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Over 100 schools have joined Great Lakes Educational Loan Services’ ScholarNet for Private Loans network this past year to connect with lenders.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

ROOM AND A VIEW—Nestled among the Oakland Hills and overlooking Oakland, San Francisco and the Bay, Holy Names University has 60 wooded acres and space to build on once Samuel Merritt University relocates there.

This fall, Samuel Merritt and Holy Names University signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the possibilities of sharing a single property.

COURSE CATALOG—Nursing programs at the University of Saint Francis should get more notice now that the school has joined Credential Engine, which is developing a searchable database designed to contain all credentials offered in U.S. The service also will help students plot degree paths through higher ed.

The development of career-oriented academic programs will, in the coming years, increasingly rely on collaboration between institutions and industry.

The majority of college students are not aware of any cybersecurity breaches at their institutions despite most IT departments on campuses reporting such incidents, according to a recent report from CDW-G.

Phase one of the Northern Michigan University Medical Plant Chemistry program will be getting students familiar with how the compounds behave on the chemistry lab instruments.

With the growth of medicinal and legalized marijuana products, the program will focus on setting baselines for the numerous strains available through marijuana dispensaries and elsewhere.

The new “marijuana major” at Northern Michigan University, the Medicinal Plant Chemistry program, is the first U.S. undergraduate major in the study of cannabinoids.

GLOBAL LINKS—Arizona State’s Career and Professional Development Services office organized a virtual career fair to connect students with international employers offering internships and career opportunities abroad.

A recent survey by World Education Services (WES) found that more than 40 percent of current international students had not yet used campus career services.

DIGITAL TRAINING GROUND—Institutions increasingly use mixed-reality platforms with virtual students to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to hone their instructional skills.

The University of Wyoming now uses an augmented reality platform with a simulated class as part of its teacher education program.

Experts say the consolidation is a positive move for the state’s higher ed system. Wisconsin’s community colleges will be able to tap into the state system’s resources and services.(Gettyimages.com: omersukrugoksu).

Under a new proposal by President Ray Cross, the University of Wisconsin would merge the state’s 13 two-year colleges into its system.

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