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Leaked eMail stokes climate-change debate

Students' Social Security numbers and other personally identifying information aren't the only data that campus IT administrators must secure, as an embarrassing and likely politically motivated security breach last week…

Schools protest Kindle’s setup for the blind

Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader can read books aloud, but if you're blind it can be difficult to turn that function on without help. Now, two universities say they will…

UC’s 32-percent fee hike sparks protest

As protests raged outside, the University of California Board of Regents on Nov. 19 approved a 32-percent fee increase for students attending the state's premier public universities in a dramatic…

Baylor IT official focuses on digitization

Pattie Orr and other Baylor University officials take preservation seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the school dedicated a wing of its library to digitizing rare books, audio recordings, maps,…

Student lending landscape in flux

College administrators face a student lending landscape in upheaval at a time when students are borrowing more money than ever to pay for college. Key words: college software, student lending,…

Online college admissions services growing

With an average of one counselor for every 500 public high school students in the U.S., college applicants are often left without professional guidance--and so internet-based companies offering admissions advice…

USA Today tests online edition at colleges

Penn State, Indiana, and Missouri universities are the first schools to participate in a USA Today initiative meant to test how students respond to electronic versions of printed newspapers. Key words:…

Google rewrites landmark book-search deal

Internet search leader Google Inc. will ease its control over millions of copyright-protected books earmarked for its digital library if a court approves a revised lawsuit settlement that addresses objections…

‘Credit by exam’ expands student options

Excelsior College, a New York-based online institution, and educational content and assessment company Pearson launched a program this week aimed at increasing the number of students who have access to…

Cloud computing envelops EDUCAUSE talk

The 2009 EDUCAUSE higher-education technology conference in Denver Nov. 3-6 saw campus IT administrators present ways to preserve technology budgets during an economic downturn that has devastated many institutions' operating…