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How has the pandemic changed your university's IT?

The widespread disruption of COVID-19 drove rapid technology adoption in higher education as colleges and universities rushed classes and resources online. Though many technology leaders working in higher education have described this period as stressful and difficult, they've also found a silver lining in the opportunity to design around organizational and technical shortcomings that might have taken decades to repair otherwise. “In a lot of ways, we see [COVID-19] as an accelerator that’s forced institutions to enact, very quickly, a lot of changes,” Richard Price, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, told EdScoop. Read Betsy Foresman's report from earlier this month.

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Community colleges step up

The National Governors Association and the American Association of Community Colleges this week launched a new initiative to identify and arm workers with skills they need to succeed in a workforce reshaped by the pandemic. Members of the network will collaborate on economic and workforce recovery efforts, and develop technical assistance programs, including webinars and facilitated peer-to-peer learning. “Governors across the country have been taking steps to prepare their residents for the jobs of the future, but the COVID-19 pandemic makes this effort much more urgent,” said NGA's Timothy Blute. Get the full story.

Google offers career certs

Earlier this month, Google announced three new career certificate programs for the online education platform Coursera aimed at breaking barriers for underserved groups to enter the tech workforce. ocused on data analytics, project management and user experience design, the online programs will be taught by Google employees and will not require a degree for enrollment. In fact, Google says it will consider its certificates the equivalent of a four-year degree for its own internal hiring.   Jake Williams has more.

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