News Update Tuesday February 22, 2005

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News for Tuesday, February 22, 2005

* Failures in Science Infrastructure Threaten U.S. Leadership

* eCornell Program Targets Higher Education Change Agents

* System Promises Fast, Accurate College Financial Aid Filing

* Montana Bill Would Reinvest in State Colleges of Technology

* Deals: Penn State to Build System-wide Shared Admin Network

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Failures in Science Infrastructure Threaten U.S. Leadership

The United States’ poor performance in science and math has placed the
country in danger of losing its competitive edge in the global marketplace,
says a new study by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF),
a joint effort by the business and higher education communities to analyze
U.S. math and science performance.

Raytheon Co. Chairman William Swanson, co-chair of Forum’s Initiative
on Mathematics and Science Education, called the latest data gathered
by the Forum “cause for deep concern.”

The report found that even though the U.S. is experiencing an
undergraduate enrollment boom, enrollment in countries with emerging
economies are growing faster, similar to the U.S. after World War II.
In China, enrollment rates are expanding at 10 times the rate of the
U.S. Two-thirds of Chinese students earn math, science or engineering
degrees, compared to about one-third of American students, BHEF said.

The BHEF report recommended long-term tactics to alleviate the teacher
shortage. The report challenged business and education leaders to commit
to collaborative roles to develop seamless state systems of education
extending from pre-kindergarten to higher education and the workplace.

The full report can be downloaded from http://www.bhef.com
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Cornell Online Program Targets Higher Education Change Agents

eCornell, a Cornell University subsidiary offering online executive MBA
degrees and Cornell’s Institute for Community College Development have
launched a certificate program designed to help higher ed leaders build
support for their ideas and reduce organizational resistance to change.

The four-course series is designed to help higher ed leaders overcome
organizational resistance to change. Program executives noted that the
problem is compounded in higher education by the need to work with
multiple constituencies, some of them capable of slowing or derailing
a project. 'Proactive Leadership in Higher Education,” set for
April 27, 2005, will be facilitated by Dr. Barbara Viniar, executive
director of the ICCD and former president of Berkshire Community
College.

For more information, visit http://www.ecornell.com/catalog/iccd.jsp

Montana Bill Would Reinvest in Technology Colleges

A Montana bill would issue state bonds to fund capital improvements
at the state’s colleges of technology in Billings, Great Falls and Helena.
In submitting the legislation, Sue Dickenson, D-Great Falls, said this
is an opportune time to invest in the colleges of technology. “The state's
debt load is relatively low; interest rates are low,” she said. The biggest
project in the bill is $16.5 million for renovation and expansion of the
College of Technology in Great Falls. The bill includes $7.5 million to
consolidate several buildings to make the Helena COT more efficient.
It proposes $9.5 million for the Billings COT. The bill also proposes
$7 million for Montana Tech in Butte. Statewide, enrollment in the four
colleges of technology has grown 50 percent in the past decade-- from
2,499 students in 1995 to 3,717 students this year. At the MSU-Billings
COT, enrollment is up by 79 percent since 2000.

Online system Promises Fast, Accurate College Financial Aid Filing

Online service provider Filemyfafsa.com launched a secure online
system it says takes the difficulty out of applying for federal student
financial aid. The system offers an easy way to accurately complete
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and applying for any federal
and many state aid programs. Information provided on the FAFSA,
as well as its submission date, determines how much and what kind
of federal aid applicants will receive. Every year, millions of students
file their FAFSA online; every year, hundreds of thousands of these
applications are rejected for incomplete, inaccurate or missing
information, according to the U.S. Department of Education. All
applications through filemyfafsa are guaranteed to be reviewed
professionally and submitted within five business days.

The cost is $59.99. For an additional $10 rush fee, filemyfafsa will
review and submit applications within one business day.

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Pennsylvania State U. to Build System-wide Shared Admin Net

Pennsylvania State’s Office of the Chancellor is developing a shared
administrative computer system through its network of 14 schools.
The shared system is designed make it easier for students to access
services throughout the state network, to do class registration, pay
tuition and submit financial aid applications, and give faculty the ability
to connect to Internet. The school is supported by a contract with
Modis Inc., an IT services firm that will do program and project evaluation,
IT project consultation, IT application development and systems analysis.

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