Benjamin Freed

Managing Editor

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

Higher Education

Online education company Zovio moves to sell last assets and shut down

by Benjamin Freed

Zovio, which sold Ashford University to the University of Arizona, is trying to sell its Fullstack Academy coding school and then dissolve.


Cyberthreats against academia picked up this year, CrowdStrike says

by Benjamin Freed

As financially motivated attacks get easier to carry out, more universities are entering entering the crosshairs, CrowdStrike says.

Data & Analytics

Cardona: College data good, college rankings 'a joke'

by Benjamin Freed

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said colleges should spend more time on metrics that actually matter instead of clout-chasing.


School's back, and so are scammers, NYS warns students

by Benjamin Freed

College students are prime targets for online scammers and other criminals, New York State officials said in a consumer alert.

Hybrid Learning

Zovio sells OPM business to University of Arizona Global Campus

by Benjamin Freed

The transaction comes two years after the University of Arizona purchased Zovio's Ashford University and rebranded it as the Global Campus.


Higher ed nearly doubled student information systems spending in 2021

by Benjamin Freed

Colleges and universities increased purchases of student information systems by 98% in 2021, reversing a five-year decline.