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Virginia Tech plans IT, cybersecurity review

Virginia Tech plans to review its information technology and cybersecurity operations as it asks for campus feedback and employs Deloitte to form a “roadmap” for the department. The review is designed to identify opportunities on how IT can best address rising cybersecurity needs and better deliver services, Chief Information Officer Scott Midkiff said, and is similar to processes the university previously conducted for its finance, human resources and facilities departments. The initial review is planned for mid-September through Thanksgiving Break, according to a Virginia Tech announcement. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Kaleidoscope launches scholarship creator tool

The scholarship management company Kaleidoscope launched a tool this week so individuals can create scholarship programs and disburse money directly from the platform, in the vein of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Kaleidoscope founder Greg Dehn said the platform’s “Award Builder” tool is the next step in the company’s mission to reduce student debt. He said creating a scholarship is typically a heavy administrative lift, because after designing criteria, scholarship creators need to advertise and then go through the selection and disbursement process. Emily has it.

Pearson sues Chegg for selling textbook answers

The British-owned publisher and education services firm Pearson this week filed a copyright lawsuit against the textbook rental and “homework help” service Chegg, alleging the company is selling answers to question sets in its textbooks. The suit, filed in New Jersey, claims that Chegg — which offers a $14.95 monthly subscription service that allows students to access answers to questions found in more than 9,000 textbooks, many of which are published by Pearson — is in violation of Pearson’s “exclusive rights as a copyright holder,” because the company is using Pearson’s content to turn a profit. Ryan Johnston has more.

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