Around the industry: Audit finds state higher ed department did not track $5M in student loans

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  • California: Fresno City College (FCC) is launching a new physical education class in which students will play Pokémon Go. The walking class offers one unit of transferable credit. "It's a fun way of making a fitness class work and attracting more students to physical fitness," says Oliver Germond, FCC's women's soccer coach, who will be teaching the class (Appleton, Fresno Bee, 8/9).
  • Missouri: A state audit of the Missouri Department of Higher Education released last week finds that staff for the state-run loan program Advantage Missouri did not properly monitor outstanding loans and also failed to explain the terms of loan agreements to borrowers. More than $5 million of nearly $8 million issued to students over ten years ago remains unpaid. However, department officials have yet to determine whether the unpaid amounts should be forgiven (LakeExpo.com, 8/11).
  • Texas: The University of North Texas (UNT) Criminal Justice Department plans to open a cellphone cybersecurity lab at the UNT New College at Frisco. The facility will serve as a laboratory for analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities (Botelho, University Business, 8/11).

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