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DeVry appoints former Ask Jeeves CEO to lead innovation role

DeVry University chose the founding chief executive officer of the search engine Ask Jeeves as its first chief innovation and partnerships officer, the 90-year-old for-profit university announced Monday. Robert Wrubel, who headed what’s now Ask.com until 2000, is also a longtime executive in the online program management space, offering higher education institutions software and other support to run online programs. DeVry, which first started offering training online in 1998, is looking to compete in an increasingly competitive online education marketplace in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Ohio spends $12.1 million to improve college fiber speeds

In the year since Ohio officials announced they would increase broadband speeds tenfold for 41 colleges and universities, the state has finalized all but one contract with the third-party providers that run the connections between schools and the state’s 5,500-mile fiber optic network. Upping broadband speeds at the selected institutions — from below 1 gigabit per second to 10 gigabits per second — as part of the “Last Mile Improvement Program” involves updating physical infrastructure for the connections, as well as security firewalls. Emily has it.

Incoming Washington U. CIO distinguishes between IT combination and IT centralization

When Jessie Minton takes over as chief information officer at Washington University in St. Louis next April, it will be the first time that a CIO oversees both IT operations for both its main campus and its medical school. The new arrangement is one of several major technology initiatives at the 15,000-student university, which is also building out its use of data analytics and migrating its business information systems to the software firm Workday. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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