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Another way to keep students on track

The higher education software developer CollegeSource on Wednesday announced that two community colleges will adopt its degree auditing platform in the hope of reducing excess credits for transferring students and expediting the path to graduation. Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Ozarks Technology Community College in Springfield, Missouri, are each planning implementations of the company’s uAcheive platform to automate various aspects of degree auditing and academic planning. Through “tailored reports” that outline student progress, along with “robust transfer articulation,” advisers can ensure students have selected their most direct route to graduation. Colin Wood reports.

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AT&T funds Wi-Fi hotspots for students

School districts that serve vulnerable and disabled students in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and 24 other states will receive free Wi-Fi hotspots from AT&T and Connected Nation, a nonprofit that provides communities with broadband technology and support, the organizations announced this week. Through a portion of a $10 million award from AT&T, Connected Nation will provide 124 school districts and community organizations with hotspots, data subscriptions and content filtering services, potentially providing internet access to at least 35,000 school-age kids who don’t have reliable internet access. Ryan Johnston has the story on StateScoop.

Remote learning made universities more vulnerable

The onset of near-universal remote learning made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic left colleges and universities more vulnerable to ransomware, botnets and other cyberattacks, according to new research from the cybersecurity provider BlueVoyant. And the combination of weak campus security policies and breaches of edtech vendors leaves schools open to continued risks, the company found. Benjamin Freed has more.


Securing the remote learning environment

The introduction of Chromebooks to K-12 schools has been instrumental in giving more students access to the internet. But the huge shift to remote learning for students and teachers also created new security challenges. Cloud security expert Sunny Suneja discusses challenges that lay ahead for school districts to assess their security risks and best practices to make substantive improvements to their security posture. Listen to the full discussion.

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