Security

Thwarting ID Thieves

What most colleges and universities aren't doing to avoid identity theft and fraud--but should be.

American colleges and universities are breeding grounds for innovative ideas and open information sharing. Pair that with a large number of systems on a given network and a vulnerable student population with fresh credit and you've got an appealing target for identity thieves.

The Shifting Instructional Technology Landscape

What the future holds for learning management systems and related technology

The look of instructional technology is changing rapidly, as are the roles and strategies of the IT professional. Higher education technology’s legacy was characterized by six key areas: a strong sense of faculty ownership; hidden costs of free systems and networks; content and delivery mechanisms that were not well-differentiated; unstructured innovation; systems that would neither scale nor integrate; and service levels that were little more than “We’ll give it our best”--all with security being a mere afterthought.

Title IX: Responding to sexual harassment and violence incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach

A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies beneath main administration buildings on campuses across the country. This is a sentiment echoed by many administrators committed to successfully responding to issues of sexual violence and harassment, but sometimes uncertain how to get there. With prevalence rates high and reporting rates low, colleges face challenges in designing and implementing effective responses. But an integrated institutional plan can help.

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Cyberattacks are on the rise in higher education

The lone-wolf hacker creating nuisance viruses in a basement has been replaced by sophisticated foreign governments and organized crime rings as the top cybersecurity threat to colleges and universities. Today’s hackers are now being deployed around the clock to steal intellectual property, sensitive research, and personal information, potentially costing colleges and universities millions of dollars and badly damaging their reputations.

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Crisis management planning resources

We've all seen what can happen to a higher ed institution when a weather-related disaster strikes. The American Association of Community Colleges is helping all community colleges become more prepared for anything that comes their way with a web page of crisis planning and management resources.

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Boston Strong: First responder spirit thrives in American higher education

As the rest of world gets on with their lives, those of us who call Massachusetts home are reminded daily of why the Bay State has always been Boston Strong. Speaking at a national interfaith service after the Marathon bombings, President Obama remarked, “We may be momentarily knocked off our feet. But we’ll pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going.

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University police officers must be allowed to carry guns on campus

The University of Oregon Police Department, like most university police departments, is responsible for campus safety, crime prevention and law enforcement. Before Friday, however, there was one striking difference that set this police department apart from most others: Officers serving in UOPD were prohibited by state bureaucrats from carrying firearms.

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Not many ask to carry concealed at Wyo. colleges

Students at one of the state’s community colleges or the University of Wyoming have the ability to ask if they can have a concealed carry weapon on campus, according to state statute.

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More government overreach--on campus sexual harassment

A joint letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education to the University of Montana earlier this month signals a stepped-up federal initiative to combat sexual assault and harassment on college campuses. While the problems are undeniably real, the government's proposed solutions may jeopardize such basic values as free speech and protections for the accused.

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Student Shot Two Women at Virginia CC Before Being Subdued

An 18-year-old student drove to a community college campus located inside a western Virginia mall on Friday, April 12, walked in, then opened fire -- wounding two women -- before being subdued by an off-duty security guard and two police officers, authorities said.

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