News 09-25-2001

Syllabus Fall2001/Boston: Early Bird Registration Deadline September 30!

Save 15% off regular registration for Syllabus fall2001 when you sign up for early bird registration by September 30th. This year's Boston-area conference will be held in Danvers, Mass. November 29-December 2. The conference theme, "Next Steps: Moving forward with Campus IT," covers the most important issues for the many stakeholders in the IT decision-making process. Key conference topics include:

  • New Campus Technologies
  • Infrastructure/IT Planning
  • Web-Based Environments
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Standards and Open Source

For full conference information or to register online, visit http://www.syllabus.com

California Universities Picked to Host Next Generation Internet Centers

CommerceNet, a non-profit consortium promoting the development of global electronic commerce, last week picked two California universities to host Next Generation Internet (NGI) Application Centers. To be located at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego, the Centers will act as testbeds where California companies can test electronic commerce applications in an NGI environment. Research will focus on areas including multiparty collaboration, telemedicine, data mining, and distance learning. President and CEO Mark Resch says the work will not only have "lasting impact on the (NGI) but also on the California economy."

For more information, visit http://www.commerce.net/projects/NGI.

College, Software Developer, Team-up on Course Offering

A Silcon Valley college has teamed up with a local software developer to fund a new course in "Simultaneous Product Development" that will use the software tools supplied by the company. ImpactXoft, Inc., which markets what it calls "Web-centric digital modeling software," allowing dispersed teams to collaborate on product development projects, will offer the course at Cupertino's De Anza College starting in the Winter of 2002. ImpactXoft will provide an educational grant for software seats for the course. Company evangelist Steven Young says ImpactXoft shares an educational vision with De Anza College president Martha Kanter to "involve local educational institutions with leading-edge technology companies." The alliance is the brainchild of Louis Lamit, an instructor at the college and CAD program coodinator.

For more information visit http://www.impactxoft.com or contact Louis Lamit at lglamit@yahoo.com.

Education Management Corporation Closes on Purchase of Miami College

Education Management Corp. said last week it has closed on the purchase of Miami, Fla.'s International Fine Arts College (IFAC), which offers degrees in computer animation, graphics design, computer animation, visual arts, and film. The purchase of the 1,000-student college makes it the 23rd Art Institute now operated by Education Management. The company said it has graduated more than 125,000 students from career-oriented education programs in the last 35 years.

For more information, visit: http://www.artinstitutes.edu.

Harvard Med Picks New Firewall for eCommons Portal

Harvard Medical School has purchased new a new firewall to secure its eCommons portal, which helps manage Web traffic among the school's 15,000 faculty and medical residents. The school picked the RainWall software from Rainfinity Inc. The firewall detects network failures and shifts traffic from failing to healthy gateways, and reconfigures itself without disrupting existing connections. Stephen Martino, director of IT computing and network infrastructure for the medical school, called the solution "a built-in disaster recovery plan," which "keeps the firewall cluster up and running regardless of what failure or outage occurs."

For more information, visit http://www.rainfinity.com.

Michigan Report Shows State Retaining High Tech Graduates

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation last week released a study showing the majority of technically educated Michigan university students remain in the state after graduation. In the study, 30,000 high-tech sector graduates were tracked from 1997 through 2000. Michigan retained 79 percent of graduates in the life sciences, information technology and engineering sectors, the study found. The authors of the study recommended the state continue to track graduate migration and design retention strategies based on pattern shifts, as well as target students in other states with information about Michigan high tech education and career opportunities. Glenn Stevens, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, says it was "important that there be a high degree of cooperation between the universities, state government and the private sector to attract and retain the best talent in our state because "nationwide, the competition for graduates in these fields will only intensify."

For more information, visit http://www.michigan.org.

Survey: Students Know Internet, Not Business Apps

In another Michigan-based study, researchers found a vast majority of Michigan high school students rated themselves proficient in using computers. But when asked about specific applications, only emailing and Web research scored high marks. According to the statewide survey, conducted by the Ferris State University Partnership for Career Decision-Making, Ninety-eight percent of the sample rated themselves "fairly proficient" or "highly proficient" in using computers and related technology. Ninety-four percent felt they could use e-mail applications without help and 90 percent felt they could search the Web without help. By contrast, only 60 percent said they could use a word processing program to create a newsletter with graphics and text, 66 percent said they could do common file management tasks, and just 24 percent felt confident in their troubleshooting skills. Ferris president William Sederberg says, "college educators need to recognize the skill levels of their incoming students and be prepared to provide training in basic applications to those who need it."

For more information, visit http://www.ferris.edu/partnership.

Sallie Mae Launches E-Signature Pilot Program

Sallie Mae last week unveiled a four-week pilot program to test its e-signature system for speeding the delivery of student loan funds. Among the pilot participants are: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; USA Funds, an education loan guarantor; and two big lenders: Bank One and Chase Manhattan Bank. The pilot, which will eventually include 15 more schools, will pave the way for the student loan financer to launch an e-signature capability before the end of the current academic year. Students will be able to apply for a loan, review their rights and responsibilities online, and submit their signatures electronically, without resorting to a personal identification number. Funds will be immediately transferred to the school after loan approval.

For more information, visit http://www.salliemae.com.

McGraw-Hill Picks Firm for Higher Ed Simulation Courseware

McGraw-Hill last week picked Baltimore-based SM Consulting to develop higher-ed focused computer simulation software for the publisher. The companies said the Internet-based simulations to be developed will compliment collegiate-level course textbooks and foster new levels of "interaction, collaboration and competition." SM Consulting Inc., is a privately held, information technology services company with practices in managed services, Web application development, and network operations support.

For more information, visit http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.

New Palm Pitched to Higher Ed Community

Palm Inc. last week introduced the newest version of the Palm m100 series computer, noting the handheld device was designed particularly to fit the workstyle of educators and college students. The Palm m125 handheld computer, with a suggested retail price of $249, features a "dual expansion" architecture that allows for software upgrades via a new lineup of "content cards," as well as hardware modules for add-ons such as collapsible keyboards, digital cameras and modems. The handheld offers a faster processor -- the Dragonball VZ 33 MHz - than its predecessors in the m100 family, and includes 8MB of RAM. The new Palm also comes with five new content cards, including a travel card, a language translator, and three e-books.

For more information, visit http://www.palm.com.

Walden University Introduces Online Ph.D. Program in Public Policy

Minneapolis-based Walden University said last week it will offer an online Ph.D. in public policy and administration this December. John Vinton, chairman of the management division at Walden, says the new online degree program meets the current need for "working collaboratively and effectively across organizations, government levels, sectors, and even national boundaries, which appear to be collapsing all around us." The school was opened in 1970 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information, visit: http://www.waldenu.edu.

Princeton Review Launches Counselor Center on Internet

The Princeton Review, the standard test prep company, launched a Web site that would allow secondary school guidance counselors access to student academic records online. The company said growing counselor caseloads, currently averaging over 500 students, are depriving students of the help of counselors in preparing college applications and making it difficult for counselors to write good recommendations for students. By using logistical tools on review.com, counselors can get a snapshot of a student's data, grade point average, standard test scores, the status of their college applications, and download the counselor piece of college applications.

For more information, visit. http://www.review.com.

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