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Modern Campus acquires continuing-education provider

The higher education technology company Modern Campus on Wednesday announced its acquisition of the enrollment software provider Augusoft, the firm’s fifth acquisition within the past 12 months. Augusoft’s online registration software, Lumens, is designed to manage students enrolled in continuing and professional education. Modern Campus offers a competing student management system for non-traditional enrollment called Destiny One. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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U. Wisconsin to test AI-powered body scanners to boost security

The University of Wisconsin Police Department is testing whether body scanners that use radar imaging and artificial intelligence are a good fit for security outside campus events, like Big Ten football games that draw tens of thousands of fans. The university signed an agreement last week with Liberty Defense for a beta test on its Madison campus, with an expected start date in the second quarter of 2022. Liberty Defense claims its “Hexwave” scanners can find threats like pipe bombs, flares and plastic guns that go undetected with traditional metal detectors. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

College enrollment fell even further into 2022

Overall enrollment for higher education institutions dropped 2.7% last fall semester, continuing a downward slide that started even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a National Student Clearinghouse report released last week. Fall 2021 was the first time fall-to-fall enrollment has dropped more than 2.5% since 1970, NSC director of research publications Mikyung Ryu told EdScoop. The latest data continues a concerning pattern for the higher education industry, with overall enrollment numbers declining for the past five years. Emily has more.

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