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Historically Black institutions sign on to receive cybersecurity support

About a quarter of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are now signed on to receive a comprehensive IT assessment designed to bring the institutions into compliance with federal cybersecurity standards, the director of the Student Freedom Initiative told EdScoop. Of 107 HBCUs, 25 have agreements with SFI and its partners to receive a comprehensive assessment for requirements established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, called the NIST 800-171. The agreements also provide the institutions equipment and a year of support as they develop long-term IT strategies. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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College students want mental-health help after hours

A telehealth app called TimelyCare on Tuesday reported that 40% of its virtual mental-health check-ins with students over the past three months took place outside of typical business hours. Visit numbers for the platform, which is used by more than 130 colleges and universities, quadrupled between August and October, according to a press release. TimelyCare, which offers students access to its own health counselors around clock, conducted more than 1,100 virtual visits in August, 2,900 visits in September and more than 4,200 visits in October, which often falls around midterm assessments. Emily has it.

Community colleges can now offer free Google IT certificates

Google will allow community colleges and technical education high schools to incorporate its technology certifications into their curriculums for free, the company announced last week. Community colleges and schools can now offer Grow With Google certificate training as part of for-credit courses. The certificates, which are administered by the online learning provider Coursera, include data analytics, IT support, project management and user experience design. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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