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Augusta, Ga., colleges join forces

Two colleges in Augusta, Georgia, are pooling their resources to make it easier for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity to transfer credits from one to the other. Augusta University, one of the state university system’s four major research institutions, and Augusta Technical College, a nearby two-year school, announced the agreement Monday, with leaders of both schools saying the arrangement will help accelerate the training of future cybersecurity professionals. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Higher ed balances federal funding requirements, institutional needs

Colleges and universities are spending much of their relief funding on resources to help with distance learning — internet connectivity and cybersecurity programs, virtual lab software that helps students access campus resources and training to help staff adjust to teaching remotely. But as they undertake these projects, administrators are also finding a need to balance federal higher education relief spending requirements with their own short- and long-term needs. Emily Bamforth has it.

U. of Maryland switches VPN service

Following a beta testing period this summer, the University of Maryland has announced plans this October to replace its current virtual private network service with an offering from Palo Alto Networks. The new service, which will be available for students and instructors to test this summer and early fall, is set to replace the university’s existing Cisco AnyConnect VPN service. As within other organizations, the VPN is designed to provide a more secure connection to the university’s network when users are at home or on public networks. Emily has the story.

Driving Tech Transformation With Relief Funding

Not having enough money to pay for something can make life more difficult, but it also simplifies things. New funding prompted by the pandemic brings with it new considerations of which projects to prioritize and what the Treasury Department allows the funding to be spent on, to say nothing of doing the actual work of implementing many new projects. In the case of our public institutions, the work funded by the American Rescue Plan and other recent relief deals can be extensive. Organizations are overhauling massive systems and rethinking business processes left untouched for decades. Check out the entire special report.

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