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News for Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

* Mobile Firms Offer Test-Prep Content for Cell Phones
* Firms to Offer Background Check Processing for Higher Ed
* U. Arkansas B-School Receives $1.25M Data Mining Tool
* Sapient Wins Microsoft Award for MIT OpenCourseWare
* Campus Management Corp. Names Jawaharlal COO
* Corrections: UCSD Connect
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Mobile Firms Develop Scholastic Test-Prep for Cell Phones

Two wireless tech firms have built a suite of wireless
test preparation applications for use on cellular phones.
By downloading the programs onto their cell phones,
students can prep themselves on vocabulary, take quizzes,
and work tutorials with practice questions, customized
feedback, and exam hints. The programs -- for the
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Firms to Offer Background Check Processing for Higher Ed

Enterprise software developer Datatel, Inc. will join
with a firm that d'es Web-based employee screening to
offer background checking services to colleges and
universities. Through the partnership with Verifications
Inc., Datatel will offer its higher ed clients a discount
on employee screening. Verifications Inc. provides online
access for ordering background investigations and
retrieving results. It maintains that by decentralizing
the process, employment investigations can be handled at
the departmental level, reducing the burden on human
resources staff and lowering the cost-per-hire.

Penn State President to Speak at Syllabus fall2003

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U. Arkansas B-School Receives $1.25M Gift in Data Mining Tool

A New York City-based software firm is donating to
the Sam Walton School of Business at the University
of Arkansas 1.25 million in software licenses for a
genetic-based data analysis tool. With the technology,
UA B-School students will be able to hone skills in
mining business information from large databases.
Fifty licenses of Gmax, software from MineTech Inc.,
will be used in a master of information systems course
on decision support systems. The tool uses a technique
called "genetic programming" to automate the laborious
data testing and variable selection process required
by statistical data modeling.

Sapient Wins Microsoft Award for MIT OpenCourseWare

Microsoft named IT services firm Sapient Inc. the
winner of its annual “Certified Partner Award” in
the Internet Business Solution category for its work
with MIT on OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW), a Web-based
publishing project that enables free, searchable access
to content from 500 MIT courses. MIT OCW provides a
platform for managing up to 1 million resources, and
so is one of the largest Microsoft Content Management
Server implementations. The company had more than 160
entries for the Internet Business Solution category.
MIT OCW executive director Anne Margulies said the
Microsoft/Sapient content management system was running
smoothly in six months, about half the time it had expected.

Campus Management Corp. Names Jawaharlal COO

Campus Management Corporation (CMC), a developer of
student information and workflow management systems
for higher education institutions, named Mahendran
Jawaharlal, Chief Operating Officer. Jawaharlal was
a principal with the higher ed consultancy PlanIT Group,
and has been president and CEO of CARS Information Systems
and resident of Jenzabar Inc.’s Internet Solution Division.

Corrections: UCSD Connect

In a story on the University of California at San Diego’s
UCSD Connect program in the Tuesday, Oct. 21, Syllabus
News Update, UCSD Connect was mistakenly called USC
Connect on the second reference.
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