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How higher ed is handling AI ethics

As artificial intelligence advances, powering everything from virtual assistants to autonomous vehicles, universities and colleges are researching its potential effects on the humans it’s intended to serve. Along with establishing research centers and proposing new programs to explore concerns around incorporating AI into everyday life, higher education is also looking at how best to adopt AI for everyday operations. Researchers at the higher education IT organization Educause recently listed AI as one of the six technologies most crucial to the future of higher education. However, researchers also found AI has the highest perceived potential risks among those technologies. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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Colorado universities plan to track how laptop lending affects low-income students

Two Colorado universities plan to find out how lending computers to low-income students affects them. The University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University Pueblo purchased the devices last week, Jamie Wittenberg, CU’s associate dean for research and innovation strategies, told EdScoop. Once they’re distributed, the two schools plan to measure the effectiveness of the lending program by periodically surveying the students and tracking the success of their academic careers. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

Illinois foots the bill for public universities to join Common App

The $1 million dedicated to moving all of Illinois’s 12 public four-year institutions to the Common App is paying for both state and university administrative costs associated with the effort, the llinois Board of Higher Education told EdScoop. The initiative, which Gov. JB Pritzer’s office announced earlier this month, pays for implementing the Common App and annual membership fees, as well as the fees charged by the platform to process each application. Emily has it.


WATCH: Bureau of Fiscal Service’s CDO on improving data footprint for the public

Justin Marsico on how the agency is modernizing its approach to publishing fiscal data sets, making individual and historical datasets available for public use. Of the 70 datasets the bureau routinely updates, 37 have been migrated to the new cloud-based environment where users can more meaningful interact with the data. Watch Marsico’s full interview here.

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