Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, November 11, 2003.

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News for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003

* Firm Offers Distance Licensing Prep to Feed Nursing Shortage
* U. Michigan, IBM Team on Digital Asset Management Project
* McGraw-Hill Education Names Chief Information Officer
* Georgia Tech to Offer eCommerce Professional Certification
* Colorado State Continuing Ed to Offer Six Sigma Courses

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Firm Offers Distance Licensing Prep to Feed Nursing Shortage

A private distance education firm is marketing a licensing exam
preparation course to nursing school students in Poland and
Ukraine seeking jobs in the U.S., where an acute nursing shortage
has plagued hospitals and where foreign-trained nurses can obtain
better paying positions. The course, which would be offered via a
prepaid “Smart Education Card” by eEducation Network (EEN)
Inc., would help foreign students prepare to take the NCLEX exam,
used by state boards of nursing to make licensing decisions.

The company said many U.S. hospitals have been sourcing
English-speaking nurses in the Philippines, India and Canada,
which is still not sufficient to fill U.S. demand. EEN said it hopes
to train 100 nurses per month in emerging markets on taking the
computer-based NCLEX. Contracts with American hospitals and
nursing agencies will be sought, who generally each spend an
average of $10,000 per nurse in recruitment fees. With an estimate
of 1,000 nurses annually, EEN said it hopes to generate $10 million
in revenues.

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U. Michigan, IBM Team on Digital Asset Management Project

The University of Michigan picked IBM to collaborate on a
digital asset management system in the Living Laboratory of the
university's Media Union. The two are working on the “university
classroom of the near future,” where faculty and students find and
use audio, video, animation, and other rich media as easily as they
draw on text materials.

The project, named DAMS (The Digital Asset Management System
is intended to make the university's stores of digital content (video,
images, film, etc.) easier to find and use. Examples of expected results
from the university's digital infrastructure include: far more life-like
tools to study anatomy, better pictures of earthquake dynamics, and
more facile tools for teaching theater expression.

McGraw-Hill Education Names Chief Information Officer

McGraw-Hill named publishing veteran Mark Mooney senior vice
president and chief information officer for McGraw-Hill Education.
Most recently, Mooney was vice president and CIO for Harcourt
Education, and senior vice president and chief technology officer
forHoughton Mifflin, where he was responsible for the integration
of technology between Vivendi and Houghton Mifflin. He has also
held senior technology positions at The Bureau of National Affairs
and Interactive Marketing Services.

Georgia Tech to Offer eCommerce Professional Certification

Georgia Tech's Electronic Commerce Resource Center will offer an
eCommerce Professional Certificate Program, designed to give
participants the opportunity to learn from industry and educational
professionals the framework for eCommerce integration. Instructors
include an eCommerce attorney, a spokesman on Internet security,
large portal planner and developer, and university financial and
marketing professionals. The program includes the role of eCommerce
in the business organization, eCommerce as a sales tool, the latest
search engine techniques, and financial eCommerce security.

Colorado State Continuing Ed to Offer Six Sigma Courses

Colorado State’s continuing education department and Breakthrough
Management Group (BMG) of Longmont, Colo. announced a strategic
partnership which adds online-delivered Six Sigma Certifications to
CSU's non-credit course offerings. Six Sigma is a highly disciplined
approach to decision-making that helps people focus on improving
processes and making data-driven business decisions. The
curriculum is organized by "Belt" levels similar to those found in
martial arts: Yellow, Green and Black Belts designate increasing
levels of Six Sigma knowledge and skill.

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