Spotlight Story

IoT takes control of colleges

05/2017
Kelly Walsh is CIO of The College of Westchester in New York.

The internet of things—known in acronym-speak as IoT—seems to be popping up everywhere.

Everything is getting connected. Thermostats, fitness bands, voice-controlled assistants, remotely controlled webcams, smartphones, washing machines, autonomous vehicles—the list goes on and on. Gadgets of every shape, size and function connect to the internet to gather and share massive amounts of data.

Growth forecasts suggest tens of billions of devices will be connected as spending exceeds $1 trillion by 2020, according the 2017 NMC Horizons Report for Higher Education.

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Trump travel ban may affect international enrollment

June, 2017
Rahul Choudaha is a higher ed consultant and CEO of DrEducation.

The current anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. has collided with the economic challenges of source countries, creating a perfect storm for international student enrollment.

Should a small college or university be licensing their trademarks?

June, 2017
Kristi Eaves-McLennan is executive director of marketing for Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trademark licensing is big business for big universities. The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association estimates collegiate licensing programs raked in $209 million in 2015.

West Chester University hires VP of administration and finance

June, 2017
Janice Orlov, the previous managing director of finance and operations at UPenn’s Wharton School, has been named vice president for administration and finance at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Janice Orlov has been named vice president for administration and finance at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Teaching the native language of American indians

June, 2017
LANGUAGE LESSONS—Instructor Mary “Betsy” Bissell teaches a new Niagara U course that introduces students to Tuscarora, a dialect of the Iroquoian language spoken in western New York state.

A handful of campuses teach Native American languages to support the efforts of local tribes to preserve their language and expand their culture’s influence on public education, film and other arenas.

A nonprofit acquires a for-profit

June, 2017
PURCHASE PURSUIT—Purdue President Mitch Daniels is framing the Kaplan acquisition as a way for the university to become a digital player in the evolving postsecondary education space.

Purdue University surprised its faculty and the general higher ed sector this spring with its plans to acquire Kaplan University for a symbolic $1 (with a revenue-share plan spanning 30 years).

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5/30/2017

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5/25/2017

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5/24/2017

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5/23/2017

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5/16/2017

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