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Everfi sells higher education arm for $100 million

Everfi, a company that provides training courses on subjects like underage drinking and sexual-assault prevention, is selling its higher education division to the training and risk-management firm Vector Solutions for $100 million, the companies announced Tuesday. With the addition of Everfi, Vector Solutions’ customer base will now include 50% of all degree-granting institutions in the United States, according to the announcement. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Blackboard launches education policy research center

Blackboard is tapping employees and recruiting a class of faculty and policy fellows for a research center that will address education policy and produce analysis, the company announced Tuesday. The company’s new Center for Advancing Learning will address what Blackboard deems to be top priorities for the education community, its director, Darcy Hardy, told EdScoop. Initially, these will include supporting historically Black colleges and universities and community colleges, exploring accessibility and discussing online program management alternatives, according to the announcement. Emily has it.

Connecticut Gov. Lamont signs government modernization bill

A new bill signed this week by Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont establishes an advisory commission for educational technology within the Connecticut Administrative Services Department. In addition to general coordination and oversight of edtech, the commission will be responsible for connecting all higher education institutions, K-12 schools and libraries to a high-speed network. The commission — which is to be comprised of state commissioners and presidents of the University of Connecticut and Connecticut State Colleges and Universities systems — will also ensure institutions offer “a wide range of course and degree programs via the internet and other through other synchronous and asynchronous methods,” the new law reads. Check out the full story on StateScoop.

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