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Student success requires care

Universities have long sought new ways to boost graduation rates and ensure services are accessible, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed administrators and faculty to use technology to support the success of their students in a more careful and comprehensive manner. Student-success technologies — like data analytics that monitor students for signs they might withdraw — have been in widespread use at higher education institutions for at least a decade, according to D. Christopher Brooks, Educause’s director of research, but they’re now being used more broadly across colleges and in more sophisticated ways. Colin Wood has the details.

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East Coast Poly offers digital 'Vax Pass'

East Coast Polytechnic Institute University students can skip waits for coronavirus screening by uploading their vaccination information into a blockchain-powered system called “Vax Pass,” launched earlier this summer. Once authenticated, students then can log into the university’s app to show proof of vaccination and separately create a permanent URL for their vaccination card that shows their status as verified by ECPI. Emily Bamforth has it.

Texas A&M, AT&T plan 5G test site

A former airplane runway at Texas A&M’s RELLIS Campus will be outfitted with 5G technology to serve as an outdoor test bed for running autonomous vehicles and figuring out cybersecurity approaches, AT&T and Texas A&M announced Monday. Phase one of installing the test bed will involve wiring a mile of the former runway — located on the university’s 2,300-acre RELLIS campus, a former military site near Bryan, Texas — for continuous 5G coverage, while another half mile is planned to be equipped in the second phase of the project. Emily has the story.

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