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Career-readiness startup gets $2.6 million

In a growing edtech sector, the career-readiness startup Upkey announced on Tuesday it’s closed $2.6 million in seed funding. The Chicago-based startup offers free career-readiness tools to high school and university students with what the company calls “individualized, self-paced support," with a focus on supporting minority and first-generation students. Colin Wood has the story.

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Montana State picked a new CIO

Montana State University has announced it selected Ryan Knutson, who currently serves as chief information officer for Sioux Falls Public Schools, as its new CIO and vice president for information technology. Knutson, who’s set to join the university on July 1, manages technology supporting 25,000 students across 32 locations, according to the university’s announcement. MSU President Waded Cruzado said Knutson was selected in part because he “understands that now, more than ever, technology plays a critical role in our ability to educate our students as well as conduct research." Colin has more.

A new administration for education

With President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in the White House, university leaders and edtech executives said they’re expecting a divergence in the type of federal policy affecting their institutions and students over the next four years. Higher education leaders said early policies, like the recent move to forgive student loan debt, are a good start, but that there's much work left to be done. Deb Bushway, president of Northwestern Health Sciences University, said she's seeking new governance around innovation, but hopes the new administration doesn't over-correct. “That’s the tricky thing,” she said. “What we saw in some Obama policies was so much heavy consumer protection regulation that innovation was really tough to do.” Read the full story.

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