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News 09-03-2002

Record Enrollments Predicted

This Fall For the fifth consecutive year, college enrollments are expected to break the previous year's record. According to "Projections of Education Statistics to 2012," released by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, 15.6 million students are expected to enroll in colleges and universities this fall. By 2006, college enrollment is expected to reach 16.3 million, about 700,000 higher than in 2002. By 2012, around 17.7 million students are expected on college campuses, 13 percent more than in 2002. At the same time, full-time college enrollment is expected to increase faster than part-time enrollment, with full-time enrollment projected to rise by 16 percent, and part-time enrollment expected to rise by nine percent between 2002 and 2012. Finally, a record 1.3 million students are expected to receive bachelor's degrees during the 2002-03 academic year.

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Sponsor: James Oliverio Featured Keynote Speaker at Syllabus fall2002

James Oliverio, Professor and Director of Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida, will lead off the first day of Syllabus fall2002's main conference as keynote speaker on November 4. Oliverio's interest in immersive collaboration and the use of visualization and multi-modal technologies to increase understanding and retention promises to be an enlightening, thought-provoking session. Syllabus fall2002 will be held November 3-5 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, Mass. with pre-conference seminars on November 3 and a vendor fair scheduled for November 4.

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Teacher Training Center to Bridge Digital Divide

Using a California Measure E grant, Los Altos-based Foothill College last week opened the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), a regional technology training center designed as a professional development resource for state K-14 teachers. The center will house 18,000 square feet of interactive labs and classrooms, including a digital art gallery and a cyber cafe. KCI will also be home to programs dedicated to improving educational outcomes, including Learning in New Media Classrooms (LINC), a program to assist K-14 educators integrate technology into their classrooms, and the Earn While You Learn Institute, which provides teachers a stipend to study effective technology-integration strategies. "The Krause Center's mission is to close the Digital Divide and create educational opportunities for students and their teachers," said Foothill College President Bernadine Chuck Fong. "Through the KCI and its programs, Foothill College is uniquely positioned to 'teach the teachers.'"

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Kaplan Expands Online Paralegal Program

Training giant Kaplan College announced an online tool to provide background in the legal profession to aspiring paralegal students. The Pathway to Paralegal Certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of the American legal system and increase their knowledge of the paralegal profession and the skills required to work in the field. "In evaluating the growing online education market, we realized there is an under-serviced market for people who are thinking about joining the paralegal profession," said Robert Greenberg, president of Kaplan Higher Education Online. Courses would provide insight into the civil litigation process, including fact-gathering and investigation; case management and strategy; pleadings; motions; preparing for trial, trial procedures, and post trial procedures.

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Smart Laundry Redux: Web-enabled Washers

On Friday, we reported that Maytag Corp. was holding laundry seminars on various campuses to tout its smart washing machines, high-efficiency units equipped with horizontal-axis tumblers that promise to use 18 fewer gallons of water per load than the average top-loading washer. Not to be outdone, IBM Corp. and USA Technologies said they will Web-enable 9,000 washing machines and dryers at U.S. colleges, eliminating much of the hassle associated with dorm laundry operations. Called e-Suds, the systems replace coin-operated technology with a method that allows students to pay with an ID card or via cell phone. Students will be able to visit a website to find out when a machine is available and select functions, such as soap and fabric softener dispensing. When the wash is done, they'll be notified via an email sent to their pagers or PCs.

Awards, Deals, Contracts, in Higher Education

Data Management: North Dakota State University (NDSU) Dickinson Research Extension Center, a land-grant university research facility, chose eMerge Interactive Inc.'s CattleLog Pro individual animal data collection and reporting system as its data gathering solution for extension herd management programs. CattleLog Pro will be used to help the university collect and manage detailed data for the statewide CHAPS program, a herd management software package designed and maintained by NDSU and the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

E-Learning: The University of California at Berkeley said it would use the Presedia Express system from Presedia, Inc., as part of a new e-learning pilot project. The company will provide UC Berkeley with e-learning software that includes integrated course authoring within PowerPoint, online viewing across different computing platforms, and full audio and animation support. Presedia Express enables professors to create, deliver and track interactive multimedia courses that combine slides, audio, animations, quizzes and surveys.

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