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Columbus State U. has a new CISO and CIO

Columbus State University in Georgia announced this week it’s selected a new chief information security officer and promoted its interim chief information officer to a permanent role. The university in 2019 hired Theodore Laskaris to step in for CIO Abraham George, who left CSU after about ten years. Laskaris, previously the CIO for Champlain College in Vermont, is tasked with developing a strategy for adopting new technologies and digital services, according to a university press release.  Though Laskaris’s role previously included CISO oversight, according to his LinkedIn profile, the CIO will not oversee CSU’s new CISO, Nicol Lewis. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Emeritus buys iD Tech for $200 million

Emeritus, which works with universities on career development programs, is acquiring the K-12 tech camp and course provider iD Tech for $200 million, the companies announced Wednesday. ID Tech works with 150 universities worldwide developing summer camps focused on STEM skills like artificial intelligence and coding, as well as offering online courses for K-12 students. Emeritus, the online arm of the Indian executive education company Eruditus, partners with higher education institutions including the Wharton School of Business and MIT’s professional development program to offer short-term, online courses and degrees. Emily has it.

California sets $115 million aside for OER

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May revised budget, released last week, proposes a $115-million investment in zero-textbook degrees and open educational resources, along with additional spending for higher education IT. Spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and a rapid switch to online learning, faculty and administrators across the country are exploring how to make education materials available for free, which if widely adopted could significantly reduce the cost of a college degree. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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