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It’s first and goal for Eric Wilson, a senior at Saint Anselm College who, with his business partner, has developed software that could revolutionize the way football teams are coached and practice plays. The technology, “MentalRep,” from Eric Wilson, a computer science business major from Dover, N.H., and Harris Williams, a Boston College graduate from Lynn, Mass., turns a coach’s two-dimensional playbook with its X’s, O’s and arrows into an interactive video-based simulation; a game-like bird’s-eye-view animation that replicates teams on the field, complete with team colors and player numbers. Read more.

Leveraging the immense popularity of the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has launched a nationwide campaign titled #BlackSTEMLikeMe. This unique multimedia initiative is aiming to encourage black students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to share their stories and passions; bring visibility to the important work they are doing; show black boys and girls that a future in STEM is an incredible and attainable career path; demonstrate the value of NSBE membership and celebrate the unique, wonderful and life-changing aspects of the African-American community — past and present. Read more.

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The University of North Georgia (UNG) has partnered with MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, to open a learning and creation lab known as the UNG MakerBot Innovation Center on the Dahlonega Campus. The center is a lab space consisting of 3D printers and software used to allow students to conceptualize, create and produce new projects and products. Read more.

College planning and career support

NextTier Education Inc. can now deliver its robust content and college planning and application platform in over 100 languages. With NextTier, students and families can instantly translate data and information on more than 4,700 colleges and 20,000 scholarships. Read more.

Hobsons, provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, today announced the acquisition of RepVisits, a service that connects high school counselors with college admissions representatives, making it easier for high schools of all sizes to attract on-site visits from colleges and universities. Read more.

CollegeVine, provider of student mentoring and college admissions guidance, is reporting an exceptional admissions cycle for its Early Action/Early Decision applicants, with a 46 percent acceptance rate to Ivy League and equivalent schools—more than twice the national average. Other highlights include multiple acceptances at all 17 applied-for U.S. News & World Report-ranked “top 20” schools, with 50 percent of students getting into their overall top-choice school. These results cap a year that saw the number of CollegeVine clients rise by 300 percent over 2015. Read more.

McDaniel College has partnered with Montgomery College to offer Educator’s Legacy Scholarships. Children of employees at Montgomery College are now eligible to receive up to $100,000 to attend McDaniel College. High school seniors or current community college students who complete a college preparatory program with a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply. The parent or guardian must be a full time employee of Montgomery College and have worked full time in education for the past four consecutive school years. Read more.

Portfolium is partnering with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to bring Portfolium’s cloud-based portfolio solution to CFAES’s nearly 3,700 students. The partnership between Portfolium and CFAES will help increase awareness for students and other stakeholders about the importance of the job search process and the steps students need to take to launch successful careers. Read more.

Online learning

2U, Inc. has formed a new partnership with the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology to launch Law@Pepperdine, a new online master of legal studies (MLS), and Psychology@Pepperdine, a suite of online degrees in psychology. Read more.

Across the nation, nurses have been encouraged to develop the knowledge, leadership abilities, and interpersonal proficiencies beyond what is learned at the bachelor’s degree level in order to improve the health care system. In response to this need, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has developed a portfolio of new online degree and certificate programs in nursing within the fields of education, organizational leadership, and informatics. Read more.

More people than ever, around the world, will be able to learn from Colorado State University — along with other top institutions like the University of Virginia and Penn State — thanks to a new partnership with FutureLearn, an international social learning platform that specializes in delivering online education at any scale. FutureLearn, started by The Open University in the United Kingdom, works with more than 100 preeminent international universities and specialist education providers to offer hundreds of high-quality online courses. Read more.


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, often referred to as the Island University, is the only university in the nation housed on its own island, and is located at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast. The University’s Department of Theatre & Dance includes the Warren Theatre, a proscenium stage that seats more than 200. Recently, the theatre—built in the late 1970s—required an audio overhaul to replace old and outdated microphones and sound equipment. The school tasked Philip Johnson, lighting designer/technical director and Professor of Theatre at the University, to identify and install a fully digital system setup. Johnson turned his attention to Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless with a combination of handhelds and body transmitters. Read more.

Ericom Software, provider of application access and desktop virtualization solutions, announced that the University of Colorado Law School has deployed Ericom AccessNow to support its nine on-campus legal clinics, where students have the opportunity to practice law with faculty guidance. Utilizing pure browser-based technology, Ericom AccessNow gives Colorado Law student attorneys flexible and secure access to practice management software, secure email accounts, desktop features, and case materials from any device, anywhere. Read more.

Texas A&M University will implement SciQuest‘s procure-to-pay, sourcing and supplier management solutions on its main campus in College Station, as well as at its branch campuses at Galveston and Qatar and throughout its Health Science Center. They are currently using SciQuest’s spend analytics tool. With more than 66,000 students and annual research expenditures exceeding $866 million, Texas A&M is one of the largest and most diversified universities in the nation. It includes 16 colleges and schools and two branch campuses. Read more.

Extron Electronics introduced the new VoiceLift Pro Microphone System. VoiceLift Pro is designed to evenly distribute the teacher’s voice throughout the classroom, which has been proven to increase student achievement. VoiceLift Pro wireless technology utilizes digital transmission and pairing in a dedicated spectrum to provide superior performance over traditional systems. Read more.

Crestron introduced a flexible and powerful table-top meeting room system with Crestron Mercury. The sleek, all-in-one console is all you need to transform your meeting rooms into highly effective collaboration spaces. It combines all the must-have conferencing and collaboration features employees need, along with the fast, secure cloud deployment and management required by IT managers. Read more.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Pennsylvania State University have chosen the InfoReady Review™ platform to streamline time-consuming grant funding processes. Review™ offers increased efficiency and frees up resources to be reassigned to other fundraising efforts and opportunities. Read more.

Comcast launched Xfinity On Campus at Lynn University. Xfinity On Campus is a service that lets college students watch live TV and On Demand content on their IP-enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. The addition of this student amenity provides approximately 1,000 students with a service that is currently enjoyed by many students at universities and colleges across the country. Read more.

Campus Management Corp. announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will use the CampusNexus® CRM solution to transform the way it connects and engages with constituents. Known as a Gateway to the Americas, UTRGV is located in the Rio Grande Valley with close proximity to the Gulf Coast. It is the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the United States and is focused on creating global leaders in business, medicine, science, education and technology. Read more.

Digital resources

A new collaboration between Follett Higher Education Group and VitalSource Technologies LLC is making it easier for college students to access their digital learning materials. By integrating systems, Follett, the nation’s largest campus retailer, and VitalSource®, Ingram Content Group’s educational technology division, are eliminating the need for passcodes to access VitalSource content via Follett’s BryteWave digital textbook reader. Students simply log in to their learning management system (LMS) and click a link for instant access to their needed materials. Read more.


The University of Houston has received final approval from the State of Texas to launch an Education Research Center. The goal of the center is to improve student outcomes and strengthen the workforce based on new research designed to answer countless questions that historically perplex education policymakers. Read more.

New learning programs

Four major associations have joined together as a cohesive voice advocating for adult students and the institutions that serve them. With support from Lumina Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), President’s Forum, and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) are pleased to announce the National Adult Learner Coalition. The Coalition’s mission is to advance the adult learner agenda to expand post-secondary education and credentialing opportunities that will strengthen our communities, regions, and national economy. Read more.

New York University is announcing the establishment of an MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program for executives (MS CRS). Offered jointly by NYU School of Law and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the one-year program will not simply confer a new degree, but a new category of degree—one built around the interdisciplinary training and perspective needed to address a new category of threat. Read more.

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