- California: The California State University System provides e-portfolios to all 460,000 students and 3 million alumni of its 23 campuses. The move follows strong adoption of Portfolium at four campuses during a pilot state. The tool allows students to highlight "talents and achievements that aren't easily captured in a traditional resume, and their work is showcased in a collaborative environment that connects them directly to companies, recruiters, internships, and jobs," according to a system statement (Bolkan, Campus Technology, 10/19).
- Indiana: On Monday Indiana University expelled a 19-year-old sophomore accused of attacking a Muslim woman outside a Bloomington café on Saturday. The dismissal of Triceten Bickford is a "direct result of what happened over the weekend," a school spokesperson said. Bickford is charged with multiple felony counts, including battery, intimidation, and strangulation. He spent the night in jail but returned to class on Monday before being expelled. The FBI is reviewing the case and may open a hate crimes investigation (AP/Indianapolis Star, 10/20).
- Texas: The University of Texas System is now the largest public institution to offer free MOOCs to high school students. UT launched four courses, with one more to come, on edX to help high schoolers prepare themselves for college. The classes, Intro to Engineering, Intro to Sociology, Solving Problems using Python and Human Geography, and Discover Pre-Calculus, will also be available on Modern State Education Alliance's website (UT release, 10/14).
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