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Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

LONGMEADOW — Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) at Bay Path University’s American Women’s College was shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education 2015 Awards, a ceremony billed as the ‘Oscars of higher education.’

The second annual Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Conference, which took place in Philadelphia, brought together more than 300 delegates representing some of the world’s most influential universities and companies to discuss innovation in higher education, consider ways to improve pedagogy and employability, and reward the best projects that aim to do so. Key industry and thought leaders like William Rankin, director of Learning at Apple; Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google; Caroline Howard, senior editor at Forbes; and Sean Coughlan, education correspondent at BBC News, were among the attendees of the event.

More than 150 projects were submitted this year, aiming to win prizes in 14 categories, with the overall winner receiving a $50,000 prize.

Bay Path’s SOUL is a set of cutting-edge online tools and resources developed to make each student’s college experience more personal, supportive, and successful. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), SOUL is the first program of its kind in the nation.

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