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Anthology adds predictive tool

The higher education software and advising company Anthology announced this week changes to its academic economics tool, which now uses predictive analytics to help universities make critical financial decisions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement arrives after undergraduate enrollment fell about 5% this spring, and even before the pandemic colleges and universities were anticipating a decline in enrollment from high-school graduates. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Universities need $11.5 billion for agriculture research

The labs and facilities that fuel agricultural research in the U.S. need $11.5 billion from the federal government to secure the future of the agriculture industry, according to a letter co-signed this week by hundreds of agricultural organizations and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Leaders make the case based on a study released in March showing that 69% of buildings at schools authorized to receive USDA funding are more than 25 years old and require “urgent upgrades.” The study was conducted by the APLU, which represents 244 higher education research institutions, and Gordian, a facilities assessment provider. The cost of replacing these facilities was estimated to be $38.1 billion. Emily has it.

National University says chatbot is helping to retain students

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 reports.

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