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MNSCU'S new accountability dashboard monitors performance and tracks strategic goals.

BI SAVES BUCKS. eThority's Enterprise Edition business intelligence solution is generating $600k in annual savings for Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The web-based software automates the college's extensive financial reporting for grant recipients, taking the place of three weeks of staff time per month.

IMPROVING ON 3LCD. Sanyo, manufacturer of LCD and DLP projectors, has introduced a new 4LCD optical engine, which adds a color-control device to conventional 3LCD (red/green/blue) systems. The proprietary colorcontrol device allows a projector to automatically control the amount of yellow light in an image, producing higher luminosity with improved color accuracy and clarity, according to company representatives. The first projector to feature the 4LCD engine, Sanyo's PLC-XP200L model, ships next month with an MSRP of $9,995.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE. A new accountability dashboard application designed by iBusiness Solutions will monitor performance across the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system. The interactive, web-based dashboard provides 10 key performance measures tied to MNSCU system strategic goals (such as access and opportunity, quality programs and services, and meeting state and regional economic needs). MNSCU staff, state legislators, and the public can access and drill down on the data here.

PRIMO PORTAL. The University of Notre Dame's (IN) Hesburgh Libraries, in conjunction with the Michiana Academic Library Consortium, have selected the Primo library search and access tool from Ex Libris to serve as the university's primary library portal. The Primo software will provide a single interface for discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, including books, journal articles, and digital objects within the libraries' collections. Read more here.

ACUTA NAME CHANGE. Industry association ACUTA has changed its name to the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. The addition of the word "Information" in the name reflects the evolving roles of ACUTA members as they manage today's converging voice and data networks.

KEEPING AN EYE ON EDUCATION. Sony has launched an end-user benefits program called "Eye on Education", offering education institutions competitive pricing, exclusive service and support capabilities, extended warranties, financing options, and trade-in opportunities for Sony professional display products. Special pricing on 12 projector models ranges from $584 to $2,069 (without the need for rebates), with six of the 12 projectors priced under $1,000. In addition, education customers who purchase projector models VPL-CX100, VPL-CX120, VPL-EX5, or VPL-EX50 before Sept. 30 can receive an extra lamp for free (with mail-in rebate).


Mark SimonsNEW TOSHIBA PRES. Toshiba America Information Systems (TAIS) has named Mark Simons president and CEO. Simons will succeed Masa Fukakushi, who will become chairman and CEO of Toshiba America. Prior to his new position, Simons served for more than 15 years at TAIS, most recently as VP and general manager.

TOPSCHOOL EXECS. TopSchool, a SaaS provider of administrative solutions for higher ed institutions, has announced the appointments of Matthew Schnittman and Justin McMorrow as president/CEO and senior VP of sales and marketing, respectively. Both execs came from eCollege, where Schnittman served as president and McMorrow as VP of sales and business development.

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