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News 02-04-2003

Management of PeopleSoft applications posed a real challenge

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U. Chicago, Public School Partnership Shows Gains

The University of Chicago last week reported that a five-year partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to improve classroom instruction through technology has yielded measurable gains. The CPS/UC Internet Project has helped schools acquire Internet access, additional computers, teacher computer training, and a tech strategy for individual schools. The program has installed LANs and power upgrades in 95 percent of the schools, acquired classroom-ready computers in all schools, tripled the number of full-time technology coordinators, and provided 100 percent of the teachers in the program at least preliminary technology skill training.

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This week on Syllabus Radio, Jerry B'erner, Associate Professor of Education Technology and Computer Science at Azusa Pacific University discusses the choices institutions make as they implement wireless networks and reflects on how to select the most appropriate technologies for colleges and universities. Click on to for this interview and others with established leaders and creative thinkers in higher education.

U. Albany, Chip Consortium Strike Lithography Accord

The University at Albany and Sematech, a semiconductor manufacturers consortium, agreed on a five year deal to accelerate development of next generation lithography. Under the terms of the contract, Sematech will conduct a program in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) infrastructure at U. Albany's new wafer clean room complex. With the construction of two new clean room facilities, the university becomes the centerpiece of N.Y. Governor George Pataki's $1 billion plan to bring high-tech consortia, companies and jobs to New York. Sematech EUV program manager Kevin Mekp said the partners' goal is to have the infrastructure in place to commercialize EUV lithography by 2007.

U. Michigan to Roll-out Campus e-Procurement System

The University of Michigan signed a multi-year agreement to license an e-procurement platform from SciQuest, the maker of HigherMarkets software for the higher education market. Michigan said it chose the solution to meet an increasing demand for strategic vendor programs and to expand its Strategic Vendor Program. Under the deal, Michigan's Strategic Vendor contracts will move from their internally developed Web-based catalog to the HigherMarkets solution. Michigan said the deal would provide researchers access to a network of "pre-enabled" scientific suppliers with content hosted and maintained by SyQuest. The Web-based application manages the entire procurement process--from requisitioning to payment processing.

CSU Sacramento to Create Massive Lecture Video Vault

California State University at Sacramento is making available to students a video archive of courses. Using Screening Room, a "video-asset management" system from Convera, Inc. students will be able to view a course within minutes after a lecture is given, no matter where the student is located. The system also allows students to rapidly search the archive for lectures, as well as perform key-word searches to obtain references to their areas of interest. Prior to using the technology, courses were videotaped and tapes were made available to students to view on campus when their schedules allowed. But students had to manually search through tapes to find specific content.

Deals, Awards, Contracts in Higher Education

WIRELESS ACCESS—Following a survey of students on what features to include in a new library commons being built, Canada's McGill is installing a wireless network to provide access to server-based information such as class notes, research, and music. The school is using a system from Colubris Networks, which specializes in virtual private network secure wireless installations. McGill has deployed about 150 wireless

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