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Databricks and University of Rochester

At Databricks, we strongly believe (“know” you could say) that data and AI are mission-critical for solving the biggest problems our world faces. From healthcare to sustainability to transportation, data is a key to understanding and analyzing these issues at the deepest level – often in real time – and in turn shapes effective solutions. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Databricks will be working with the...

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What the Odd History of ‘Pulling Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps’ Says About Education Equity

There’s a phrase that’s used a lot when talking about the American Dream, a phrase that captures this idea that anyone can rise up and make their own fortune: “Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” And it turns out, the idiom has a precise—and surprising—origin story. It starts back in 1834, with an inventor from Nashville, Tennessee, named Nimrod Murphree. For this episode of the EdSurge Podcast, we look back at the...

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What If Students Didn’t Have to Leave Community Colleges to Earn Bachelor’s Degrees?

Set a few miles from the sea and surrounded by swampy state parks, Indian River Community College was for years a lone outpost of higher education on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The nearest university—Florida Atlantic—was nearly 60 miles away, a long haul down I-95 for someone seeking more schooling but bound to her community by a home, a job, a family. “To drive an hour-and-a-half one way to take a course at a university at...

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The Story Behind a Petition to Hold College Commencement in Person, Despite COVID-19

Raquel Perez is earning her associate degree in audio engineering this spring. It’s a milestone many semesters in the making. The 32-year-old has spent the last five years pursuing a degree at Houston Community College, balancing classes with paid work and raising her seven children.Propelling her forward through all of that effort was her vision of the day she’d walk across the commencement stage and accept her diploma. So...

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At a crossroads: the intersection of higher education and corporate training

The stark lines between higher education and corporate training in the e-learning space are starting to blur. The philosophies, methodologies and objectives for teaching and training are vastly different, and, as a result, the technologies that support each have also diverged with very little cross over. Now, corporate training and higher education are discovering there are benefits for both sides when they partner to offer...