creative Potential of AI with Minecraft

A competition hosted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is challenging humans to create algorithms for producing adaptive settlements in Minecraft. (These are the villages and cities and other environments that players create at will in the online game.) The competition addresses a fairly new area of inquiry for machine learning in games: how to develop algorithms that can design rather than play.

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