Higher education professionals meet at summit to discuss demands for the 21st Century

The Next Generation Education summit-which took place from 1st to 3rd November at The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia-provided leading executives with an ideal framework for new business relationships to flourish, according to PR Newswire. The summit saw CIOs, IT executives, and provosts of computer and IT from the higher education sector across the US meet to discuss demands for the 21st century in a relaxed and vibrant environment. Speakers included leading industry professionals such as; Adrian Sannier, VP Product Management, Pearson; Kamran Khan, Vice Provost for IT, Rice University; and James Hilton, VP & CIO, University of Virginia, plus many more. Companies including VMWare, PeerApp, and Sprint sponsored the event. Executives had ample opportunity to network with peers. Charlie Baker, Director of Product Management, PeerApp, said of the event, “It’s direct business, it’s direct opportunity, it’s better than a lead,” while Jim Bottum, CIO & Vice Provost, Clemson University, commented, “I’ve found partnerships here that I didn’t expect to find.”

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USA Funds awards $2.5 million in higher education grants

According to PR Newswire, USA Funds, a nonprofit organization that helps American families benefit from postsecondary education, announces the award of more than $2.5 million in grants for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. USA Funds awarded 30 grants to organizations in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

“These grants support programs that improve students’ awareness of and preparation for postsecondary education, promote access to high-quality higher education opportunities, and increase student persistence and completion of their programs of study,” said Robert C. Ballard, USA Funds senior vice president, Access and Outreach. “These programs are in line with the USA Funds mission to enhance preparation for, access to and success in postsecondary education specifically for underserved, low-income middle and high school students; students of color; and first-generation postsecondary students.”

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College education is a scam says new documentary

According to PR Newswire, the National Inflation Association – http://inflation.us – today officially released the most comprehensive documentary ever produced about higher education in the U.S. NIA’s hour-long documentary called ‘College Conspiracy’ exposes the facts and truth about America’s college education system. ‘College Conspiracy’ was produced over a six-month period by NIA’s team of expert Austrian economists with the help of thousands of NIA members who contributed their ideas and personal stories for the film. NIA believes the U.S. college education system is a scam that turns vulnerable young Americans into debt slaves for life…

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Turnitin used by all universities in Singapore

iParadigms, creator of the plagiarism prevention program Turnitin, has announced that its software has been adopted by all four universities in Singapore, PR Newswire reports. Turnitin is used across the universities’ curricula and is available to tens of thousands of educators and students. At the National University of Singapore, where Turnitin has been used since 2002, Associate Professor Brian Farrell in the Department of History says: “In my own experience with Turnitin, I have found it to be useful in doing four important things: categorically exposing crude and massive plagiarism; providing a graphic illustration of general student practices regarding the use of sources and the composition of research essays; providing a graphic teaching aid to instruct students on the problem of cut and paste; and sending a general signal about plagiarism, academic culture, and responsibilities.” More than a half-million educators and millions of students worldwide now use Turnitin, iParadigms says, and the program is available in 10 languages…

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