higher education news
MSU gets $2 million for computational thinking research
Grant funding from the National Science Foundation will help K-12 teachers integrate computational thinking into their classrooms.
Howard U. receives $10M donation to fund STEM scholarships
The donation from Karsh Family Foundation will fund full scholarships and educational opportunities for students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM.
Pearson acquires adaptive learning technology startup Smart Sparrow
Pearson says the new technology will be used to help educators develop more personalized course instruction and feedback for students.
Villanova U. hires former Ellucian executive as CIO
Kelly Doney, a former federal IT consultant and executive with the edtech firm Ellucian, will start as the university's tech chief next month.
Cyber training center at USC Aiken to receive $15M
The facility being built on the South Carolina university campus is tied to one of five Army National Guard cyber battalions.
Penn State's new mobile app puts all academic resources in one place
The new mobile app is "bringing everything together" for students' convenience, said university leaders.
Georgia State U. says digital textbooks will save students $300K
Through a recent $30,000 grant, the school is joining a growing trend of students relying more heavily on digital resources.
Transcription firm Verbit eyes new languages with $31M funding round
The company says its technology, used in many top learning institutions, will be improved and expanded to include support for additional languages.
Louisiana Tech names Tom Hoover as CIO
Formerly the CIO and dean of the library at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Hoover started leading IT at Louisiana Tech earlier this month.
Activists pressure colleges to abandon facial-recognition tech
Advocacy group Fight for the Future says the potential harm of facial recognition is too great and that higher education should give it up altogether.