Suresh will chair the council, which will include University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg; Daphne Koller, Coursera co-founder; Anant Agarwal, president of edX; Alfred Spector, vice president of research at Google; Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research; and Tan Chorh Chuan, president of National University of Singapore and chair of Global University Leaders Forum of the World Economic Forum.

The council also includes Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the National Science Board; Peter McPherson, president of Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Hunter Rawlings, president of Association of American Universities; Andrew Rosen, chairman and CEO of Kaplan; Suzanne Walsh, deputy director of postsecondary success at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Carl Wieman, Nobel laureate and professor of physics and education at Stanford University.

Another part of the Carnegie Simon Initiative builds on data that are being collected by the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, which is known as LearnLab and is a collaboration between CMU and Pitt.

LearnLab has received more than $40 million from the National Science Foundation since 2004 and has one year left on its grant.

The Simon Initiative will include efforts to share those data widely, to make it possible for others to contribute more data and to link to other data sets.

The data so far come from more than 200,000 students in K-12 and college who used computer learning that gave them feedback and instruction as they worked in a variety of disciplines, said Kenneth Koedinger, professor of human computer interaction and CMU director at the LearnLab.

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