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UC Berkeley wants to predict which students are at risk

After UC Berkeley’s automated advising system sent 24,980 alerts to advisers last fall, warning of students with poor grades and inactivity in their classes, university leaders said Thursday they want to use this data to better predict students who are at risk. Alerts can be triggered by students dropping below a certain grade or failing to participate in a course. By analyzing these alerts and students’ end-of-course performance data, advisers can start digging into what factors can predict student success, Steven Williams, project manager for Berkeley Online Advising, said during Educause’s annual meeting Thursday. Emily Bamforth reports.

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Columbus State U. has a new CIO and CISO

Columbus State University in Georgia announced this week it’s selected a new chief information security officer and promoted its interim chief information officer to a permanent role. The new CISO, Nicol Lewis, most recently employed as CISO at the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, will work on “establishing and maintaining a university-wide information security management program,” according to the press release. The new CIO, Theodore Laskaris, was hired in 2019 in an interim capacity and is tasked with developing a strategy for adopting new technologies and digital services, according to a university press release. Emily has it.

Emeritus buys STEM bootcamp business

Emeritus, which works with universities on career development programs, is acquiring the K-12 tech camp and course provider iD Tech for $200 million, the companies announced this week. ID Tech works with 150 universities worldwide developing summer camps focused on STEM skills like artificial intelligence and coding, as well as offering online courses for K-12 students. Emeritus, the online arm of the Indian executive education company Eruditus, partners with higher education institutions including the Wharton School of Business and MIT’s professional development program to offer short-term, online courses and degrees. Check out the full story on EdScoop.


Six ways cloud answers higher education’s call for change

Higher-education institutions are looking to the cloud to build agility into their networks in order to meet tomorrow’s challenges, while getting maximum value from today’s IT investments. Cisco Meraki’s Juan Vela breaks down six focus areas that higher-education IT leaders are tackling today in order to advance initiatives for hybrid learning, enhanced security and cloud adoption. Read more insights from Vela.

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