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Assessment tool saved students $25 million, National University says

National University, a California nonprofit that caters to adult learners, announced Thursday that its prior learning assessment initiative saved its students $25 million in tuition costs over a three-year period. According to a press release, the initiative uses the university’s integrated student information systems to create and visualize degree maps that include all course and program requirements, transfer credits and prior learning credits. Administrators claim the tool generated the $25 million in tuition savings for its students between February 2018 and February 2021 via the prior learning credits earned at the university. Colin Wood has the details.

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U. Arkansas names associate CIO

The University of Arkansas on Thursday announced the hire of Don Ussery, a former IT administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as its new associate chief information officer of enterprise applications and data services. Ussery, who started in the new role Monday, is responsible for deploying and standardizing enterprise systems and directing the university’s enterprise resource planning, data management and campus application teams, according to a university press release. Colin has it.

Modern Campus acquired three companies in 2021

The edtech firm Modern Campus this month announced the acquisition of two companies — Presence, which connects students with clubs and extracurriculars, and Digarc, which helps students plan their degrees. Brian Kibby, Modern Campus’ chief executive, told EdScoop that the deals — which followed the March acquisition of NuCloud, an interactive campus map and tour company — were designed for offering colleges the tools to deeply connect with students, turning them into life-long customers. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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