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Ransomware attack on Howard U. continues to disrupts classes

In addition to a holiday weekend, the beginning of Howard University’s semester presented a time crunch unique to higher education that could be particularly appealing to criminals planning cyberattacks, experts told EdScoop. A ransomware attack detected just ahead of the Labor Day holiday has disrupted classes at the historically Black college in Washington, D.C., and shut down campus Wi-Fi and other networks on the final day students could register for classes. While the school’s IT department is standing up an alternative wireless network, and in-person classes resumed Wednesday, online and hybrid classes remain suspended. (The deadline for students to add or drop courses has been extended.) Emily Bamforth has the story.

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U. Massachusetts launches Umass 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. Brandman serves about 22,000 students spread across 25 locations and online as part of Chapman University, according to its website. Emily has it.

Sacred Heart U. offers free therapy to graduate students

Sacred Heart University is offering more than 1,250 graduate students free virtual or texting sessions with a counselor, beginning this fall. The Fairfield, Connecticut, university is using Uwill, a teletherapy platform on which students and providers create online profiles and are matched through machine learning. Students can also choose providers based on the problems they’re facing, like depression or stress-management. Then, users communicate with counselors through video sessions or texting. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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