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New Jersey invests $400M in higher ed infrastructure

New Jersey is investing $400 million to improve its higher education infrastructure, hoping to keep more high school students in state for college by offering state-of-the-art facilities, Gov. Phil Murphy said in a press conference this week. The state plans to open applications through its higher education capital facilities bond programs in early 2022 so colleges and universities can ask for money to improve aging infrastructure or for new projects. Murphy said this is the first new round of money in eight years for three of New Jersey’s higher education capital grant programs, the infrastructure fund, equipment leasing fund and facilities trust fund. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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8 ways colleges are adjusting digital services for 24/7 students

As the pandemic unwinds in 2021, colleges and universities are adjusting their digital services to address student needs, often relying on software and automation to offer support after traditional business hours have ended. Often these services come through artificial intelligence, with schools offering AI-based solutions for offering writing advice or questions about university life. Institutions are also digitizing experiences that are normally on-campus, such as bookstores and mental health centers, to improve access. Emily has it.

The National Student Clearinghouse will use AI to map degrees to workplace skills

The National Student Clearinghouse announced Monday it’s working with an AI company to associate the experience earned through various degrees, credentials and internships with skills needed by employers. The organization, which offers digital information services for more than 3,600 higher education institutions, is examining how to use tools from AstrumU, which develops technology to help fill gaps in the workforce. AstrumU tools, already used at universities nationwide, use data from both employers and higher education institutions to recommend students potential careers through using machine learning to parse students’ experiences. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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