Stanford University and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) announced they were victimized by the Accellion data breach, joining a growing list of schools. Reports indicate the CLOP ransomware group contacted the universities and demanded $10 million in bitcoin or the attackers would publish the stolen data.

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Belmont University has invested more than $2 million in technology upgrades for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. The upgrades will enable virtual access to the school’s resources whether learning on campus, remotely, or in a hybrid model.

In a move to help support student success, Valdosta State University is partnering with Civitas Learning to more effectively use student data. Valdosta State said the partnership will allow the school to focus “even more on solving challenges and providing resources to students from enrollment to graduation.”

Moving beyond basic online learning, Morehouse College is now offering two classes held in virtual reality (VR) for the spring semester.

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Higher education institutions are gearing up for a long-term hybrid future, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent Deloitte Insights report finds that a hybrid approach will allow institutions to become more resilient during future disruptions – whether pandemics or natural disasters – help institutional leaders better manage costs and pedagogical demands, and ultimately become more student-centered.

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