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Why We Should Stop Conflating Human and Machine Intelligence

Originally Posted On: singularityhub.com It’s common to hear phrases like ‘machine learning’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ and believe that somehow, someone has managed to replicate a human mind inside a computer. This, of course,…

Don’t Dismiss the Value of Free-College Programs. They Do Help Low-Income Students

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Sara Goldrick-Rab and Michelle Miller-Adams Separate reports released this week by respected Washington-based think tanks miss the mark on the free-college question. The Education Trust’s…

IT Technician Pathway Leads to High-Paying Jobs in California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Wright Information Communication Technologies-Digital Media Sector Navigator California Community Colleges [email protected] ROCKLIN, Calif. — There’s never been a better time to enter the IT…

Is Higher Ed Omnivorous or Sucked Dry?

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Cathy N. Davidson In a recent Chronicle Review essay with the clickbait headline (which the authors did not write) "Why the University’s Insatiable Appetite Will Be Its Undoing,"…

Don’t Let Prestige Bias Keep You From Applying to Community Colleges

Originally Posted On: chronicle.com Written By: Rob Jenkins Last spring The Chronicle published an advice column on "5 Big-Picture Mistakes New Ph.D.s Make on the Job Market." Allow me to add No. 6: They don’t consider applying…

California Mayors Cyber Cup Creates Partnerships Between Government, Education, and Industry for Cybersecurity Career Pathways

What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup, the winning teams took just as much pride in giving the trophy as they did in receiving one.  The California Mayors…

Do More in Less Time with Compression Planning

“Have you ever heard of ‘Death by Planning Session?’ That’s when committees take 6 weeks to come up with a solution and 18 months later they’re still at it.”  The 7-step visual Compression Planning system helps leaders who feel…

Employers Eager to Hire Try a New Policy: ‘No Experience Necessary’

Inexperienced job applicants face better odds in the labor market as more companies drop work-history and degree requirements  Companies are lowering the bar on degree and work-history requirements for many jobs. A job seeker, left, shook hands…

Faculty Development & Digital Credentials

Having worked in this space for nearly 20 years, this is a good time for me to reflect on significant influences in faculty development in recent years. I have focused my comments in three broad areas.  Before we get to those trends, it’s…

GRIT Book Review

GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance Author: Angela Duckworth  “. . . persuasive and fascinating . . .” — Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of  The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink  Grit:…

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