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Uneven Standards Hamper Online Education the World Over

A new report has provided SWOT analyses of seven regions around the world related to digital and distance education. The bottom line: While online learning is on the rise everywhere, programs and courses show great unevenness because of a lack of standards.

Education Top Target for Adware and Trojans

Education's greatest cybersecurity threat is the openness of its networks, according to a company that produces anti-malware software. According to a new analysis of its customer data, Malwarebytes has found that the education sector was the largest target for adware and trojans, and second among verticals for being hit with ransomware.

Even with Rising Costs, College Remains a Solid Investment

In a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, two researchers have determined that even though college costs are rising, it's still a good investment.

Tech Not a Cure-all in Student Advising

A recent effort to use technology more consistently in the college student advising process resulted in few changes over the status quo.

Gender Pay Gap Persists for IT Staffers

In its latest analysis of IT salaries in higher education, the Educause Center for Analysis and Research found that a significant salary gap between men and women persists among IT staff.



Survey: Financial Blunders Abound in Higher Ed

According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of schools reported financial fraud, waste and abuse as a challenge. More than one in four said their vulnerability to risk of fraud and abuse has increased in the last year.

Christensen Institute Explores Use of Tech to Build Students' Social Capital

Helping students develop their "social capital" — the people and environments they have access to, including caring teachers, tutors, mentors, coaches and friends who can help them thrive — isn't just a job for students' immediate face-to-face connections.

Report Offers Equity Lessons Learned from CTE Programs

A new policy brief from MDRC explores how the career and technical education programs of today can avoid the equity problems that plagued vocational education in previous generations.

More Burden for College Costs Placed on Students' Shoulders

A growing number of parents expect their kids to pay at least half of the cost of college — up from 31 percent in 2018 to 38 percent in 2019. A survey of 1,501 American parents of college-bound students aged 16 to 18 found that fewer of them expect to cover the entire expense, down from 34 percent last year to 28 percent this year.

Survey: College Students' View of the Future Varies by Major

According to Cengage's latest "Student Opportunity Index," while students were fairly bullish about their chances of finding work out of school, the degree of their optimism varied by major.

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