Indiana ‘brain drain’ draws concerns at universities

In a few weeks, Ashley Robbins will join thousands of Purdue University students in graduation ceremonies. But unlike most of those wrapping up their studies on the West Lafayette campus, Robbins will start her professional career nearby, the Indiana Business Journal reports. Robbins plans to start work this fall at Find8 Digital, a Lafayette media marketing company where she excelled as an intern. “It was mid-February or early March when they first expressed interest in wanting me to stay on,” Robbins said. “I was surprised and ecstatic, because I didn’t think they would want to hire on an intern.” The professional writing student is bucking a widespread trend. Nearly 93 percent of Purdue graduates leave Tippecanoe County within a year of finishing school, according to data gathered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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CampusTours Unveils AnyMap 3.0

4/30/2013 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEB: http://www.campustours.com/pdfs/press13anymap.pdf

CampusTours Unveils AnyMap 3.0

Auburn, ME [April 30, 2013] CampusTours Inc. (www.CampusTours.com, www.CampusMaps.com & www.WalkingTour.com) today officially released AnyMap 3.0, the latest version of CampusTours’ popular AnyMap interactive map software platform.

CampusTours HTML5 AnyMap 3.0 Examples:

HIGH SCHOOL EXAMPLE: Ransom Everglades School: http://res.CampusMaps.com
COLLEGE EXAMPLE: Nova Southeastern University: http://nsu.CampusMaps.com

CampusTours AnyMap 3.0 features include:

• HTML5 Interface & Smartphone Module
CampusTours HTML5 AnyMap 3.0 features an HTML5 interface for tablets, desktops, laptops and netbooks, and a separate smartphone-optimized HTML5 module for smartphone visitors. HTML5 tours work on iOS™, Android™ and many other devices without the need for an app download.

• Directions Module
CampusTours AnyMap now supports on-map directions, providing detailed directions to visitors coming from out of town as well as those navigating just across campus. All that is required is to define the campus roadways and AnyMap automatically determines the shortest navigable route between any two campus points. Try it out now: http://nsu.CampusMaps.com

• Panel View
In AnyMap 3.0, CampusTours responded to client feedback and replaced building windows with side-mounted panels that do not obscure the map when they open. Panel View allows visitors to see both the map and the building information simultaneously, and even allows for full map use while a building detail panel remains open.

• Dynamic State URLs
AnyMap 3.0 stores the current map state in the URL, allowing visitors to use familiar browser conventions like the back/forward buttons and bookmarks feature.

“Today it is more important than ever for organizations to have an easy to navigate interactive campus map that showcases their location to visitors” says CampusTours President Chris Carson. “AnyMap 3.0 delivers an HTML5 interface, an increased ability to utilize the map while reviewing map content and a campus directions feature that gives your community quick routes between buildings. Best of all, AnyMap integrates into your organization’s existing Web presence, immediately enhancing the experience for your visitors.”

About CampusTours Inc.
CampusTours Inc. is an interactive media and software company specializing in meeting the marketing, Web and multimedia needs of academic, non-profit and government organizations. CampusTours specializes in developing virtual tours, video tours, and interactive maps that entice visitors and facilitate direct and meaningful contacts with audiences. CampusTours Inc. is the owner and operator of CampusTours.com, the Internet’s virtual college tour directory, CampusMaps.com, the Internet’s university campus map directory, and WalkingTour.com, the affordable solution for guided online walking tours.

CampusTours Inc. is based in Maine, and is privately held. For more information, visit www.CampusTours.com or call 207.753.0136.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CampusTours Inc. 207.753.0136 info@CampusTours.com

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Germanna Community College Focuses on Safety and Prevention with TIPS Incident Management System

Germanna Community College has launched an online incident reporting platform called TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services) from Awareity, making it easy for students, faculty, staff and others on campus to confidentially report concerning behaviors or incidents.
Bullying, threats to harm, verbal abuse, harassment, assault and battery, domestic violence, weapons, harassment, suicide risks, stalking, hazing, alcohol or drug possession, theft, vandalism and suspicious activity may be reported anonymously.

“TIPS allows anyone within the college community to come forward and anonymously share information regarding concerning behaviors with us,” said Germanna Dean of Student Development Pam Frederick. “The information is immediately communicated to our threat team and proactively investigated so we can prevent the situation from escalating.”

If someone has information about incidents that warrant concern for the safety of students, faculty or staff, they can access TIPS from GCC’s Web site at www.germanna.edu, select their Germanna location and anonymously report the information.

Once an incident is reported in TIPS, the information is immediately routed to the college’s Threat Assessment Team so members can coordinate a response and ensure all actions taken are documented to meet state and federal requirements. More than just an incident reporting form, TIPS provides threat assessment team members with a suite of tools for investigation, coordination, communication, analysis, ongoing tracking, Clery Act reporting and more.

Thanks to an existing Virginia State Contract, TIPS also provides an Awareness & Accountability Vault that allows appropriate Germanna personnel to access guidance, policies, situational awareness and best practices to ensure responses are meeting safety, legal, regulatory and moral obligations. The Awareness Vault helps colleges and universities improve risk management. TIPS is much more effective in sharing role-based training and procedures and can help cut costs across multiple departments for training, travel and documentation.

“It’s critical for us to keep our students and staff safe and TIPS is helping ensure our training and threat assessment process is focused on ongoing prevention, not reaction,” Frederick said.

The TIPS reporting link is easily accessible for students, parents, faculty and community members on the college Web site, at www.germanna.edu.
Germanna has campuses in Massaponax and at Locust Grove, centers in Culpeper County and Stafford County and offices at Central Park.
For more information about Awareity, visit www.awareity.com or www.tipsprevent.com.

Contact:
Katie Weaver
Awareity
402.730.0077
info@awareity.com

Michael Zitz
Director or Media & Community Relations
Germanna Community College
540/846-5163
mzbeckham@germanna.edu

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SIIA Honors Two Education Technology Industry Veterans

SIIA Honors Two Education Technology Industry Veterans

Chairman of the Waterford Institute, VP at Education Networks of America honored with prestigious industry awards at premiere ed tech event

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2013) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces that it will honor Dr. Dustin (Dusty) Hull Heuston, chairman of the Waterford Institute, with its prestigious Education Lifetime Achievement Award. SIIA will also present its Ed Tech Impact Award to Lillian Kellogg, vice president of client services for Education Networks of America (ENA), during the upcoming Ed Tech Industry Summit held in San Francisco May 5-7.

During a special awards ceremony, Heuston will be presented with the award by his son, Dr. Benjamin Heuston, president of Waterford Institute, as SIIA highlights Heuston’s accomplishments and contributions to the education technology industry. Heuston has had a long career as a Wall Street banker, a Naval Air Intelligence officer during the Korean War, a college English teacher, a department chairman, the headmaster of a K-12 school, the founder of the nonprofit Waterford Institute, a for-profit corporation called WICAT Systems, and the co-founder with his wife Nancy of the K-12 Waterford School.

Through Waterford Institute, Heuston produced software for companies such as Microsoft, SRA International and IBM, and created the first educational videodisc for McGraw Hill. In 1996, Pearson took over distribution of Waterford’s products in the U.S. public schools, and today, Waterford Institute’s award-winning reading, math and science curriculum is used in more than 50,000 classrooms in the U.S. and around the world.

“Dusty was an early leader in the educational technology space, and he has stayed ahead of the curve in his work,” said Karen Billings, vice president of SIIA’s Education Division. “His software has spearheaded an interactive, engaging and individualized educational experience for millions of students across the United States.”

In addition, SIIA will present the Ed Tech Impact Award to Lillian Kellogg for her accomplishments and contributions to the education technology industry, as well as to the Education Division of SIIA.

Kellogg has dedicated her career to education and has 30 years of experience in the field of educational technology. She has been elected to and participated in several industry-leading association boards of directors, including the SIIA Education Division. Kellogg has also been actively involved with Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), where she served multiple terms as a board member. She also co-chaired several of CoSN’s high-profile initiatives. Kellogg is the past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), where she now chairs the Leadership Development & Sustainability and Membership Committees. She started her career as a high school teacher and owned and operated Computer Plus/Education Access, one of Apple’s largest education sales agents in the U.S. from 1983 through 1997. As vice president of client services for ENA, Kellogg oversees marketing and strategic national partnerships.

“During Lillian’s years of service, she has made outstanding achievements that benefit the entire education industry,” said Billings. “Her hard work and dedication have helped innovative education technology ideas flourish, making her a worthy recipient of the Ed Tech Impact Award.”

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

Media Contacts

• Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications, 410-533-1943, lgreenback@siia.net

• Saul Hafenbredl, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x25, saul@cblohm.com

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Students prefer to take ‘important’ courses face to face

Lab sciences were among the “difficult” courses avoided in online settings.

The independent nature of online courses has seemingly driven community college students to sign up for less challenging classes online while taking tough classes in a traditional classroom.

While prior studies have shown that many community college students struggled in web-based courses, new research published this week by the Community College Research Center in New York shows that even as two-year schools have grown their various online offerings, students are hesitant to take “important” classes outside the face-to-face teaching and learning environment.

The flexibility and convenience of online college classes continue to be a primary draw for nontraditional students with jobs and families, according to the CCRC research, but students quoted in a survey said determining which courses to take online boiled down to whether they considered a class interesting, important, easy, or difficult.

Lab science was among the courses considered ill-fit to take on the web, according to the CCRC study.

“It’s kind of like, ‘No, that seems a bit much.’ I don’t want to have a chemistry lab going on in my kitchen,” a student said in CCRC’s survey.

Foreign language classes also fell well within the “difficult” classification, as many students said they would only take those courses on campus.

“Based on students’ explanations, it appeared that language practice in these courses was purely textual, with little opportunity for listening and no opportunity for spoken practice,” the paper said.

“When all you do is write your German and type in little prompts, you’re not really learning how to speak it,” one student said.

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‘You Deserve Rape’ sign held by ‘Brother Dean’ outrages University of Arizona students

Dean Saxton, a student at the University of Arizona, stood on campus Tuesday wearing a shirt that said “Virgin Pride” and holding a sign reading “You Deserve Rape,” The Huffington Post reports. Saxton, who’s known on the UA campus as “Brother Dean,” gathered a crowd of onlookers by holding the sign and suggesting women who wear short shorts in 90-degree weather are asking to be raped, the Daily Wildcat reported. Saxton had other signs, too, which read “Rapists Deserve The Death Penalty,” “Frat Boys Are The Rapists” and “Sorority Girls Are Whores,” according to a video posted on YouTube. As seen in the video, Saxton yelled, “You deserve to be raped,” at women walking by, insisting their fathers hate them for allowing them to dress in that way. He also shouted, “All Muslims are pedophiles,” at one point in the footage. The video also shows a few men losing their temper and attempting to knock the sign out of Saxton’s hands, only to be restrained by others gathered in the crowd.

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Financial aid app available for Illinois college students

College-bound students might check out a new, free smartphone application designed to help them plan, prepare and pay for college, Pantagraph reports. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission this week launched its B4College app, which can send students personalized notices, including reminders about student aid application deadlines. The app currently is available for Android smartphones at Google Play. A Facebook account is required to use the app. The commission expects to launch an iPhone version in early summer.

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Free college options still exist, for those willing to build ships, milk cows or salute

 

When the trustees of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art voted this week to start charging for an undergraduate degree, it ended the institution’s lengthy reign as the most famous tuition-free private college in America, The New York Times reports. But it was never the only such place. While most colleges grapple with the growing burden of student debt, a few outliers across the country and even New York State offer a college education for the one price that looks good in any economy: nothing. To qualify for Cooper Union’s largess, applicants had to prove themselves on the highest tier of the highest tier of academic or artistic achievement. That might strike some New Yorkers as easy compared with the requirements at some of the other free colleges. One requires students to work on a ranch, milking cows and harvesting alfalfa. Another requires them to build a container ship. And the national service academies, of course, require years of service in support of a robust national defense.

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Fischer and DISYS Solutions Partner for Identity and Access Management in Education

Naples, FL and Chantilly, VA – Fischer International Identity, a leading provider of solutions for Identity & Access Management and Governance (IAM & IAG), and DISYS Solutions, Inc. (DSI), a minority-owned integrator that has delivered hundreds of successful advanced technology solutions, announce their partnership to deliver visionary Identity & Access Management and Governance solutions to Education and State & Local Government. The partners’ combined solutions deliver added value in record time to produce competitive advantages for customers.

Automating IAM can be highly complex and expensive without the right solution or provider. According to Vijay Soni, the Director of Operations at DSI, “All institutions and municipalities perform IAM, but for some, it’s a necessary evil while for others, it’s a strategic advantage. This partnership will reduce complexity and mitigate risk for deploying IAM solutions.”

The partnership provides strategic advantages for customers: Fischer has removed the barriers typically associated with Identity & Access Management and Governance to enable any-sized institution or municipality to meet its goals related to security, privacy and process automation. The qualifications of DSI in ITIL and Transformational Solutions Methodology provide a cohesive set of best practices that help to optimize their customers’ IT infrastructure and processes.
• Streamline and secure access to campus and Cloud accounts and resources.
• Control costs and refocus IT resources on key initiatives.
• Speed and simplify audit and compliance activities.

“We are pleased to partner with DSI, as their core competencies and customer-centric vision complement Fischer’s,” said Dennis McDermott, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fischer. “The specialization and expertise of both organizations will result in faster time to value, especially in the higher education market.”

The partners’ identity and access management solutions include: user provisioning, password reset, role and account management, user self-service provisioning, user recertification and attestation, GRC (governance, risk management and compliance), privileged access management, single sign-on, and federation.

About Fischer International Identity
Fischer is the leader in cloud-based identity management and has a distinguished history of providing unparalleled value through its innovation and thought leadership. Fischer‘s identity services platform simplifies identity management, scales seamlessly across organizations of all sizes, and can be implemented either as an on-premise deployment or via its Identity as a Service® Cloud. Fischer solutions are Simple, Flexible, and Guaranteed. For additional information, please visit www.fischerinternational.com.

About DISYS Solutions, Inc.
DISYS Solutions, Inc. (DSI), is a Minority Owned, Certified Small Business with over 20 years of experience providing state, local, and education agencies with computer hardware, servers, peripherals, software, network management services, and integration services. Built upon a foundation of Customer-Centricity and Customer-Satisfaction, its Technology, Architecture Core Competencies, and Engagement Methodologies provide customized and complete IT solutions to meet the requirements of each customer, including turn-key services through DSI’s Cloud Computing and Cloud Services Practice. For additional information, please visit www.disyssolutions.com.

Trademark Notice
Fischer International, Fischer International Identity, Identity as a Service, Ignite IT, Ignite Federation, Identity Management Made for Higher Education, and IaaS are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Fischer International Identity.

Contacts
Fischer International Identity
Glenn Choquette, +1 239-643-1500
gtc@fischerinternational.com
or
Vijay Soni
Director of Operations
bids@disyssolutions.com
(703) 802-0500

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Decision on California’s controversial online courses expected soon

Most California community colleges had wait lists in 2012.

California legislators are expected to decide next week on the fate of a much-criticized plan to address overcrowding issues by allowing online courses from unaccredited platforms count for credit at public colleges and universities.

The state’s education committee on April 24 heard discussion about the controversial SB520, which has faced fierce opposition from faculty labor unions – among other groups – who say the inclusion of course credit from unaccredited providers could water down public education.

Campus administrators and online education advocates have watched the bill closely since it was proposed in March. Its passage through California’s Senate could mark a major shift in the role of online courses in higher education, as accepting credits from unaccredited providers would expand college opportunity in any state that adopts similar legislation.

Democratic State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the bill’s sponsor who has defended the legislation as a necessary use of technology to address a growing problem of overcrowding at California’s 145 public colleges and universities, presented an amended version of the bill to those concerned about its passage.

One amendment, Steinberg said, would ensure the state’s public money did not go to private companies that provide online courses – a main concern of the bill’s most vocal critics.

Another amendment discussed by education committee members would not force colleges and universities to seek help from outside online course providers, but rather create their own web-based course options to ease overcrowding.

“No college student should be denied the right to complete their education because they could not get a seat in the course they needed in order to graduate,” Steinberg said when the bill was introduced in March. “This is not technology for technology’s sake. It addresses a real challenge.”

High-demand courses are in short supply, particularly at community colleges. Last fall, more than three-quarters of California’s 112 community colleges had wait lists, averaging 7,000 students each.

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