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West Virginia U. to hire consultant for IT modernization project

West Virginia University plans to hire a consultant this year to get more information on the university’s digital systems and operations before embarking on 15 planned IT modernization projects, a university spokesperson told EdScoop. Along with an overhaul of WVU’s business and student information systems, the university’s leaders plan to re-examine the IT governance structure, redesign budget models, acquire a content services platform for digitizing documents and update cybersecurity policy. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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DeVry appoints former Ask Jeeves CEO to top innovation and partnerships 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. Emily has it.

Ohio wants to boost college internet 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 Enhancement Program” involves updating physical infrastructure for the connections, as well as security firewalls. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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