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Cengage, Pearson both acquire professional development firms

Pearson and Cengage are both expanding their professional education and workforce development offerings through multi-million acquisitions, the education publishers announced on Monday. Pearson acquired Credly, a digital platform to design and offer digital badges and credentials, for $200 million, while Cengage purchased Infosec, which offers a phishing simulator and cybersecurity awareness training alongside technical courses, for $190.8 million. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Howard U. plans to address societal problems with data in new research center

Howard University’s chief academic officer told EdScoop the institution is aiming to attract more faculty and bring together existing research efforts to address deep societal issues using data, Following an announcement last week of a new research center dedicated to data analytics and research. Howard intends to recruit data science experts in various fields for tenure-track positions who will teach in their respective disciplines and work with the data science center. Emily has it.

Central Michigan U. accidentally told students they'd won scholarships

Central Michigan University will increase 58 student scholarships to full tuition after a test of the university’s new recruitment and enrollment management system went awry, President Robert Davies wrote in an email to the campus on last week. The university accidentally promised some students larger scholarships via email, but then decided to raise their awards to the equivalent of full tuition in light of the error. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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