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News 12-26-2001

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UW-Stout Takes Baldrige Quality Award

The University of Wisconsin-Stout received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, winning the presidential award in the newly established education category. This is the third year UW-Stout applied for the award and the second year the university received a site visit. To apply for the award, organizations must detail their achievements in seven key areas, including leadership, strategic planning, student and stakeholder focus, information and analysis, faculty and staff focus, process management, and performance results. The university cited launching Datatel, an integrated system that provides campus users widespread access to data, in applying for the award.

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XanEdu Will Distribute Harvard B-School Content

Harvard Business School Publishing, publisher of the "Harvard Business Review" as well as management newsletters and mutlimedia products, said it will make HBR articles and case studies available through the digital CoursePack System from online publisher XanEdu Inc. In an agreement, Harvard Business School case studies, and current and archived articles will be available to faculty and students through XanEdu's online CoursePack offerings, and offline via XanEdu's print pack solution, beginning in January 2002. XanEdu will also offer a printed version of the cases or articles and include a digital key for online viewing. XanEdu is also digitizing issues of the "Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times," and "The Washington Post."

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Canada's Largest University Builds Wireless Net

The University of Toronto, with more than 52,000 students, has picked a wireless access platform from Enterasys Networks Inc. to provide high performance mobile services at the school, Canada's largest. Campus officials said the company's RoamAbout system offered the best combination of technology -- including 128-bit data encryption -- and local support. "As our campus grows, computer labs become more overcrowded. Likewise, with an increasing number of students bringing laptops to school, the use of the labs is also somewhat bothersome and inconvenient. With wireless technology, we can offer connectivity in a much more simplified, convenient and cost-effective manner ..." said Norman Housley, manager NDIS for the University of Toronto. The school is making wireless PC cards available through campus bookstores and computer shops.

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Bank Offers College-Accredited Training Courses

Commerce Bancorp, Inc., which calls itself "America's Most Convenient Bank," said training courses provided through its Commerce University have received expanded credit recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE). The bank, whose employees can receive college credit through the program, has received credit recommendations for two customer service training programs. Employees may apply the credit recommendations to college degree programs in which they are participating. Commerce University offers nearly 1,700 courses to employees each year via seven schools related to its areas of operation, including its School of Retail Banking, School of Lending, and School of Insurance.

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John Sculley to Help Market WebCampus System

Former Apple Computer and Pepsi chief executive John Scully has joined forces with WinMill Software to help market Web Campus, its online learning management system. Scully's marketing development firm Signature21 will help WinMill strengthen its brand awareness, market reach and client base, the partners said. "Not long ago, online training was considered to be a novel concept ..." said Scully, adding that the "future of online learning has arrived much faster than anyone expected." Web Campus allows instructors to monitor a student or employee's progress and pinpoint areas where they are having difficulties. It enables students to exchange ideas and ask questions in a forum setting, participate in real-time chats, and includes an automated grading and feed-back component.

Storage Firm Funds State Academic Partnerships

The Colorado Institute of Technology said storage tech giant Hitachi Data Systems donated $400,000 to the school, part of a five-year commitment it made to advance collaboration between the state's technology and higher education sectors. "Despite the economic downturn, there is a shortage of employees with the specific technical skills and education that businesses require today," said John Hansen, CIT president. "Progressive companies like (Hitachi) are investing in a better-prepared Colorado workforce." CIT, which is financed entirely by private contributions, began as an initiative of Colorado Gov. Bill Owens to advance Colorado as a location for the technology industry. In partnership with higher education and technology companies, the CIT works to create educational programs that result in qualified graduates who are in line with industry needs.

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