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Texas A&M website helps students prepare their devices for next semester

Texas A&M University launched a website last May that university leaders said will help students prepare students gather the appropriate materials as they head back to class this fall. The “Aggie TechList” gathers together information normally scattered across university departments. Texas A&M enrolls more than 70,000 students. Baze said each spring, students and parents frequently call the university to ask about what technology to bring to campus through the central Help Desk. The website was designed to answer those questions, she said. The website uses information from distributed IT departments, as well as the communications provided to incoming students. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Only half of students with disabilities ask for accommodations

Video is the most common way higher education institutions engage students with distance-learning content, but few caption all their video content for accessibility, according a survey being released Tuesday by the transcription and captioning company Verbit. But with just 52% of students interviewed saying they would ask for accommodations like captioning if they’re not automatically provided, Verbit concluded that colleges and universities may need to be more proactive in making learning materials more accessible. Emily has it.

Common App update removes, makes optional some questions

The Common Application, which is used by more than 900 colleges and universities for enrollment applications, released updates to its online application last week. The updates include altering or removing questions that could be seen as having chilling effects on prospective students, Jenny Rickard, the organization’s chief executive, told EdScoop. As part of an ongoing effort to remove barriers to applying to college, the organization reviewed where students stopped on unfinished applications and talked to member institutions, Rickard said. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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