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Rice University switches to online instruction

Rice University students will learn online for the first two weeks of fall semester as coronavirus cases surge in the Houston area, institution leaders announced last week. The university plans to “reassess our instruction and other mitigation policies” during the online learning period, intending to return to in-person instruction, Provost Reginald DesRoches wrote in a letter to campus. He cited unknowns surrounding the delta variant, as well as a surge in cases that’s “especially pronounced” in Texas. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Communication is key in fighting higher education ransomware

Communication with instructors and students is still crucial to fighting ransomware attacks against higher education institutions, though there needs to be a safety net, a group of university cybersecurity officials said during a panel discussion last week. Schools are centralizing data storage, adopting multi-factor authentication and segmenting networks for students, staff and researchers to protect data in case of a breach, panelists said. Emily has it.

Deloitte boosts higher ed data business

Deloitte last week announced it purchased company assets to expand its services for higher education institutions looking to update administrative systems or accommodate modern analytics. Deloitte acquired technology and personnel from Entigence, a Virginia technology firm with public sector and higher education customers. The deal comes as many colleges and universities look to improve analytics and make more-informed decisions in the face of shrinking enrollment and budgets, Deloitte executive Roy Mathew told EdScoop. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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