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Indian River State College taps mobile app to keep students engaged

Indian River State College has announced it will begin using a digital platform from the New York City-based startup Rah Rah as it attempts to keep its students engaged and not dropping out. The mobile app aggregates numerous institutional systems into a single interface, providing students a way to check on everything related to their college life, like sporting events, advising and financial dealings. Leaders at Indian River, a college based in Fort Pierce, Florida, that advertises itself as “the most affordable college in Florida,” said they needed a way to keep their students, most of whom don’t live on campus, connected and engaged wherever they live. Colin Wood reports.

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Arizona State hosted drive-in events to help students fill out FAFSAs

Arizona State University hosted several drive-in events to help students fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms last week, setting up Wi-Fi hotspots and printers in a parking lot where volunteers assisted families in the financial aid application process. Betsy Foresman has the details.

Olivet Nazarene U. launches virtual tuition-free classes for adults

Adult learners at the Olivet Nazarene University School of Graduate and Continuing Studies can now access online general education classes for no up-front cost. The courses are part of the Christian university’s “YourWay” program, “an online, completely asynchronous flipped classroom” open exclusively to adult learners. Jake Williams has more.


Social engineering gains momentum with cyber criminals

Cyber attackers are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis and pose a major security threat for health care organizations. According to Proofpoint’s Ryan Witt, there is an uptick in social engineering techniques as threat actors look for more compelling lures to target people. Leaders need to be more focused on security strategies which provide visibility into who is being targeted in their organization. Read more from Witt.

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