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Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

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Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

Small children carry high amounts of virus; safely opening colleges will be a challenge - WHTC News

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Friday, July 31, 2020 2:54 p.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) - The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Open https://ift.tt/2SLXyj2 in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development. Smallest children carry highest viral loads While COVID-19 viral loads have been shown to be similar in children and adults, a new study finds the youngest children - those under age five - carry particularly large amounts of the coronavirus in the nose and throat. Researchers in Chicago tested swab samples from 145 individuals ages one month to 65 years with mild to moderate COVID-19. Their analysis suggests that in the youngest children, the viral load in the upper respiratory tract was 10-fold to 100-fold greater than in adults. The viral load test results did not distinguish between infectious

Edwards-Ross is Full of Surprises and When Colleges See Him at Linebacker, Look Out - Sports Illustrated

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SHAWNEE -- All I saw Da'Shawn Edwards-Ross do was running back drills. He looked good taking a pitch out and going around the end. He looked very agile in the bag drills. He looked exactly the way you want a running back to in taking off on a wheel route and making the grab downfield in stride. The thing is Edwards-Ross is an outside linebacker for the Manhattan (Kan.) High School Indians.  Edwards-Ross really looks the part at linebacker. Robert Allen - Pokes Report publisher However, when I went to watch video on the 6-0, 210-pound outside linebacker from last season all I saw was No. 50 lined up at defensive end and defensive tackle. He finished last season for the 10-1 Indians with 53 tackles and 36 of those unassisted. He made 12.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 5.5 of those were quarterback sacks.  This season he is going to be an outside linebacker. "I've basically played everywhere on the football field, but right now I'm playing outside line

Colleges lease hotels and apartments to reduce housing density this fall - Inside Higher Ed

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In an effort to reduce on-campus housing density, colleges are leasing apartments and hotel rooms to house students this fall. The arrangements are an added cost for colleges when budgets are already tight, but the rooms come at no additional expense for students and will hopefully reduce coronavirus spread on campus. In Boston, Northeastern University will lease rooms at the Westin Copley Place, the Midtown Hotel and a handful of nearby apartment buildings. “We understand that lowering density is going to help us keep everybody safe and healthy and have a successful academic year,” said Kathy Spiegelman, vice president and chief of campus planning and development at Northeastern. She was originally tasked to find 2,000 additional beds, though that target shrank after the university decided students could still have one roommate. Northeastern is renting out some meeting rooms at the Westin to use as classrooms for afternoon and evening seminars. The university will also install lau

Congress should consider the evidence in funding college students' success | TheHill - The Hill

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As it considers another COVID relief package, Congress should provide additional financial support to unemployed and underemployed workers seeking new skills. Research on the 2008 recession makes clear why that matters: 95 percent of the jobs created in the wake of that recession required a college education. In both good and bad economic times, the likelihood of securing a fulfilling career with good wages and work conditions increases with a college credential. But not every college credential leads to a job with decent wages. So, as Congress considers how to support the development of new skills that our workforce needs, it should pay attention to the evidence that indicates which investments are most likely to set people up for success; not just during the recession but after it ends.     Troublingly, Congress is considering a proposal to allow the biggest federal pot of money that supports college students – Pell grants – to be spent on very short-term job training programs (th

Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News

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Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News Posted: 30 Jul 2020 04:40 PM PDT The 2017 Mount Airy Bears prepare to take the field before the West Regional Final against Murphy. Cory Smith | The News Mount Airy players pose for a team picture prior to the 2019 season. News File Photo Legendary Mount Airy coach Jerry Hollingsworth held the school record for career wins (177) for nearly three decades. Hollingsworth, who coached the Bears from 1969-1990, passed away earlier this year at the age of 76. Doug McDaniel | Special to the News Mount Airy's football team has performed at a high level for the better part of the past century. The Granite Bears have made an impact not only in Surry County, but across the state of North Carolina. Mount Airy's championship pedigree predates many of the current area high schools' existence, with the Bears

Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX - CNBC

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Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX - CNBC Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX - CNBC Google to fund 100,000 online certificate scholarships - Big Think Post Master's PMHNP Psych NP Certificate Online - Herzing University Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX - CNBC Posted: 13 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT Today, Google announced three new online  certificate programs in data analytics, project management and user experience design.  The certificates are created and taught by Google employees, do not require a college degree, can be completed in three to six months and are offered through the online learning platform Coursera. Google says it will consider all of its certificates as the equivalent of a four-ye

Under ICE rules and visa complications, a semester with no new international students awaits - USA TODAY

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CLOSE After 9/11, the U.S. enforced stricter control on immigration. This enforcement led to the birth of Homeland Security and ICE, but what is ICE exactly? We explain. USA TODAY Raven Liu always thought that she had a chance, however slim it was, to travel from Beijing to the University of Southern California to attend her first semester in person, even during a pandemic. “It’s meaningless to learn online because I study film production,” the newly enrolled graduate student said. “I can’t collaborate with my teammates for shooting, and my first year of production courses can be wasted.” Liu booked the dormitory and even researched how to travel to the U.S. by circumventing travel restrictions. By last Friday, though, it became clear that her travel plans were off. That’s when Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that newly enrolled international students, such as first-year undergrads and graduate students, will not be allowed to enter the U.S. if their class

UMass Online Launches 34 High Demand Online Degree and Certificate Programs - PRNewswire

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UMass Online Launches 34 High Demand Online Degree and Certificate Programs - PRNewswire UMass Online Launches 34 High Demand Online Degree and Certificate Programs - PRNewswire Belhaven University offering free online master's programs to full-time students - Clarion Ledger Purdue offers affordable online master's degree in civil engineering on edX - Purdue News Service Colleges offer free summer courses - Inside Higher Ed UMass Online Launches 34 High Demand Online Degree and Certificate Programs - PRNewswire Posted: 23 Jul 2020 06:00 AM PDT BOSTON , July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- UMass Online launched 34 fully online degree and certificate programs since the beginning of FY20, the latest in the university's continued commitment to world-class online educational offerings. The new programs include a mix of undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees a