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10/14/2020
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University disruption continues into spring

Colleges and universities have changed their spring schedules as the the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, with many announcing plans to continue remote instruction into the spring semester, cancelling spring break and once again deciding to hold graduation ceremonies online. The fall semester had a similarly inauspicious start and yet again university leaders are rolling back plans or doubling down on remote learning. George Washington University is among those to delay its plans to return to normal, with GW President Thomas LeBlanc announcing to students and faulty that there was a “general consensus for continuing virtual education into the spring.” Betsy Foresman has more.


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Inside UC Davis' green energy plan

UC Davis, along with the rest of the University of California system, pledged in 2013 to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions from its physical plant and vehicle fleet to zero by 2025, with the goal of replacing the system’s use of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. The school’s facilities management team told EdScoop its data collection efforts give students the ability to study emissions in real time and help reduce energy consumption over the long term. “The basic strategy is minimize your usage of carbon, minimize how much you’re producing,” said UC Davis' Joshua Morejohn. Betsy dug into the university's plan.


Preparing the workforce for AI

With artificial intelligence used increasingly across nearly all professional sectors, universities need to educate their students about AI and data science, education leaders said in a webinar last week. AI’s power has grown immensely over the last decade, said University of Florida Provost Joseph Glover said during a webinar hosted by video graphics company Nvidia, pointing to its role in helping researchers and businesses solve problems like climate change and health-care efficiency. “[AI] is having a rapid and profound impact on many sectors of society,” Glover said. “So as a university, we are in the business of preparing students to go out into society, be successful, drive the interests of society and to prosper.” Read on.


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