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08/26/2021
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Higher ed leaders sketch cyber workforce plans

Higher education institutions announced new investments in cybersecurity on Wednesday as part of the flood of initiatives declared at a high-profile White House cybersecurity meeting. Leaders from the University of Texas system, Washington’s Whatcom Community College and Tougaloo College, a private Historically Black institution in Mississippi, attended the meeting, along with the nonprofits Code.org and Girls Who Code. Education announcements focused on growing the pool of professionals prepared to handle growing cybersecurity threats. The White House estimates vacancies in nearly half a million public and private cybersecurity jobs. Emily Bamforth has the details.


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Five New Mexico colleges plan to share computer systems

Five New Mexico higher education institutions plan to share the same back-end information systems in hopes of delivering better digital services to students. The nonprofit Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services announced last week it selected Workday for a new shared student information system and enterprise resource planning system, which includes human resources, finance and payroll functions. The group, which seeks to improve college processes through cross-institution partnerships, includes Northern New Mexico College, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, Clovis Community College and Central New Mexico Community College. Emily has it.


College tries AI to improve online class discussions

Truckee Meadows Community College is turning to artificial intelligence to improve online class discussions its president says are often “a lot of sunshine, not a lot of synthesis.” The Nevada institution announced a formal licensing agreement this week with Packback, AI that critiques the quality of posts on online academic discussions. The announcement arrives as more individual instructors started using the software over the past year. Check out the full story on Edscoop.


TikTok backs cybersecurity education initiative

TikTok is joining several other tech companies in backing a new career-training initiative by the National Cyber Security Alliance, an industry-backed organization that promotes cybersecurity education. The social-media company plans to use its video platform to share content from the alliance’s Cybersecurity Education and Career Resource Library, a new suite of materials encouraging college students — as well as K-12 students, teachers, veterans and other groups — to learn the skills needed to fill an estimated 359,000 cybersecurity job openings across the United States and 3 million jobs globally, figures that are projected to grow in future years. Benjamin Freed has more.


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