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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.

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.

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.

Find out why most colleges are only experimenting—for now.

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

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

Providers discuss what they see as the biggest challenges colleges face when managing network bandwidth in residence halls, and if administrators are generally doing all they can to manage bandwidth issues. 

CONNECTED AT “HOME”—IT officials at Rivier University recently purchased access points to cover each of the 400 rooms in its residences, giving students hotel room-like coverage from the dorm (shown in background). Across campus, including at the library, the university throttles streaming to preserve bandwidth.

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Here are the top six biggest bandwidth hogs and the devices of least concern, according to campus IT officers.

WORKING TOWARD THE CHAIN—Any graduate of Central New Mexico Community College can currently receive a free online-accessible diploma. By summer 2019, the college anticipates being able to offer transcripts on the blockchain.

Blockchain can help institutions provide academic credentials more quickly and securely. Steps to adoption involve understanding how to make the switch, how the technology will improve service, and how it could disrupt the register’s office status quo.

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