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Technical problems force University of California, Cal State to extend application deadlines

The University of California and California State University systems both pushed back their application deadlines by one day to account for technical problems right that occurred just before a Tuesday deadline. Cal State’s central application platform buckled under a high number of users trying to access it at the same time, as well as an error with the application’s interface, system spokesperson Toni Molle wrote in an email to EdScoop. Cal State uses a third-party vendor, Liaison, for its interface. The University of California described its central application problems as “connection issues” in a Twitter post notifying students of the extended deadline, but did not specify the cause. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Researchers find that colleges need multiple engagement strategies to reach students

When looking to retain students, colleges must consider that engagement strategies are not one-size-fits all, according to a report from two higher education organizations released Wednesday. The online education company StraighterLine and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, an industry group, found that what students considered effective engagement significantly differed based on demographics. Researchers created “personas” for students who with drew from college after earning credits, analyzing survey data to find which strategies appealed different sorts of learners. Emily has it.

How higher ed is handling AI ethics

As artificial intelligence advances, powering everything from virtual assistants to autonomous vehicles, universities and colleges are researching its potential effects on the humans it’s intended to serve. Along with establishing research centers and proposing new programs to explore concerns around incorporating AI into everyday life, higher education is also looking at how best to adopt AI for everyday operations. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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