Under the transformational educational agreement, the independent nonprofit Arizona corporation, The University of Arizona Global Campus will acquire the assets of Ashford University from Zovio. The acquisition will allow Global Campus to fulfill its vision to expand access for nontraditional and underrepresented students to flexible, affordable, high-quality higher education opportunities that will allow students to achieve their academic and career goals.
No doubt many of you have had a front row seat to the importance of technology when it comes to learning. Make that distance learning as our homes have become our classrooms and offices while we adjust to an unprecedented period in our society. Whether your children have Zoomed to connect with their teachers and schoolmates or you have turned to webinars as alternatives to flying somewhere for training in person, we all are getting a taste of the state of education technology.
The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is giving $2.5 million to Pima Community College Foundation to advance the College’s growing presence as the center of economic recovery and growth in the region.
With a a focus on being a leading education technology services company, Chandler-based Zovio’s vision is to provide a full range supporting two partners: both universities and corporations. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Zovio hired more than 200 employees and is getting close to 500 employees in the area. They fulfill a variety of duties, including learner support, enrollment support and data analytics for marketing.
Online learning has become the new normal, and Arizona EdTech entrepreneurs have responded in kind. They’re showcasing how students, educators and academic institutions are adapting—and even thriving—amid a global pandemic. Arizona’s EdTech companies have pioneered new pathways to learning beyond the traditional classrooms, expanding access to students and families and unlocking technology solutions for educators and institutions.
In early 2020, education technology companies recognized students and schools desperately needed solutions fast. What was a lot more like crisis remote learning rather than comprehensive online learning, Tempe-based Picmonic, Chandler-based StrongMind and Scottsdale-based Adaptive Curriculum rose to the challenges that were facing our educators in Arizona and across the country to support education.
The IT Institute will help prepare students for Arizona’s jobs of the future by utilizing cutting-edge tools that will help students familiarize themselves with vital technology before they enter the job market. The site will also serve as a convening location for workshops, industry advisory groups, meetups and networking functions.
The program enables students to develop traditional skills such as data collection, AI model training, coding, and exploring the societal impact of AI technology. Top employers requesting these skills include Intel, IBM, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, American Express, and others.
The University of Arizona will lead a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, called the Center for Quantum Networks, with core partners Harvard, MIT and Yale.
In this virtual event, hear from Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Arizona. She provides an overview of the institution’s approach on continuing its research mission in light of the stay-at-home order, opportunities for high-impact innovation during the pandemic and explains how COVID-19 will shift the research model going forward.