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Nonprofit attributes improved student retention rate to chatbot

National University, a California nonprofit that caters to adult learners, announced Thursday it’s expanding the use of a chatbot that administrators said is already boosting retention and providing students with more personalized experiences. Through a partnership with the AI chatbot company AdmitHub, the university is using a chatbot, which it named NUton, to answer common questions, like those related to tutoring, financial aid or counseling, and direct them to campus resources as needed. Colin Wood has more.

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Energy Dept. funds internships, research

The Department of Energy announced $17.3 million in funding this week for internships and to advance research at universities, including at historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. The announcement is on track with the Biden administration’s promise to boost federal funding for these types of institutions, with this latest funding focused on students and faculty, rather than infrastructure. Emily Bamforth has the details.

Boeing puts $50 million toward new Virginia Tech campus

Boeing donated $50 million to help found Virginia Tech’s Innovation campus, a billion-dollar project area leaders hope will bring together power-players in the region — like Amazon — to boost economic growth and build a pipeline of STEM talent for businesses. Like other “innovation” projects announced by universities or state governments, the Innovation Campus will offer labs and academic resources but also offices for startups and larger businesses. Emily has the story.

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