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News 07-09-2002

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Cornell Hotel School Unveils Online Curriculum

eCornell, the distance-learning subsidiary of Cornell University, said it added an online program from its prestigious School of Hotel Administration. The program is composed of courses from the Hotel School's executive education courses, and leads to a certification in the Essentials of Hospitality Management. "Our mission at the Hotel School has been to deliver the most relevant educational opportunities available to the hospitality industry," said Thomas J. Kline, director of executive education, Cornell School of Hotel Administration. eCornell will introduce six new online hospitality management courses between now and November. The first course, available now, is "Managing People More Effectively." Additional courses in the areas of Hospitality Marketing, Management of Hospitality Human Resources, and Hospitality Accounting will follow.

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What's in the Future for Course Management Systems?

A special panel discussion on course management systems featuring four experts on open source initiatives is one of the highlights at the ninth annual Syllabus2002 conference July 27-31 in Santa Clara, Calif. Oakley Thorne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, eCollege; Matthew Pittinsky, Chairman of Blackboard; Barbara Ross, Chief Operating Officer of WebCT, and Phillip D. Long of MIT will discuss the successes and challenges of course management systems, the possibilities for the future, and implementation issues for new software. This interactive session with the audience will focus on possibilities and priorities. Don't miss out on this summer's education technology conference for faculty, administrators and IT professionals in higher education.

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Opnix Joins Internet2 to Advance IP Measurement

Tech Opnix Inc., whose technology helps gauge IP route optimization, joined the university-led Internet2 research and development consortium. As an Internet2 corporate sponsor, Opnix will work together with the Internet2 community to take the first detailed look at the overall performance of the Internet2 network infrastructure. The collaboration will contribute to the Internet2 routing working group and the Internet2 End-to-End Performance Initiative. The Internet2 infrastructure includes national backbone networks, regional high-performance network aggregation points, called gigaPoPs, and campus networks deployed by Internet2 members. Opnix's Orbit 1000 Routing Intelligence System will help provide a consistent measurement systems across domains via real-time data gathering on network performance across each path of the infrastructure.

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Online Student Loan Applications Almost Triple

Student loan provider Nellie Mae said applications for higher education loans received via its online system have jumped more than 170 percent in just one year. The company, which is entering its fourth year of offering online student loan applications, said new applicants can pre-qualify for a Nellie Mae private or Federal PLUS loan and receive an online credit decision. The company has also worked on improving ways its students renew private loan applications for subsequent academic years. Repeat borrowers can access a new online application pre-populated with information from their most recent loan record. Other feaures include: debt- management tools and calculators, student loan counseling applications, downloadable federal and private loan applications and loan-processing tools for financial aid administrators.

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WebCT Expands Course Management System

WebCT released a version of its Campus Edition course management system with updated content management, cross-listing and multi-language capabilities. WebCT Campus Edition 3.8 includes drag-and-drop content acquisition, enabling users to upload course content by dragging files across the desktop. The new release automates management of cross-listed courses. Previously, cross-listed courses required duplicate WebCT environments. WebCT Campus Edition 3.8 also supports the Unicode (UTF-8) standard for presenting foreign languages. So an anthropology course professor can create a Web page containing both Russian and Japanese text, all within an English language WebCT interface.

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Awards, Deals, Contracts in Higher Education

-- Wayland Baptist University signed a contract with SCT to produce a campus-wide student- and administrative-information system. The school will be equipped with SCT's PowerCampus, which incorporates admissions, student affairs, student records and accounts, and advancement applications. Microsoft Great Plains finance and human resource software and the College Board's PowerFAIDS financial aid system are also part of the solution.

-- Corinthian Colleges said it acquired of all of the outstanding stock of Wyo-Tech Acquisition Corp. for approximately $84.4 million. WyoTech offers automotive and diesel technology programs to approximately 1,500 students under the Wyoming Technical Institute name, with two campuses located in Laramie, Wy. and Blairsville, Pa. Corinthian is one of the largest for-profit, post-secondary education companies in the U.S.

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