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9/24/2021

Universities are beginning to enforce their coronavirus policies with Texas A&M and Penn State beginning to take action against employees and students who don't comply.
Penn State suspended 117 unvaccinated students who didn't have the required weekly tests, while Texas A&M has warned students they face suspension or expulsion for violating testing and quarantine rules.

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University Business
9/24/2021

Over the past few years, chatbots have become common in higher ed, helping students apply to college and for financial aid, among other functions. Now, AI-powered chatbots are being utilized more often in K-12. Proponents say the digital assistants can help districts utilize their human resources more efficiently and promote equity in the process. "We're not trying to replace humans," says
AtlasRTX president Mike Bills. "There are just nowhere near enough humans in education. We are trying to be the assistant to those staff members and faculty so that they can focus on just those high-value tasks."

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Tech & Learning
9/24/2021

Storyboard That lets anyone, be it a teacher, student, parent, whoever - create visually engaging storyboards. A storyboard is a movie-making tool used to lay out a film beforehand visually, with drawing and writing. Think a bit like comic books, but with a more symmetrical and uniform layout. This particular version of that gets you all the visually punchy results without the need to be able to draw. In fact, with lots of community-created content already there, you could have a storyboard without having to come up with any original work at all.

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Tech & Learning
9/24/2021

The board of trustees of Boston University voted this week to eliminate fossil fuels investments from its endowment, which student activists have been calling for since 2014. President Robert Brown said the amount invested in fossil fuels is "economically inconsequential," he said the decision will put the school "on the right side of history."

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The Hill
9/24/2021

The chancellor of the University of California at Riverside invoked Mr. Rogers in a YouTube video in which he encouraged students to follow new rules about wearing masks and wellness checks. This week 26,000 students returned to campus, along with 1,100 faculty.

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CNET
9/24/2021

The Moody Foundation has given Rice University $100 million, which ties a $100 million gift from the Robert A. Welch Foundation as the largest private donation in the school's history. The Moody donation will be used to build the Moody Center for Student Life and Opportunity.

9/23/2021

About one in five college students say they self-censor often on campus, but 40% said they felt they could publicly disagree with a professor, a survey of students enrolled at 159 colleges found. The survey, by RealClearEducation, College Pulse and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, also evaluated schools' tolerance for free speech, with Claremont McKenna College in California ranking first.

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Inside Higher Ed
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College Pulse
9/23/2021

More than 50 University of Georgia professors are pushing back against the school's decision not to mandate masks by requiring masks in their classrooms. In a letter to the administration, the professors said they felt the need "to protect our students and fellow employees from the unnecessary dangers associated with inappropriate public health planning and messages,"

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CNN
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University of Georgia
9/23/2021

The CSS Profile, used to determine students' eligibility for financial aid, will be free for students with a family income of up to $100,000, the College Board has decided. The board also said it is developing a streamlined version of the questionnaire that is used by around 300 schools.

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Inside Higher Ed
9/23/2021

Colleges need to take a strategic approach to addressing food insecurity on campuses by improving access to services, removing the stigma and partnering with community organizations, writes Christel Perkins, deputy executive director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, in this opinion piece. data from the nonprofit Hope Center shows that, before the pandemic, 43% of college students said they had food insecurity issues.

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The Hechinger Report