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10/27/2021
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Texas A&M might consolidate its entire IT department

Consultants on Monday recommended that Texas A&M centralize its information technology department and establish a central help desk to give leaders more information about services. A restructuring of one of the country’s largest universities, outlined in a report published by two companies hired by the Texas A&M system in June — MGT Consulting and Martin+Crumpton — would have the institution halve the number of units in its IT department’s organizational chart. The guidance is in line with the report’s broader takeaways, including that the university needs to better organize its departments for efficiency and oversight. Emily Bamforth has more.


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Stanford launches a new digital education office

Stanford University’s new digital education office aims to take ideas for how the highly ranked research institution can improve access to education through online courses, Vice Provost Matthew Rascoff told EdScoop. The university announced the new office on Monday, along with a computer science education pilot that Rascoff points to as a model for the initiatives the office plans to champion. More than 220 students are enrolled this fall in a Stanford computer science class taught during the typical school day, the first time Stanford is offering a dual-enrollment course nationally. Emily has it.


TikTok exits U.S. Cyber Games amid criticism

Amid criticism from two Republican members of the U.S. Senate, the social-media company TikTok said Monday it has withdrawn its sponsorship of the inaugural U.S. Cyber Games, a federally backed competition to discover cybersecurity talent among young adults. The decision came after Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas issued a statement last Thursday aiming at the Biden administration and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, which backs the Cyber Games, for its partnership with TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance. Benjamin Freed has the story.


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