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How Open Data can drive Transparency and Transformation in Virtual Universities

The pandemic era has forced universities worldwide to pivot to online learning platforms with lessons emerging daily about the challenges that students, faculty, and administrators face. Access to open data is largely an untapped goldmine that could improve learning outcomes and reduce the higher dropout rate associated with virtual education. As a matter of fact, only 1 in 5 virtual universities have reported their annual data on the National Center for Education Statistics website.

Combating Flooding and Climate Change in Michigan’s 11th District

On June 26, 2021, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, declared a state of emergency in response to “extraordinary flooding” in southeast Michigan. In Wayne and Washtenaw counties it is estimated that around 40,000 businesses and homes were affected including Livonia, an 11th District city based in Wayne County, where substantial flooding was also experienced.

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