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Highlights from Higher Ed: The Higher Ed/Business Connection and Alternative Funding

Online Portal Connects Ohio Businesses with Higher Ed Institutions

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has unveiled a new online portal called the Ohio Innovation Exchange. The portal, which cost nearly $1.5 million to create, compiles data from Ohio State University, Ohio University and other schools in the state into one database for businesses looking for information on resources, research and equipment available at those institutions.

Source: Dispatch.com

Cornell Keeps Multilingual Requirement

Cornell University has decided against adopting a proposal to decrease its current 11-credit foreign language requirement to six credits. Though many students were pushing for this change, professors were vocal in their opposition, stating that the school could not follow through on their promise to produce “global citizens” with a diminished language requirement.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

U of Michigan receives $5 billion from donors

Public colleges are looking for alternative sources of funding and U of Michigan has found it in the form of $5 billion raised through a seven-year fundraising campaign carried out by 550 development staff and 1,600 volunteers. The campaign included four gifts of $100 million or more and will contribute $1.1 billion to student scholarships. Active campaigns by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington and the University of Florida are expected to reach close to the $5 billion mark as well.

Source: Education Dive

4 Questions with a University President

Florida Gulf Coast University President Michael V. Martin is in the Chronicle of Higher Education Hot Seat. In this video interview, Martin answers questions like “Is tuition too high?” and “Who is the most underrated employee on campus?”

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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