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New U. Texas tool predicts how many infected will show up to school

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket across the country, University of Texas Austin researchers have built a new tool that estimates how many infected people are likely to show up on school campuses on any given day. The tool informs users of how many people infected with COVID-19 are likely to show up in groups of various sizes, like in classrooms or on campuses. The model is based on data collected by the New York Times. Betsy Foresman has more.

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Universities need solid identity strategy to maximize student success

Identity and access management has always been critical in education, but especially in a world dramatically altered by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, universities need to prioritize identity platforms even more, Kelsey Nelson, senior manager of product marketing solutions at Okta says. Nelson emphasizes the specific identity challenges that universities face, and how successfully navigating those challenges can lead to student success long term. Hear more from Nelson in this video interview.

Ohio State researchers outline ‘smart’ job growth post-COVID

In a report released last week, Ohio State University researchers call on the central Ohio business, academic and public sector community to come together to address growing skills gaps for new jobs in — or altered by — emerging technologies. Researchers outlined six recommendations for organizations to think about when approaching training and job growth. "The future of smart work is underway in central Ohio," Ohio State Professor Josh Hawley said. Jake Williams has the details.

COVID-19 resurgence forces colleges to change reopening plans yet again

As COVID-19 cases continue to reach all-time highs across the country, colleges and universities are once again changing their reopening plans. While some universities had planned to move to remote learning at the beginning of Thanksgiving break (Monday, November 23), some have made the transition earlier. Meanwhile, as universities look toward the one year anniversary of when they had to rapidly move all instruction remote as the pandemic unfolded, some institutions are also reevaluating their spring semester 2021 plans as well. Betsy has more.

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