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What do you want from the Biden administration?

With President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, a community college professor, in the White House, university leaders and edtech executives said they’re expecting a divergence in the type of federal policy affecting their institutions and students over the next four years. In interviews with EdScoop, higher education leaders said early policies, like the recent move to forgive student loan debt, are a good start, but that there's much work left to be done. Deb Bushway, president of Northwestern Health Sciences University, said she's seeking new governance around innovation, but hopes the new administration doesn't over-correct. “That’s the tricky thing,” she said. “What we saw in some Obama policies was so much heavy consumer protection regulation that innovation was really tough to do.” Colin Wood reports.

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Penn State responds to racist Zoom bombing

After more than 50 uninvited users infiltrated a virtual meeting of the Penn State University Black Caucus, the university is encouraging student organizations, professors and others to require authentication on their videoconferencing applications. The incident, which occurred last week, allegedly involved 51 unwanted users “Zoom bombing” the meeting room during the event, reportedly filling the chat with “anti-Semitic and white supremacist language." “The recently reported ‘Zoom bombings’ of various meetings and lectures … is beyond disgusting and sadly another reminder of the ongoing work that must continue if we are to end incidents motivated by hate,” Penn State University President Eric Barron said in a statement released over the weekend. Read the full story.

Meet CSU Global's new provost

After serving in faculty and administration roles at traditional universities for 25 years, Paul Savory recently joined the fully-online Colorado State University Global as its new provost and chief academic officer. Online education was expanding even before the pandemic, but in an interview with EdScoop, Savory said he believes it will play a central role in higher education’s future. “There’s huge potential for growth,” he said. “As we look at online education, it’s going to play a critical role to support Americans as we come out of the pandemic in terms of providing opportunities.” Colin has more.

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