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MIT to open AI college

December, 2018

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.

Groundbreakings: Niagara University, University of New Haven and Rivier University

December, 2018
The Veterans Lounge at Niagara University in New York comes after Victory Media recognized the institution as one of the country’s top 10 small private schools for veterans and families. It will open in January 2019.

The Veterans Lounge at Niagara University in New York comes after Victory Media recognized the institution as one of the country’s top 10 small private schools for veterans and families. It will open in January 2019.

Model mold response

December, 2018

The University of Maryland created a webpage to keep the campus informed about mold remediation efforts, including FAQs.

Mold forces colleges to relocate students

December, 2018
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.

Student lactation stations on campus

December, 2018
LACTATION POLICIES FOR STUDENTS—Campus administrators (about 60% from facilities, about 25% from administration and finance, and about 11% from human resources) were asked if they have a student policy.
CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE—Lactation rooms at the University of Pennsylvania include a hospital-grade pump and colorful walls.

While most higher ed institutions are in compliance with the 2010 update of the Fair Labor Act and provide staff with a designated area to express milk, there is a large variation in these accommodations for students.

Sponsored Content

12/13/2018

Students expect their higher education experience to be modern and digital, but for many institutions, core systems across campus still rely on paper-based, manual and siloed processes. By automating processes and modernizing workflows, institutions can improve the user experience while reducing costs and workload and improving efficiency.

University Business partnered with FedEx Office to develop and deploy this survey of higher education leaders, exploring the issues and challenges related to the branding or public image of their institutions. Deployed in October 2018, some 300 college and university leaders from a variety of institution types and sizes responded.

From left to right: Ashok Sankar, Director of Solutions Strategy, Splunk; Kara Gillis, Director of Product Marketing, Splunk.

Higher education institutions are challenged with managing their IT systems as they digitally transform their environments. With new technology trends bucking traditional approaches, research shows a general lack of confidence among IT staff and decision-makers. As budgets tighten and IT is increasingly called upon to modernize institutions, IT practitioners need to look at data-driven decision-making strategies.

Nudge theory—using subtle reinforcements to positively influence behavior—is increasingly being implemented in higher education, having been proven to increase FAFSA completions, decrease summer melt and improve retention rates. Tiny “nudges” can result in big changes at any institution.

From left to right: Meghan Turjanica, Product Manager for Student Success, Jenzabar; Mathew Arndt, Lead Data Scientist, Jenzabar; Wade Leuwerke, Associate Professor, Drake University, Co-creator, Jenzabar Student Success Survey.

Many institutions ask their enrollment teams, advising offices, faculty and other departments to focus on student success, but these departments often do not understand all of the unique factors that contribute to the success of their students. A more holistic view is crucial to helping students succeed.