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Tedd L. Mitchell, who began at the Texas Tech University System as interim chancellor in September, now serves as the fifth chancellor and CEO of the system.

Following a brief stint as interim chancellor, Tedd L. Mitchell will now head up Texas Tech University System, including Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, which he will continue to lead in a position he has held since 2010.

MOVE OUT—Students moved into hotels in September while crews cleaned mold from Elkton Hall at the University of Maryland. That school, and others on the East Coast, reported mold growth after abnormally wet, humid weather.

Above-normal humidity across the East this summer caused mold problems in dorms at several higher ed institutions. While crews cleaned, many students moved to other lodgings, though no serious illnesses were reported.

UPenn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies now offers an online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. While many Ivies have digital advanced learning programs, this is the first online option for undergrads.

MIT is betting artificial intelligence will become so ubiquitous it is investing more than $1 billion to create a dedicated college, combining AI, machine learning and data science with other disciplines. It will open next September.

 Michael Babore is executive vice president of consulting services for Relation Insurance Services’ Education Solutions practice. Neil Majors is president of Relation Insurance Services’ Education Solutions practice.

Learn four ways to better understand and optimize your student health insurance plan.

Sean Brown, with years of experience in academic video production, is a consultant with Minneapolis-based Contegy Digital.

Higher ed institutions can help protect this highly sought data.

Brian Klass is senior technology officer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Educators seek ways to streamline presentations—which include storytelling as well as clear, authentic messages—in this age of short attention spans and new tech capabilities. 

Hayley Hanson is chair of the education law practice at Husch Blackwell, and advises institutions on compliance and litigation matters. Ben Irwin is an attorney at Husch Blackwell, and concentrates his practice on compliance and governance issues.

The Department of Education has prioritized Clery Act compliance—including the proper collection, classification and disclosure of crime information—and is willing to use its enforcement authority to levy fines for violations.

Providers discuss how beacon technology is being used at colleges and universities and what can be done to increase usage. 

Here are beacon characteristics and high-potential higher ed uses.

Seven beacon characteristics and nine high-potential higher ed uses—from campus tours to class attendance.

A PERSONAL GUIDE—In the seven-story Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma, students can use the NavApp beacon application to get turn-by-turn navigation guidance in finding resources, service desks, study spaces and event locations. The app integrates with OU‘s campus life app.

Higher ed beacon initiatives have been mostly pilots, but the ways they’ve been received and adapted demonstrate the technology’s potential—from helping students navigate libraries to taking class attendance and more.

In the face of security audits and digital vulnerabilities, today’s policies must include language to protect users while remaining flexible.

To free up bandwidth for academic platforms, Purdue University has suspended access to five major streaming services in its four largest lecture halls.

The goal of the pilot project, which is suspending access to Netflix, Hulu, Apple updates, iTunes and Steam, is to ensure students have unimpeded access to the academic resources they need.

Karine Joly is the web editor behind collegewebeditor.com, a blog about higher ed web marketing, public relations and technologies. She is also the founder of higheredexperts.com.

Creativity drives the popular social media tool that personalizes content for specific users.

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