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Department of Ed Lays Down Law on Kindle E-Reader Usage

The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't accessible to students who are blind or have low vision.

Virginia Tech Calls Warnings 'Timely' by 2007 Measure

In response to the United States Department of Education's preliminary report on Virginia Tech's response to the 2007 mass shooting, the Blacksburg university has issued a response that vehemently objects to the department's findings.

NSF, NIH To Measure Federal Science Funding Impact

Reflecting the White House's focus on performance metrics and accountability, a new initiative with an unwieldy name is about to begin measuring the impact of federal investment in the sciences.

Author Anya Kamenetz

The Moral Mission

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) explores how students can and will use technology to sidestep the spiraling costs of college to pursue non-traditional paths toward learning. Author Anya Kamenetz talks to CT about the institutional imperative to bring down tuition costs and make higher learning more accessible to more people.

Cyber Challenge: 10,000 Security Warriors Wanted

The Cyber Challenge has set as its national goal to identify and train an army of cybersecurity experts to help fill shortages in industry and government. Campuses like Cal Poly are helping to lead the charge.

Higher Education IT in the 'New Normal'

CT asks Harvard Business School CIO Stephen Laster about the changing role of campus IT in today’s challenging economic times.

Court: FCC Can't Regulate Broadband ISPs

A three-judge federal appeals court panel dealt a serious blow Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) authority to regulate broadband Internet service providers (ISPs).

Women in Life Sciences Suffer Salary Gap

Women conducting research in the life sciences receive on average about $13,000 less than their male counterparts--a salary gap that can't be explained by productivity or other professional factors.

Microsoft Backs Digital Due Process Initiative

Microsoft this week joined a coalition to encourage Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition wants to ensure that data associated with cloud computing services receive the same level of privacy protections as data stored on PCs in homes.