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UT-KNOXVILLE STUDENTS can reserve study space on the fly with a swipe of their campus ID cards.

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SELF-SERVICE SAVES TIME. With about 12,500 students, Columbia College Chicago schedules more than 1,000 student appointments a week across campus. To streamline the process, the school has deployed TimeTrade's Enterprise Scheduling Application campuswide, enabling students to self-schedule time with advisers and staff across Admissions, Student Financial Services, the Advising Center, the Portfolio Center, the Learning Center, and more. According to administrators, the new web-based system is saving each department an average of six hours per week; students are spending 66 percent less time scheduling meetings, and no-shows have been eliminated.

GUIDING ADULTS TO ONLINE EDUCATION. The President's Forum, a consortium of traditional and nontraditional adult-serving colleges and universities focused on online education, has launched an initiative called Transparency by Design, aimed at helping adult learners find online education institutions that support their professional and personal goals. Via the new website, the initiative provides information on program-level learning outcomes, how outcomes are being measured, and how students have performed on those measures. Still in development are modules that will provide student satisfaction data, progress rates, and other stats on each member institution participating in the initiative. American InterContinental University Online is a charter member of the site.

TEXTBOOK RENTAL PARTNERSHIP. McGraw-Hill Education and online textbook rental company Chegg.com have announced the launch of a pilot shared-revenue program in which McGraw-Hill will provide new print textbooks directly to Chegg for its online rental business. Both companies will receive revenue for each rental through the life of each textbook, and students will benefit from the expanded supply of textbooks available from Chegg's rental service. The pilot program will be used to determine the economics of renting textbooks in a live-market test.

ROOM SCHEDULING AND ACCESS. Bringing together technology from three different vendors, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has created an integrated room reservation and building access solution for its James A. Haslam II Business Building. A network of 42 kiosks at the entrance of classrooms, conference rooms, and team room suites throughout the building allows students and faculty to view room schedules at a glance, reserve rooms, see the latest college and university news, and gain scheduled access to rooms-- all with the swipe of a university ID card. NetSimplicity's Meeting Room Manager web scheduling engine handles the building's room scheduling, and the Cardax door access system from Gallagher Security Management Systems controls building access. Janitor Joe from Coactive Systems acts as middleware to integrate the Cardax and Meeting Room Manager databases and manage communications between the two systems.

NEW LMS FOR SJSU. San Jose State University (CA) has selected the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning solution for campuswide implementation. The school is looking to increase adoption of its eLearning initiatives while maximizing financial resources, reports William Maguire, VP of IT and CIO. Read more here.

OPEN SOURCE RESOURCE. Edu1world.org, an online professional networking site for higher education technology professionals and practitioners, has launched an open source community to connect successful open source users on campuses worldwide with colleagues looking for guidance on a wide variety of products and providers. The vendor-neutral community is free for employees of higher ed institutions; vendors and consultants may also join for a monthly fee.

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Henry BienenPRESIDENTIAL MOVES. Northwestern University (IL) President Henry Bienen has retired, and will now serve as vice chairman of the Rasmussen College (online) Board of Directors. Morton Schapiro has taken the helm as Northwestern's president, coming from a nine-year stint as president of Williams College (MA).

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