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Higher ed leaders brace for new reporting requirements

Higher education IT leaders are preparing for new federal reporting requirements on cybersecurity, data privacy and web accessibility, Educause’s policy lead, Jarret Cumming, says on the Cutting EDge podcast. One of the changes is to the FTC's Safeguards Rule, a long list of breach-notification requirements. But he says concerns about a federal privacy law can stay on the back burner. “Unless someone decides to take a crack at rewriting FERPA — and no one seems to be lining up in either the House or the Senate to take that task on — I actually think we’re unlikely to see significant change in privacy requirements for colleges or universities or federal privacy in general,” he says. Listen to the podcast.

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2U leans into ‘free-to-degree’ pipeline

After a summer of layoffs and budget cuts, the online learning company 2U shared a more upbeat outlook in its third quarter earnings call on Monday. A year after its acquisition of online learning platform edX last year, 2U is starting to see the benefits — including a greater number of learners moving from edX’s free online courses to 2U’s paid online degrees and alternative credentials, said Chip Paucek, the company’s CEO. “2U is transitioning most activity to the edX platform and we’re seeing material progress internally and externally,” Paucek told investors. Lindsay McKenzie has the story.

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