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Kansas faculty finalize social media policy proposal

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The Kansas workgroup tasked to create a new social media policy doubles down on academic freedom in its finalized proposal. But will the regents who wanted to regulate social media use go along?

Broward College finds new life for paper forms with digitization software

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Broward College, in the middle of revamping its recruitment process, finds paper prospect cards still matter.

Study finds slower online growth at community colleges, but growth nonetheless

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While rate of enrollment growth slows, it is still going up at two-year institutions, even as number of students overall declines at many institutions. MOOC skepticism is evident.

Cengage Learning emerges from bankruptcy with focus on digital growth

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After nine months, Cengage Learning emerges from bankruptcy -- and gets right back to addressing familiar challenges.

Pearson Could Earn $186M From U. of Florida Deal

Pearson Embanet could earn up to $186 million over 11 years from its deal to manage the new University of Florida online college, The Gainesville Sun reported. The article details efforts by the university to keep many details (including how Pearson Embanet's performance will be judged) private, saying that they are trade secrets.

 

2U Share Prices Rise After First Day of Trading

The online education company 2U's stock prices rose 7.54 percent after its first day of trading on Friday. The company had priced its initial public offering at $13 a share, and ended the day at $13.98. CEO Chip Paucek rang the opening bell to signal the start of trading Friday morning.

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MOOC providers Coursera and EdX announce new leaders

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Coursera hires Yale's former president and edX brings in a corporate executive to try to take them to the next level.

Much change, some progress dominate second annual Online Learning Summit

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At the second Online Learning Summit, educators survey a landscape vastly different from a year ago.

Missouri Backlash Against Western Governors U.

Missouri lawmakers have attached to a budget bill a ban on using state student aid at institutions that do not have, for purposes of accreditation, a headquarters in the state. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that this is an effort to limit the use of state funds at Western Governors University Missouri, an offshoot of the competency-based online university. Governor Jay Nixon is a big proponent of Western Governors, but some legislators say that it will take money that is needed for other institutions in the state.

Email Privacy Policy Proposed for Harvard

A faculty committee has recommended that Harvard University adopt policies designating specific officials to authorize an email search and -- in most cases -- to inform anyone whose email is searched, The Boston Globe reported. The recommendation follows a controversy in 2012 in which many email accounts were secretly searched. Harvard has not had clear policies on the issue, the committee found. The panel said that there needs to be a "legitimate" or "important" reason for such searches. And that reason -- not an email account holder's status as a student or employee or as a certain kind of employee, such as tenured professor -- should dictate whether a search is performed.

 

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