Industry News: Higher ed institutions take on new programs, sign on with providers

By: | Issue: April/May, 2019
April 11, 2019
Colleges and universities around the country are teaming with providers and organizations on new programs, covering public interest technology, retail management, employee mortgage loans, clean energy research, online courses and equity.Colleges and universities around the country are teaming with providers and organizations on new programs, covering public interest technology, retail management, employee mortgage loans, clean energy research, online courses and equity.

Arizona State University and 20 other higher ed institutions have created a network to expand the field of public interest technology with support from the Ford Foundation, New America and the Hewlett Foundation. ASU has launched an assessment to examine the technical needs of not-for-profit organizations and is working with politicians and lobbyists. 

Virginia Tech recently selected Follett Higher Education Group to manage its bookstores, convenience stores, Starbucks location, and various websites, catalogs and stadium athletics stores. Virginia Tech continues to oversee retail and vending contract performance. 

The University of California has selected Applied Business Software’s The Mortgage Office to securely manage employee mortgage loans. The cloud-based platform will integrate with existing systems while streamlining internal processes and increasing financial controls. 


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For three years, The University of Massachusetts Lowell will run clean energy research projects with Greentown Labs, which has a clean technology startup campus. Both organizations will have access to each other’s in-residence programs and resources.

Eastern Michigan University recently launched a 12-week online, noncredit health care pilot course with Amesite, an artificial intelligence software company. The course offers continuing education units as part of a business and community outreach program.

Every year, Hiram College (Ohio) will pay tuition and mandatory fees for up to five new students from Say Yes to Education communities, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Eligible students live in households with incomes at or below $75,000.


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