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Making a digital promise

April 13, 2012

In August 2008, Congress created “a new national center founded to spur breakthrough technologies that can help transform the way teachers teach and students learn.” Digital Promise, also known...

Drawing the line between private and professional

April 6, 2012

John Doe is a successful engineering student in his final year of school. Armed with a 4.0 GPA, numerous academic awards and a long list of professional experience, Doe is primed to enter the job hunt....

When the donor becomes the decider

March 30, 2012

While the era of “big government” spending on higher education is over, the era of big philanthropy has just begun. According to a recent study conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education,...

The promise and potential of education start-ups

March 23, 2012

Hard economic times have meant budget cuts across the board for higher education. But while universities across the nation are facing financial challenges, education-technology start-ups are experiencing...

Putting vocation back into education

March 9, 2012

Last month, Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, made a startling revelation. He found that more and more graduates of four-year universities are going to community colleges “to get that...

Improving the value of a college degree

February 24, 2012

In January of 2011, the University of Chicago Press published a startling account of the state of higher education. The book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” by...

New policy could jeopardize online privacy

February 20, 2012

Two weeks ago, Google announced a new, controversial privacy policy that will consolidate all 60 existing policies. This announcement sparked criticism from both users and policymakers, including Julie...

Revamping the energy curriculum

February 8, 2012

As the Republican primary rages on, the polarization of the political scene is as evident as ever. From health care to the tax code, Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to come together on any important...

Give credit where credit is due

January 30, 2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hoping to legitimize and further transform online learning. The school finds itself at the forefront of the open educational resources movement. With its many online...

A misguided attempt to fight piracy

January 19, 2012

For the past several months, a viral campaign to prevent the passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), its counterpart in the U.S....

Public concern on what is private

December 7, 2011

 A recent discovery by a security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, created a media firestorm around the Mountain View, Calif. startup Carrier IQ. In a Youtube video, Eckhart details how the Carrier IQ...

Envisioning an e-university

December 1, 2011

This summer, South Korea announced plans to digitize its entire elementary and secondary school curriculum by 2015. The high-tech east Asian country is making a $2-billion bet against traditional textbooks....

An alternative to grade inflation

November 17, 2011

Last week, a column in The Daily Texan suggested that universities should inflate grades in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to satisfy worker shortages in those fields. This argument,...

The path of no return

November 10, 2011

A recent Bloomberg article sheds light on a unique relationship that has been developing between U.S. universities and the Chinese government. Hanban, a Beijing-based organization with close ties to the...

Bending the future

November 3, 2011

Last week, Nokia unveiled its much-anticipated line of Windows-based smartphones at Nokia World 2011. In the past couple of years, the once-leading telecom giant has steadily fallen behind its competitors...

Bringing laptops back

October 27, 2011

The slogan for computer manufacturer ASUS’s new Zenbook is, “Do you believe in love at first sight?” While this might seem like a bold statement, ASUS’s new line of ultrabooks is...

Living among the clouds

October 20, 2011

Meg Whitman recently made one of her first public appearances as CEO of Hewlett-Packard in a video conference with a group of college technology leaders. The main topic of this meeting was to announce...

Crowdsourcing democracy

October 13, 2011

A recent Gallup poll shows that congressional job approval was riding high at a sizzling 15 percent for the month of September. This continues to highlight America’s disenchantment with the economy...

The Texas stampede

October 10, 2011

The Texas Advanced Computing Center at UT recently received a $27-million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a new, state-of-the-art supercomputer. The supercomputer, affectionately nicknamed...

The need for liberal arts reform

September 29, 2011

The economy remains at the forefront of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. A recent jobs report released by U.S. Department of Labor showed that zero net jobs were created in August,...

Keep the Internet free-flowing

September 22, 2011

Last week, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget took the first steps in keeping the Internet fair and open. The office finally signed what is commonly known as the net neutrality rules....