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Virginia Tech names IT transformation director

Virginia Tech this week named Zohaib Qazi as a director to lead its IT Transformation program. Qazi, who most recently served as director of human resources information systems at the California State University-Northridge, takes over for David Crotts, a finance and operations director who’d been serving as the IT transformation program’s interim director. “Zohaib’s expertise and leadership will be particularly valuable as we move existing projects toward full implementation and start several new and challenging projects," said Virginia Tech CIO Scott Midkiff. Jake Williams reports.

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Education Department forgives $1.5B in debt for students of defunct Westwood College

The U.S. Education Department continued its run of wiping out debts incurred by former students of for-profit and largely online colleges on Tuesday, announcing the forgiveness of $1.5 billion in loans taken out by people who attended Westwood College, which closed in 2015. Westwood, which at its peak operated 15 physical campuses and a large online degree program was found to have “engaged in widespread misrepresentations” about its academic reputation and its students’ job prospects, a department press release read. The loan forgiveness will benefit about 79,000 people who enrolled in Westwood’s programs over the years. Read more.

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