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Purdue University plans vehicle-charging concrete pilot

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to develop wireless-charging technology that can be installed in pavement, allowing electric vehicles to charge while they drive, the department and Purdue University announced last week. The agency said the first two phases of the project will involve pavement testing and analysis at the Joint Transportation Research Program — a collaboration between INDOT, the state’s higher education community and industry — while a third phase would have INDOT build a quarter-mile test track somewhere. Ryan Johnston has more.

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Assessment tool saved students $25 million, university claims

National University, a California nonprofit that caters to adult learners, announced last week 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 story.

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 details.

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