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Competency-Led Hiring on the Rise

Employers are increasingly considering competencies — rather than degrees — as the most important factor in hiring, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Higher Ed Tech Investments Soar

According to a report that tracks global learning tech investment trends, investments directed to higher education technologies saw a substantial bump in the last year, while investments specifically in Pre-K–12 sunk dramatically.

Resurgence in Traditional PCs After 7 Years of Decline

In the United States and worldwide, traditional PCs saw positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 and for the full year, ending "seven consecutive years of market contraction."

Growth Predicted for 3D Scanners Thanks to Affordability of High-End Features

3D scanners are expected to see rapid growth in the next few years. The devices allow users to scan real-world objects to convert them into 3D models for a range of purposes, including 3D printing.

2020 Higher Ed Challenges Include Student Success, Financial Health

Educause and its membership have identified four challenges that higher education will face in the coming year: student success; financial health; reputation and relevance; and external competition.



Study: Many Faculty Still Don’t Know Where to Start with Textbook Affordability Issue

The vast majority (82 percent) of college and university faculty are responsible for selecting course materials for at least one of their courses, yet 35 percent in a recent survey said they don’t know where to start or what to do to reduce the cost of those materials.

VR Trends Include 3D Audio, More AI and Conversational Platforms

A new report covering trends in virtual reality has suggested that three-dimensional audio will begin appearing along with "conversational platforms" and the increased use of artificial intelligence.

U Texas Earnings Outcomes Pilot with U.S. Census Proves Useful

A pilot linking degrees with earnings that offered an alternative to get around a federal ban on student-level data collection has been deemed a step forward.

Data and Machine Learning Propel Rise of Tech Jobs Through 2023

According to a new analysis by International Data Corp., the fastest growing roles in technology over the next five years will be data scientist (13.7 percent growth over that period), machine learning design/development/engineer (13.6 percent growth) and data engineer (12.9 percent growth).

5 Moves to Boost Student Success

Education firm EAB has introduced a new "playbook" of strategies for improving student outcomes and institutional sustainability in higher education. Its goal: to highlight changes that colleges and universities can make fairly easily to achieve real results.

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