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Carnegie Mellon to Offer Undergrad AI Degrees

Carnegie Mellon University has unveiled plans to launch an undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence this fall. Offered through the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, the program will be the first undergrad degree in AI offered in the nation, according to information released by the university.

Report Suggests Middle-Class Income as Standard for Measuring Value of College

A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and the Century Foundation offers a simple standard by which to determine the worthiness of a college education. The basic idea: to measure college programs and determine whether they'd allow degree-holders to attain middle class earnings and recoup their education costs within 10 years of graduating.

Cornell Sociology Launches Active Learning Project Across 5 Courses

Cornell University's Department of Sociology is offering five large introductory courses that have been reimagined as part of the College of Arts and Science's Active Learning Initiative. The initiative is remaking discussion sections and lectures, in part by better relating them to one another. Other changes include clicker polls, short data analysis assignments and "think-pair-share" activities.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of May 14, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence and InfoComm 2018.



MIT, Stanford Project Protects Security of Genomic Data for Open Research

In a paper appearing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, researchers from MIT and Stanford University have described a new system they've developed for protecting the privacy of people who contribute their genomic data to large-scale biomedical studies. These studies are intended to uncover links among genetic variations in identifying the causes for diseases. The protocol is intended to help make currently restricted data available to the scientific community, potentially enabling secure genome crowdsourcing while still making sure individuals can contribute their genomes to a study without compromising their privacy.

Penn State Teams Turn to AI for Solving Student Problems

A student team at Penn State University has created Aspire, an application to help students map out their college careers by offering A.I.-generated recommendations on experiences and skills needed for their dream jobs after graduation. Another team is using machine learning to scale up competency-based learning by integrating human and algorithmic grading for instant student feedback. These are two of the five prototypes students, faculty and staff at the university are working on as part of this year's Nittany A.I. Challenge. The artificial intelligence challenge is overseen by Penn State's EdTech Network, which builds relationships between the campus and industry.

Tech College to Expand Maker Facilities for Under-represented Engineering Students

A technical college in Washington has received National Science Foundation funding to expand its maker-based learning program. Bellingham Technical College received a $649,480 "Scholarships in STEM" grant to support the college's project, "Building Inclusive Maker Communities for Engineering Technology Students." The program will connect three cohorts of 12 low-income, academically talented students over the course of five years, who will participate in multi-year, extended projects.

Smartphone Shipments Down but More Users Trading up to Premium Devices

Smartphone shipments fell to 334.3 million in the first quarter of the year, down 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. Sales in China, where shipments dipped below 100 million for the first time since 2013, are largely behind the drop.

U Arkansas Network Upgrade to Support IoT and More

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is upgrading its network in an effort to better serve students and employees, streamline the network infrastructure and support emerging technologies like the Internet of Things. The university decided to deploy approximately 3,200 Aruba gigabit WiFi access points and Aruba 303H access points, which are designed specifically for housing and hospitality environments; Aruba access and core switches; network management solutions AirWave and I.M.C.; and ClearPass for additional security.

1 in 10 Students Who Leave College Before Graduation Already Have 90% or More of Their Credits for a Degree

One out of every 10 students who fail to graduate from their college or university have already completed 90 percent or more of the credits they need for a degree, according to a new analysis from Civitas Learning. And nearly one in five students who do not graduate have completed 75 percent or more of their credits. The student success company analyzed data from 53 institutions (30 community colleges and 23 four-year universities), totaling more than 300,000 students, to better understand "near-completer" students and how institutions can target their support services to improve graduation rates.

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