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Modern Campus acquires continuing-education provider Augusoft

The higher education technology company Modern Campus on Wednesday announced its acquisition of the enrollment software provider Augusoft, the firm’s fifth acquisition within the past 12 months. Augusoft’s online registration software, Lumens, is designed to manage students enrolled in continuing and professional education. Modern Campus offers a competing student management system for non-traditional enrollment called Destiny One. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Ransomware attacks against schools rose in 2021, study shows

The overall number of ransomware attacks against state and local governments observed by the the antivirus firm Emsisoft dropped last year, but the number of incidents involving schools rose from 84 in 2020 to 88, including 26 college campuses and 62 school districts. Cybercriminals seeking to extort officials by freezing or stealing data last year still had a “banner year,” according to a report published Tuesday by Emisoft. Benjamin Freed has more.

College enrollment dropped 2.7% last fall semester

Overall enrollment for higher education institutions dropped 2.7% last fall semester, continuing a downward slide that started even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a National Student Clearinghouse report released last week. Fall 2021 was the first time fall-to-fall enrollment has dropped more than 2.5% since 1970, NSC director of research publications Mikyung Ryu told EdScoop. Emily has it.

University of Wisconsin testing body scanners that use AI, radar to boost security

The University of Wisconsin Police Department is testing whether body scanners that use radar imaging and artificial intelligence are a good fit for security outside campus events, like Big Ten football games that draw tens of thousands of fans. The university signed an agreement last week with Liberty Defense for a beta test on its Madison campus, with an expected start date in the second quarter of 2022. Liberty Defense claims its “Hexwave” scanners can find threats like pipe bombs, flares and plastic guns that go undetected with traditional metal detectors. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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