News Update Tuesday January 24 2006

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News for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006

* Higher Ed Global Coalition Backs 'PBS of the Web' Project

* Top 25 Most Wired U.S. Campuses Picked

* Foundation to Lift Study of Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

* OSU, Gates, Battelle to Found Technology High School

* U. Penn Shift to eProcurement Generates Savings Dividend

* Duke Cardiologists Receive Custom Application Tool


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Higher Ed, Global Coalition Backs 'PBS of the Web' Project

A global coalition of universities, public sector agencies,
technology firms and foundations is joining together to
build the "PBS of the Web," a mega-package of subject-specific
Web portals and pages designed to yield a visual representation
of world information. The Digital Universe Foundation is being
backed by Boston University, University of California at Berkeley,
Oxford University, University of Tokushima, MIT, ESRI, Inc. the
Humane Society of the U.S., the Joint Research Centre of the EU
Commission, the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries
and Oceanography, and the World Nuclear Organization, among others.

The project calls for thousands of experts to guide the selection
and creation of Web pages that will be interconnected via a 3-D
visual navigation system. One component, the "Earth Portal," will
be a zoomable, pannable, 3-D replica of Earth through which
environmental, educational and entertainment content can be
explored. The "Cosmos Portal" will be a 3-D replica of the solar
system and galaxy, enabling users to learn as they "fly their
browsers to Saturn to check out the latest mission news from
NASA, or build a simulated city on the surface of Mars," planners
said. Last summer, work was started on the "Health Portal,"
featuring a 3D human body dressed with the health-related links.

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Top 25 Most Wired U.S. Campuses Picked

The Princeton Review college testing service has picked
the "Most Connected Campuses," in its annual survey of
361 U.S. colleges and universities. The picks are based
on a 18 separate criteria, the most heavily weighted of
which include whether a campus-wide network is in place;
whether the school has a wireless network; whether a
school streams audio or video of its courses online;
whether students can take classes entirely online; and
the percentage of undergraduates who own computers. Points
are also given for factors including whether students can
pay tuition and add or drop courses online; whether network
access is available in dorm lounges; and whether the school
as a computer ethics policy.

In previous years, the Review ranked all of the schools it
surveyed. This year it decided to present only the 25 most
connected campuses and not to rank within that group because
little differences exist between a No. 1 and No. 2 school.
The 2006 list includes the top 25 campuses picked:

Bryant University (RI), Carnegie Mellon University (PA),
Clarkson University (NY), Cornell University (NY),
Drexel University (PA), Duquesne University (PA), Marist College (NY),
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New Jersey
Institute of Technology, New York University, North Carolina
State University, Penn State University Park, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute (NY), Rochester Institute of Technology,
Sonoma State University (CA)., Southern Methodist University (TX),
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), Syracuse University (NY),
Temple University (PA), University of Colorado, Boulder, University of
Missouri-Rolla, University of Pennsylvania, University of
Wisconsin, Madison, Villanova University (PA), and Worcester
Polytechnic Institute (MA).

Foundation to Lift Study of Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

A philanthropic organization is organizing leading higher
education officials to create a framework for university-level
educational programs in entrepreneurship. The Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation, set up in the 1960s to advance
entrepreneurship and education, said it will create a panel
of scholars to produce a report on a model curriculum by
next year.

In setting the group in motion, Kauffman Foundation chief
executive officer Carl Schramm said that, "despite impressive
gains in the numbers and quality of courses over the past
20 years, entrepreneurship education still lives mostly on
the fringes of academe, not in the mainstream. Our aim is to
change that so that entrepreneurship is a legitimate, full-fledged
field of study."

The Kauffman Panel on Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Higher
Education will be chaired by Richard Newton, dean of the
College of Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley.
Other panel members, representing a variety of academic
disciplines, include, Rodney Brooks, director of the MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory;
William Green, dean of The College at the University of
Rochester (NY); and Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering
at Stanford University (CA), among others.

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OSU, Gates, Battelle Join to Found Technology High School

Ohio State University is collaborating with a council of
Columbus, Ohio, secondary schools, and technology industry
giant Batelle Inc. to found a new Columbus-area public high
school with an emphasis on math, science and technology.
The curriculum for the "Metro" school, to be limited to
400 students, will enable students to participate in hands-on,
self-directed projects outside the classroom with teachers
and mentors, including Battelle, Ohio State, the Columbus
Museum of Art, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Battelle is contributing $560,000 for the school's initial
year of operations; Ohio State is committing $1.2 million
for the lease of the school's building, located just off
the OSU campus; and the Gates Foundation is contributing
$200,000 via a grant from its National Coalition of Essential
Schools. OSU president Karen Holbrook called the new school
a "research model for high schools around Ohio and the country."

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U. Penn Shift to eProcurement Generates Savings Dividend

The consulting firm The Aberdeen Group deemed an e-procurement
implementation by the University of Pennsylvania fit for
classification as an overall industry best practice. The firm
said the system, based on procurement automation systems from
SciQuest and Oracle Inc., resulted in a 484 percent improvement
in contract compliance, average cycle time reduction from 18 days
to less than one, and improvements in process efficiency.

Tim Minahan, chief services officer at Aberdeen, called the
system "a great example of how organizations can take a
highly decentralized purchasing environment and turn it
around to achieve significant savings." Ralph Maier,
director of purchasing services at the school, said the
solution helped generate over $77.5 million in cost savings.

Duke Cardiologists Receive Custom Application Tool

The Duke University School of Medicine (NC) is partnering with
the HealthGate Data Corp. to develop order sets and point
of care tools for a number of heart related conditions.
Cardiologists affiliated with the School will use the firm's
Quality Architect application development platform to create
evidence-based point of care forms, to support cross-team
communication and to set performance benchmarks. "Doctors
don't always know how to translate the latest evidence into
specific orders for individual patients," said Dr. James
Tcheng, cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at
Duke. "What they need is a practical approach that is
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