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News for Tuesday, March 2, 2004

·Department of Education Funds Study on Education Technology
·Duke Tops List of Most Expensive Online MBA Programs
·Incentive Ups Solar Energy Savings at Los Angeles College
·AMD Delivers 64-bit Processing to Cornell Computer Lab
·So Cal Schools Debut Tech Capital Formation Network

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Department of Education Funds Study on Education Technology

The U.S. Department of Education is undertaking a study to
determine the effectiveness of educational technology for
learning reading and math and to measure how technology can
improve student achievement in those subjects. The $10 million
study, to begin during the 2004-05 school year, will be funded
by two divisions of the U.S. Department of Education, the
Institute of Education Sciences and the Office of Educational

The study fulfills the president’s education initiative, the
No Child Left Behind Act, and involves testing the effectiveness
of 16 different software products in the areas of early reading,
reading comprehension, pre-Algebra, and Algebra. The study will
be conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and SRI International,
two independent research companies who will assess student
achievement gains over three years using a random-assignment
study design. Although the study is aimed at K-8 learning, it’s
results will be useful in establishing benchmarks for the
effectiveness of educational technology overall.

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Duke Tops List of Most Expensive Online MBA Programs

Duke University’s online MBA program cost $107,000, the most
expensive online MBA in the country, according to,
a counseling center for adult learners seeking accredited
online college degrees. The center released the results of its
biannual survey of tuition costs at 120 accredited
distance-learning MBA programs nationwide.

Among its findings: the least expensive online MBA is $2,760.45,
offered to Okalahoma residents only by Cameron University. The
average regionally accredited program costs $16,400; The
average cost of a MBA program accredited by the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is $26,300,
while the average cost of a MBA in schools accredited by the
Distance Education and Training Council is $11,200. The data
was based on survey of 120 distance-learning MBAs undertaken by in the fall 2003.

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Incentive Ups Solar Energy Savings at Los Angeles College

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has given the Los
Angeles Community College District (LACCD) an economic
incentive package worth $1 million for a solar generation
system recently installed at Pierce College in Woodland Hills,
Calif. Under the deal, the school can apply its energy savings
toward other campus needs.

The 191-kilowatt (kW) solar generation system features 1,274
photovoltaic solar panels and is an innovative carport structure
that enables Pierce College to generate much of its own clean
power, while also providing shade and protection for students’
vehicles. It is largest community college solar-powered structure
in the nation.

The solar electric system and 10 microturbines will generate
approximately 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year,
enough to power 600 homes. The solar panels and microturbines
will reduce Pierce College’s demand for purchased power during
peak periods by about 25 percent.

AMD Delivers 64-bit Processing to Cornell Computer Lab

Chipmaker AMD delivered 32-bit and 64-bit processors for a
40-system computer lab for Cornell University’s Electrical and
Computer Engineering Dept. The chips were provided through
AMD’s University Campus Team, a program started to forge
technical partnerships with select U.S. universities. Researchers,
graduate, and undergraduate students will use the lab to run
leading-edge engineering applications for processor and circuit
design, emulation and testing.

AMD said its Athlon 64 processor is suited to meet the performance
demands of high-end engineering applications, and provides both
the 32-bit and 64-bit capabilities needed by the department.
“They are the diesel engines of processors today,” said Clif
Pollock, chair of the School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Cornell. “Additionally, it was imperative that
the computer systems be able to withstand near continuous use
from our student body. These systems fit that bill perfectly.”

So Cal Schools Debut Tech Capital Formation Network

A consortium of universities and nonprofits has launched Network
T2, to help marshal university-based technology and product
research toward the investment world and into the marketplace.
The organization will start programs that identify promising
technologies, introduce them to the business and investment
world, and develop practices for efficient technology transfer.
Specific projects will include: conducting investment screening
sessions, entrepreneurship education and coaching, developing
intellectual property marketing and databases, staging an
annual “Project T2 Conference,” stimulating technology-industry
outreach, and organizing retreats and social networking.

The Network T2 institutions include: Beckman Research Institute,
Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute, Keck Graduate
Institute of the Claremont Colleges, Cal Poly Pomona,
California Institute of Technology, California State University
at Fullerton, California State University at San Bernardino,
Loma Linda University, Pepperdine University, University of
California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles,
University of California Riverside, University of California
San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, and
University of Southern California.

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