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U.S. cancels $3.9B in loans for ITT Tech students

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday it is discharging $3.9 billion in federal loans taken out by students who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute chain of for-profit colleges. Multiple federal and state investigations over the years concluded that ITT Tech, which closed in 2016, defrauded students with lofty claims of post-graduation job placement and career earnings, encouraging them to take out high-cost loans that left them saddled with long-term debt. Read more about the settlement.

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UMass leans on hybrid orientation to fuel student success

Chris Misra, chief information officer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joins the Cutting EDge podcast to talk about how the school’s new hybrid student orientation program is driving data and information to help students even before they get to campus. Misra says UMass uses a customer relationship management tool to visualize and analyze data about how students are interacting with campus programs like new student orientation. If, for example, university leaders can see an example where a student may not have engaged with any orientation programing — online or in person — it prompts a “last chance” for advisers to check in and help students avoid challenges like melt and stopping out. Listen to the podcast.


Oklahoma CISO discusses security and single identity strategies for citizen services

Matt Singleton praises Oklahoma’s foresight into supply chain security and identity measures that are helping the state stay ahead of modern threats. While they are not there yet, Singleton says Oklahoma is laying the groundwork for single identity across citizen services. Watch more from Singleton. 

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