Around the industry: Penn State investigates longer than two-year cyberattack

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  • Louisiana: Xavier University of Louisiana announced that its next president will be C. Reynold Verret, current provost and VP for academic affairs at Savannah State University. Born in Haiti, Verret came to America as a refugee in 1963 and grew up in Brooklyn. Verret was chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates—and the reaction to his selection was "overwhelmingly positive," says Michael Rue, the chair of Xavier's board of trustees (Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 5/14).
  • Pennsylvania: Administrators at Pennsylvania State University are investigating a more than two-year cyberattack on the college of engineering, at least part of which was led by Chinese hackers. The college's network has been shut down—officials say for several days—while staff members improve its security. Investigators say the attack exposed personal data of more than 18,000 people, but there is no evidence that attackers stole the information. The university says it will put two-factor authentication in place to limit future attacks (Perlroth, "Bits," New York Times, 5/15).
  • Virginia: The state's community college system is piloting open educational resources (OER) at 15 schools. The OER materials are free and openly licensed, making them a cheaper alternative to textbooks for students. Officials estimate the pilot program alone will save 50,000 students more than $5 million in its first year alone (Meyer, Campus Technology, 5/15).

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