Big News within Sessions and Surveys

5. Higher Ed has Massive Misconceptions about Low-Income Student Success

New data released at EDUCAUSE by vibeffect challenges the commonly held perception that low-income students have a categorical deficit and cannot thrive in a variety of four-year college ecosystems. It reveals that students from low-income households ($35,000 household income and below) have an equal probability of earning a “high-thriving” designation on all dimensions of thriving, and often are equally represented in the highest-thriving group. Read the full story here.

6. The Great Recession Still Lords over Campus IT

A sweeping Campus Computing Survey shows that most colleges and universities are still undergoing budget cuts in the aftershocks of the struggling economy. 8 years after the beginning of the Great Recession, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the CIOs and senior IT officers who participated in Campus Computing’s 2016 survey report that IT funding at their campus “has not fully recovered from the budget cuts experienced over the past four-six years.” And it’s this lack of recovery that’s currently affecting multiple IT issues, such as personnel, instruction, security…and a growing angst with analytics. Read the full story here.

7. The Top 10 IT Issues in 2017

According to Susan Grajek, vice president of data, research, and analytics for EDUCAUSE, there were three new issues mentioned by higher ed panelists this year: strategic leadership, higher education affordability, and next-generation enterprise IT. Read the full story here.

8. Students Want Institutions to Use Their data to Transform Their College Experience

A new survey released at EDUCAUSE 2016 reveals that students believe personal data use will transform higher education. The Ellucian survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, defines personal data and personal student information as any data a school manages about a student, from application to meal plan. 93 percent of students said they expect to only have to provide personal information to their institution once. 77 percent of surveyed students said they believe institutions should use their personal data to improve their college experiences in various areas. Read the full story here.

9. Ransomware Plaguing Higher Education

A recent report found that Higher Education Institutions have now become the number one target for ransomware and other malware attacks. The report revealed that that one in 10 education organizations have found that ransomware has infected their networks. Academic institutions must maintain an unusually open cyber environment to ensure access for all, which makes them a target for cybercriminals and leaves their research and student data at risk. Hackers launch ransomware attacks that target faculty, staff and internal resources. The attacks usually start with a phishing campaign–the type that lead to the Olympians’ medical data being leaked–featuring a variety of lures that are irresistible to students and faculty, tricking them into clicking on a malicious document or website that automatically downloads a variety of ransomware and malware. Read the full story here.

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About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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