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Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges

Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges

Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix, and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College, the largest-ever individual gift to support scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The record donation comes amid protests following the police killing of George Floyd, and the national conversation …

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Amazon Starts Small Business Academy at Rural Community Colleges

Amazon, today, launched Small Business Academy. As a result, a combination of in-person classes and seminars will be offered at rural community colleges alongside online webinars. The goal of the Academy is to help thousands of entrepreneurs across the country succeed. And rural communities will not be left behind. The issue of rural communities and …

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How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

CHICAGO—Big Data will save you. Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. Though each of the more than 275 companies exhibiting here at the annual meeting of Educause claimed a unique spin, the typical refrain mixed …

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Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

The act of talking with others—having social debates and conversations—is key to human learning, and this “social learning” has now become an important tenet of teaching and learning. Yet we tend to overlook how ingrained social learning is in our institutions, especially in higher education—how purposefully college campuses are designed to maximize the accidental run-ins …

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Now it is selling all the course content developed for those free courses to colleges that want to use the materials in their own campus programs. The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 …

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As New England Liberal Arts Colleges Struggle Financially, One Pins Hopes on Health Care Majors

New England is known for fall foliage, devotion to its controversial football team and its concentration of small colleges. But financial challenges are endangering this institutional species, forcing campuses in the region to adapt or die. Since 2015, 14 institutions in New England have closed and nine have merged, says Barbara Brittingham, president of the …

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Enrollment Challenges Facing Two-Year Colleges, Including NJC – Sterling Journal-Advocate

It’s not uncommon in my frequent interactions with members of our Sterling community to hear concerns about declining enrollment at Northeastern Junior College. Believe me, I appreciate and share these concerns at as deep a level as anyone in our community. I’d like to share some facts about what is going on nationally as well …

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Colleges Should Be Building Bridges to Careers, Not Stranded Piers

In perhaps the greatest book in the English language, James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” following the famous rowdy opening where stately, plump Buck Mulligan taunts and tests the moody brooding Stephen Dedalus, Joyce cuts to a quieter moment in a classroom. Here, teacher Stephen Dedalus is asking his young students about the Greek general Pyrrhus. One student …

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Colleges Reinforce Inequality Rather than Social Mobility, New Book Argues

Guidance counselors who only steer you toward community college. University recruiters who never visit your high school. Relatives who are ambivalent or even hostile about your goals. If you’re a poor, smart student who dreams of changing your circumstances through higher education, the resistance you often face may make you wonder whether the system is …

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U.S. News Rankings Add Consideration of How Well Colleges Serve First-Generation Students

The rankings of the “best” colleges in America by U.S. News and World Report now take into account how well institutions serve first-generation students. Yet despite a few tweaks to how the magazine defines what makes a top college—iterations in methodology that have become routine—Princeton University is still the highest ranked (again), and there are …

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Colleges Face Investigations Over Whether Their Use of Social Media Follows Accessibility Regulations

Nearly 200 colleges face federal civil rights investigations opened in 2019 about whether they are accessible and communicate effectively to people with disabilities. Among the newer aspects of these kinds of complaints is whether college social media communication meets accessibility standards. While some institutions have tried to punt responsibility for the accessibility of digital tools …

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Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary. Norwich University announced Tuesday that it will become the latest school to offer this type of contract, known as an income share agreement. …

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