Vanderbilt’s Allied Health Taps Orbund for Student Information System – Press Release

Cloud-based Administrative System Powers Up VUMC’s Allied Health Programs, Automates Admissions & Regulatory Compliance Reporting


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 13, 2020 – (Newswire.com)

​On the heels of a rigorous two-year process, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has selected Orbund’s Einstein Student Information System (SIS) for its Allied Health program, Orbund LLC announced today. VUMC Center for Programs in Allied Health (CPiAH) expects to be fully implemented on Orbund’s enterprise administrative software in February 2021.

“We serve a rapidly growing segment of healthcare,” said Dr. Geoffrey Fleming, who oversaw the student information system project in his role as Vice President of Continuous Professional Development (Pediatric Critical Care). “Allied health programs like ours have particular demands in admissions, attendance and regulatory compliance.”

Part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CPiAH prepares its students for high demand, technical careers, such as diagnostic medical sonography, neurodiagnostic technology, nuclear medicine, and perfusion.

“Our faculty takes

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5 ways in which Artificial Intelligence is transforming education system



a circuit board: How Artificial Intelligence is transforming education system


How Artificial Intelligence is transforming education system

The face of the education system has undergone a sea change in recent years. The present-day educational structure is competitive, challenging, and needs to be capable of meeting international benchmarks. The emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are changing our lives as they are being put to different purposes. And just like other areas, AI is disrupting and creating an impact on the education system as well.

AI is making long strides in the academic world, turning the traditional methods of imparting knowledge into a comprehensive system of learning with the use of simulation and augmented reality tools.

Here are some ways in which AI is transforming education as we know it:

1. Effective management of administrative tasks

Through the automation of administrative work, artificial intelligence allows ample time for teachers that they can utilise to engage with students in an improved manner

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A shortage of teachers and Covid-19 create a perfect storm for the education system



a small child sitting on a desk: Teacher Elizabeth DeSantis, wearing a face shield, instructs first graders during a reading class at Stark Elementary School on September 16, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut.


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Teacher Elizabeth DeSantis, wearing a face shield, instructs first graders during a reading class at Stark Elementary School on September 16, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • Finding education workers is even more challenging during the pandemic.
  • Fear of contracting the virus is driving many teachers to retire early.
  • The Economic Policy Institute reports that as of September, public K-12 education employment is more than half a million jobs below its year-ago levels.

The debate over how and where to educate students, from preschool to university, has been among the fiercest fought throughout the pandemic. Nearly every solution presents challenges for parents, students and teachers alike.

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The Covid-19 crisis and an ongoing nationwide shortage of qualified teachers have created a perfect storm in the education system that may only worsen in the months to come.

Educators such as Cynthia Robles are feeling it firsthand.

Robles is

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Higher education task force told to ‘put student needs first’ in SD’s public university system

“The task force was created after state lawmakers passed legislation in the 2020 session directing the study. Findings are to be reported to the Legislature and Gov. Kristi Noem no later than Nov. 15, 2021,” according to a news release.

The task force began by listening to the perspectives of former Board of Regents members and those who oversaw public universities in the past during their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Kathy Johnson, who served on the Board of Regents from 2005 to 2017, said the task force needs to remain cognizant of the fact that no one knows what the future is going to hold.

“The jobs that are in high demand today and are gearing up to produce graduates aren’t going to produce jobs and graduates ten years from now that are in high demand,” Johnson said.

Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University president from 2006 to 2014,

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Creating A Positive Sum Education System Could Stop Students From Running A Rat Race To Nowhere

With mental health challenges on the rise for students—and Covid-19 exacerbating the situation—many have pointed a finger at how students throughout the country compete against each other for a variety of honors, including most prominently chasing admission to prestigious colleges.

It’s not new to note that this competition is often for extrinsic reasons—out of a desire to be the best for its own sake, not for the intrinsic value of the experience students will get to enjoy—and creates an endless cycle of competition for its own

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Alfond’s $240 million gift to UMaine System among largest ever to public higher ed institute

Administrators in the University of Maine System on Wednesday lauded a $240 million gift that is among the largest ever in public institutes of higher education and will be used for systemwide investments in facilities, academics and athletics.

Much of the funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation, one of the state’s leading philanthropic organizations, will be spent on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. Officials there are planning for the construction of a new graduate center and law school and for the campus to be part of a multi-university engineering program that will give students around the state greater access to courses and degrees.

“This is a combination of a year-long effort to explain the needs of the system to an organization that has been very generous in the past and an effort to come forward with new initiatives that obviously have attracted the support of the Alfonds,”

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$240M investment in UMaine System one of the largest ever to a public institution of higher education

On Tuesday, the Harold Alfond Foundation announced more than $500 million dollars of new grant investments in Maine institutions to help grow the state’s workforce and economy and support quality health care. 

Harold Alfond Foundation invests $500 million in Maine economy, institutions

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Included in that grant money is $240 million to the University of Maine System (UMS). According to the UMS, this is the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England and the 8th largest gift ever made to a U.S. institution of public higher education.

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“Maine is receiving a transformative, unprecedented investment in its people and its future from the Harold Alfond Foundation,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “And it comes at a time when we need optimism and an affirmation that we work best when we work together. Through the work to achieve unified accreditation for our

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Raising the bar on Nevada’s higher education system

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This opinion column was submitted by Kevin Melcher, candidate for the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, District 10. His campaign website is melcher4regent2020.com.

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The Nevada System of Higher Education is extremely valuable to Nevada and we are witnessing just how important higher education is while dealing with the current COVID-19 situation. The dedication of faculty, staff and administration in advancing our colleges and universities during these changing times is impressive. 

It is critical we have experienced leadership at the Board of Regents governance level as we make critical decisions dealing with the COVID-19 situation. I will listen to all stakeholders to make decisions based on what is right for our students, those who work in our institutions and for the citizens of Nevada.

During my first

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My Reflection Matters supports Connecticut home-schoolers in raising ‘free people’ outside the system

Many parents are homeschooling their children due to the pandemic, but Chemay Morales-James beat them to it. She has been home-schooling for years, not due to coronavirus, but due to another seemingly incurable pandemic: racism. And she’s not alone.



a man sitting on top of a wooden fence: Chemay Morales-James points to a fish approaching her son, Judah James', 8, while Holly Dixon holds her son, Isaiah, 1, to look into the pond as the My Reflection Matters Village meets for a day of fishing and hiking at Southford Falls State Park Sept. 30. My Reflection Matters Village is a co-op of Connecticut parents of children of color who are home-schooling their children, using materials and processes that are more affirming to their children.


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Chemay Morales-James points to a fish approaching her son, Judah James’, 8, while Holly Dixon holds her son, Isaiah, 1, to look into the pond as the My Reflection Matters Village meets for a day of fishing and hiking at Southford Falls State Park Sept. 30. My Reflection Matters Village is a co-op of Connecticut parents of children of color who are home-schooling their children, using materials and processes that are more affirming to their children.

“Parents are deciding that the way school is designed doesn’t work for most kids, especially kids of color. They are not hearing the true history of who they are, the

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Top teacher hopes more equitable system follows pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A self-described “shy Korean boy,” John Arthur credits his junior high and high school teachers for helping him find his voice.

“If it wasn’t for them, one, I might not have made it through high school, but two, I certainly wouldn’t be a teacher and I wouldn’t have the guts to say anything that’s on my mind or my heart,” said Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education Thursday, moments after being name Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Now in his eighth year of teaching, Arthur teaches sixth grade at Meadowlark Elementary School, a Title I school in the Salt Lake City School District. It is there that he pays it forward, helping his students learn to advocate for children and immigrants through music videos that they produce together and share on their YouTube channel, 9thEvermore. Arthur’s students have received national recognition for

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