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Howard U. experiences ransomware attack

Howard University canceled classes on Tuesday after experiencing a ransomware attack ahead of the Labor Day holiday, according to a university announcement. The historically Black university in Washington, D.C., shut down its network on Friday after spotting “unusual activity” and is limiting physical access to campus while investigating the scope of the attack, according to the statement, which was signed by Howard’s chief operating and academic officers. The campus’ wireless network remains offline, and investigators have not found any evidence that attackers gained access to personal information, the statement reads. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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How schools and students can narrow the homework gap via private networks

The expanded availability of Citizens Broadband Radio Service radio spectrum and federal broadband funds offer U.S. school systems new options to build private networks that can help narrow the homework gap. Keith Krueger, CEO of the CoSN and Dell Technologies Education Strategist Matt Dascoli discuss how schools and districts can prepare their networks to support IT modernization priorities. Hear more from the experts.

U. Massachusetts launches global online campus

The University of Massachusetts last week announced that it’s taken control of Brandman University, a California-based network of schools for adult learners, and will rebrand it as UMass Global, with plans to expand its online education offerings. The acquisition came after the end of a yearlong partnership between UMass and Brandman’s former parent, Chapman University, according to a press release. Global campuses are often marketed as a way for busy, adult learners to get credentials from well-regarded institutions without moving. Similar institutions include Purdue Global and the University of Arizona Global Campus. Along with building out online and hybrid education offerings for working adults, UMass Global plans to expand on Brandman’s relationships with public and private employers. Emily has the story.

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