CISE PhD in Paradise (@ UPRM) – Hablamos Español!

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) is looking for graduate students interested in the doctoral program in Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Areas of research include scientific computing, cloud computing, big data analytics and bioinformatics. Research and teaching assistantships are currently available.

For further information about the doctoral program please visit

Potential candidates are encouraged to apply to the UPRM Graduate Studies Office at


Wilson Rivera, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Director, CISE Doctoral Program, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM)

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Feds to test financial aid for unorthodox college programs

New times, new thinking, new models  – responding to the needs of society. Great pilot!

In an experiment backed by the federal government, Northeastern University and General Electric are offering a new manufacturing degree program to be taught primarily at the company’s work sites. Students will take online courses through the university, undergo training at a GE plant and earn a bachelor’s degree within three years.

The biggest twist: For the first time, students who enroll in that kind of partnership will be eligible for federal financial aid.

Read details here.

The Rise of Alternate Credentialing

Alternative Credentialing -- New paths, new opportunities


To thrive in today’s fast-evolving job market, students need flexible ways to quickly develop and demonstrate new skills. Alternative credentialing is helping to address this problem.

UPCEA and Pearson surveyed 190 institutions to determine the role alternative credentials play in higher education. Learn more about the key findings and download the complete report, Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials. Our colleague, Peter Janzow from Pearson, is co-author with Penn State and UPCEA.

Major findings:

  • 94% of institutions offer alternative credentials
  • One in five institutions offers badges
  • Badges are most commonly offered in the business industry
  • 71% of institutions have consistent engagement with the business community for internships, practicums, and job placement
  • 64% of respondents either strongly or somewhat agreed that their institution sees alternative credentialing as an important strategy for its future success

World’s Smartest Physicist Thinks Science Can’t Crack Consciousness

Genius physicist Edward Witten: “I think consciousness will remain a mystery… I have a much easier time imagining how we understand the Big Bang than I have imagining how we can understand consciousness.” Pic credit: Institute for Advanced Study

Read the Scientific American article here.