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News Update 07-15-2003

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Consortium Fights for Status of Online Degree Programs

The Online University Consortium (OUC), founded to promote the quality and reputation of online degree programs, said eight universities joined its network, bringing to 220 the number of degree programs it represents. The new members are: the University of Illinois, University of Florida, University of Massachusetts, University of Oregon, University of Denver, Upper Iowa University, Thomas Edison State College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

OUC said studies show the reputation of the institution backing online degree programs is critical to learner acceptance and future success. It cited a poll showing that 50 percent of the HR professionals at this year's Society for Human Resources Management conference said they'd pick a job candidate with a degree from a traditional school such as the University of Southern California over a candidate with a degree from a non-traditional organization. Only 22 percent said they'd select candidates graduating from an education business such as University of Ph'enix.

"The [OUC] continues to gain strength and momentum as it sets the standard for quality online degree programs. This is the most important decision factor driving student enrollments," says Greg Eisenbarth, OUC's Executive Director. "Schools that meet the consortium's membership requirements have earned a reputation for quality education with proven track records that non-traditional schools haven't achieved."

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Prof Wins Maryland Distance Course of the Year Honors

Chikao Tsubaki, an assistant professor of English at Baltimore City Community College, was awarded the Distance Course of the Year for 2003 by the Maryland Distance Learning Association for his online English course. Tsubaki's Composition Skills II (ENG 82) features traditional English instruction with self-paced, multimedia instruction. It features Interactive English, a writing program with a flexible curriculum of writing lessons, readings, and grammar exercises, as well as a management system to help track student progress.

The course was recently adopted for use by the Maryland Online Consortium, and will be offered through the consortium's network of 24 member colleges and universities in Maryland.

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Microsoft Sponsors Stanford Humanitarian Tech Fellowships

Microsoft Corp. will sponsor fellowships for the Reuters Foundation's Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford University for the 2003- 04 school year. The program provides technologists a sabbatical year at Stanford to work on information technology projects that will have a humanitarian impact in the developing world. For the school year 2003- 04, 19 Digital Vision Fellows will attend the program compared to 13 this year and 6 in 2001-02, the year the program began. They have submitted a range of projects applying Internet and IT to the problems of the development of literacy, healthcare, and economic generation in developing countries. Digital Vision fellows are located full-time on the Stanford campus for up to one academic year.

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Columbia, New Orleans, IBM, Make Nanotech Breakthrough

Scientists from Columbia University, IBM Corp., and the University of New Orleans have discovered a new, three-dimensional designer material assembled from two different types of particles only billionths of a meter across. In the June 26 issue of the scientific journal "Nature" the team describes the precision chemistry methods used to make the nanotech breakthrough. Designing new materials with otherwise unattainable properties, sometimes referred to as "metamaterials," is one of the promises of nanotechnology. Two-dimensional patterns had previously been created from gold nanoparticles of different sizes and mixtures of gold and silver. Extending this concept to three dimensions with more diverse types of materials demonstrates the ability to bring more materials together than previously realized. The structures may have novel magneto-optical properties as well as properties key to the realization of quantum computing.

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National U. Tops in Granting CS Masters Degrees to Latinos

National University, a non-profit San Diego-based school founded in 1971 to provide adult education, said it provided more master's degrees in computer and information science to Hispanic students than any other college or university in the United States during the 2001-02 school year. In total, National conferred 16 master's degrees in computer and information science to Hispanics last year, representing a 433 percent increase over the previous year and 24 percent of all recipients receiving that degree from National University. "Ironically, National University has no affirmative action policies in place," said National University Vice President Thomas MacCalla, Ed.D. "We have traditionally catered to working adult students. Consequently, our student body more closely reflects the diversity of the state population."

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