This Week in Review – May 7th to May 13th


Private Equity Firm Buys Renaissance Learning—and Buys Back MyON

Digital literacy platform myON is changing hands for the third time. The private-equity firm Francisco Partners just announced the acquisition of Renaissance Learning which includes myON.

Current Renaissance CEO Daniel Hamburger called it “one of the largest investments that Francisco Partners has ever made” in its 20-year history.

Source: EdSurge

Enterprise Resource Planning - Alabama Community College

Tuition Rate Hike Coming to AL's Community College System

The Alabama Community College System board of trustees voted to raise the cost of each credit hour by $10. This will allow for upgrades and renovations as well as statewide support for the establishment of a unified system.

This new unified system will be in the form of a single enterprise resource planning solution from Ellucian. It will allow students access to registration, financial aid, grades, or even progress towards degrees or certifications, all from their mobile device.

Source: WSFA

Mail - University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Will Switch From U-mail to Gmail

At the start of the next Fall quarter, students from UCSB will be logging into Gmail instead of Office 365. No significant change will be seen by students aside from receiving access to unlimited storage on Google Drive and other Google tools as well as access to all Microsoft Suite products.

This transition also allows students, faculty and staff to be on the same platform and easily share documents, calendars and improve overall collaboration.

Source: Daily Nexus

Online Program Management - Rice University

Rice University Expands Partnership with 2U, Inc. to Deliver Business-Focused Online Short Courses

2U and Rice are expanding their partnership to offer online short courses in business and management. This Fall, Project Management, the first short course will be launched.

"Rice University is meeting the needs of ambitious professionals by offering dynamic business- and management-focused online short courses," said Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy Caroline Levander.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Textbooks - University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Partners with Akademos for Online Bookstore Services

Akademos has been selected by the University as its online bookstore. This will help students save on course materials while providing actionable data and analytical resources connecting learning material selections to academic outcomes.

Akademos will furthermore provide seamless integration between Banner and Canvas, the University's SIS and LMS, making this online bookstore an extension of the University experience.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Cybersecurity on a Small-School Budget: Two Liberal Arts Colleges Team Up to Share a CISO

Susquehanna University and Franklin & Marshall College, two small Pennsylvania liberal arts schools, have been teaming up to share one chief information security officer who reports to each institution's CIO.

Not having the resources to address cybersecurity on their own, the two institutions were able to develop an enterprise risk management process that encompasses all risk across campus, not just cyber.

Source: edscoop

Instructure Appoints Software Industry Veteran Dan Goldsmith as President

Starting June 4, 2018, Dan Goldsmith will be appointed President of Instructure.

With more than 20 years of experience in software and services, this veteran will be overseeing sales, marketing, product, customer experience, engineering and business development.

Source: Cision PRNewswire

The New CIO: Northeastern Appoints VP for Information Technology

Bringing a wealth of experience in information technology leadership in higher education, Cole W. Camplese will be the new vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Northeastern University, effective July 2.

Camplese will be responsible for envisioning, designing, and leading the Information Technology Services team.

Source: News@Northeastern