news roundup

The Friday 4: Your weekly ed-tech rewind

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week

Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting news and thought-provoking developments from the past week.

I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to browse eCampus News and read up on other news you may have missed.

This week? Experimenting with funding models to help nontraditional students, research grants for STEM advances, new admissions tools, and using technology to connect STEM and humanities.

Read on for more:

UT Austin Selected for national experiment with funding for nontraditional students
The University of Texas at Austin is one of eight universities selected to participate with private sector partners in a new, experimental U.S. Department of Education program that will allow nontraditional students to have access to $17 million in financial aid.

New tool plays admissions matchmaker
In what could be considered the admissions matchmaker for higher education and students, marketing agency Higher Ed Growth has released a new lead generation tool called EduMaximizer that is aimed at helping students to match with the best institution and degree program that meets their needs, while also promoting compliance.

Toyota gives U. Michigan $22M for robotics research
The Toyota Research Institute has committed to giving $22 million to advance research on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan.

3 ways technology can bridge the STEM-Humanities divide
As anyone invested in education knows, focusing on one end of the curricular spectrum is never wise: too much focus on the humanities and there goes scientific progress bolstering the economy; too much focus on STEM and there goes creativity and reasoning bolstering the human species.

Laura Ascione