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Most MOOC Users Well-Educated, Study Finds

November 20, 2013

Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives, says, “Far from realizing the high ideals of their advocates, MOOCs seem to be reinforcing the advantages of the ‘haves’ rather than educating the ‘have nots.’”

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Video: Free Online Courses Raise Demand for ‘Real’ College

November 19, 2013

President Amy Gutmann discusses free online courses and the advantages of attending college in person.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Penn Celebrates Groundbreaking of New College House

On the blustery afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8, under a tent set up on Hill Field, the Penn community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new college house—what President Amy Gutmann called a “living, learning community.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 4, 2013

Transforming Education: Penn’s Netter Center Team Explains a Successful Model

How do we transform education? Team up.

That’s what researchers and educational leaders from the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania say.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 1, 2013

New Book by Penn's Frank Furstenberg Takes Readers 'Behind the Academic Curtain'

Four years after retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, Frank Furstenberg has written a book that draws on his 42 years of teaching experience to help those in the pipeline from graduate school to the professoriate.

For City Students, a Helping Hand With College Essays

October 27, 2013

Penn’s “Ivy in the Backyard” college-application seminar for local high school students, presented by the Office of Admissions, is highlighted.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658October 22, 2013

AAU Elects Penn President Amy Gutmann as Vice Chair

The Association of American Universities has elected University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as its vice chair for the 2013-2014 term, the AAU announced today during its semi-annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 14, 2013

Penn Social Impact Course Guide Now Available Online

A new online guide lists all of the courses available at the University of Pennsylvania that focus on making a difference in the lives of others.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2013

New Network and Data Sciences Center to Open at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania is launching a new, interdisciplinary research effort to study and solve problems using the tools of the digital age: The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2013

Penn Engineering Intro Class Gets a Power Boost

As computers become more enmeshed in everyday life, both their software and hardware are becoming accessible to the average person. Whereas do-it-yourself enthusiasts of earlier generations tackled birdhouses and AM radios, this generation is making its own robots, 3-D printers and cell phone accessories.