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Colorado universities want to see how laptop lending affects student success

Two Colorado universities plan to find out how lending computers to low-income students affects them. The University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University Pueblo are purchasing the devices this week, Jamie Wittenberg, CU’s associate dean for research and innovation strategies, told EdScoop. Once they’re distributed, the two schools plan to measure the effectiveness of the lending program by periodically surveying the students and tracking the success of their academic careers. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Illinois pays for its schools to join the Common App

The $1 million dedicated to moving all of Illinois’s 12 public four-year institutions to the Common App is paying for both state and university administrative costs associated with the effort, the llinois Board of Higher Education told EdScoop. The initiative, which Gov. JB Pritzer’s office announced earlier this month, pays for implementing the Common App and annual membership fees, as well as the fees charged by the platform to process each application. The money will also go to covering ongoing state expenses for oversight and data collection, as well as state administrative staff costs. Emily has it.

A scholarship application vendor exposed millions of student application files

A software company that manages applications for academic scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance for college students misconfigured a cloud storage platform, leaving millions of records exposed on the open internet, according to research published this week by UpGuard, a cybersecurity risk management firm. The company, SmarterSelect, failed to make private a Google Cloud Storage bucket containing 1.5 terabytes of data collected by an array of programs that offer financial support to students. Benjamin Freed has the story.

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