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How Dakota State is making its name as the 'cyber powerhouse of the Plains'

With the public and private sectors raising the alarm on a lack of cybersecurity talent to meet rising threats, Dakota State announced a slew of projects last week. These include a planned $50 million lab in Sioux Falls, designed to offer the state as an alternative to the costs for workers who want specific, skill-intensive research jobs. Dakota State laid a foundation for the initiative with tens of millions of dollars spent on academic and specialized research buildings in Madison, a small city in southeast South Dakota. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Howard U. wants to use data analysis to solve societal woes

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. To emphasize interdisciplinary 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 more.

Cengage and 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 this week. Pearson acquired Credly, a digital platform to design and offer digital badges and credentials, for $200 million. Credly supports organizations including CompTIA, IBM and the American Council of Education, according to its website. Cengage purchased Infosec, which offers a phishing simulator and cybersecurity awareness training alongside technical courses, for $190.8 million. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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