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School and university data breached in hack of education company Pearson

8/1/19
By: SiliconAngle

Education company Pearson Plc has been hacked, with data stolen from about 13,000 school and university accounts primarily in the U.S.

The hack, which was buried in a media release titled as “Pearson customer notification,” involved the theft of data that included first name, last name and in some cases date of birth or email address. “While we have no evidence that this information has been misused, we have notified the affected customers as a precaution,” the company said.



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Case In Point: Lessons for the proactive manager

7/31/19
By: Auburn University

The past two months we've focused on topics that routinely appear in the Fraud & Ethics related section of Case in Point--conflicts of interest and the use of funds/fiduciary responsibility. This month I'd like to address the most common type of article linked in the Fraud & Ethics section: occupational fraud. Simply put, occupational fraud is an employee stealing from their employer. Education has ranked in the top ten in frequency of occupational fraud for several years, though our losses tend to be much lower than other industries.



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Parents exploit this legal loophole to get their kids more need-based college financial aid

7/30/19
By: CNBC

Dozens of parents in Chicago have transferred legal guardianship of their high school-aged children to someone else — often, a friend or relative— so that their children can declare themselves financially independent from them, likely enhancing their eligibility for federal, state and university aid. ProPublica Illinois first reported the news.



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NJ colleges to face tougher oversight on how they spend student fees

7/30/19
By: NJBIZ

New Jersey’s colleges and universities will begin facing greater scrutiny about how they spend money from mandatory student fees, and why they want to enact the fees in the first place, under a measure Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signed on Tuesday. Additionally, colleges will have to produce financial aid “shopping sheets” to let prospective students easily compare financial aid packages across different schools.



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Evidence of college admissions scam uncovered by FBI years before Jerome Allen scandal

7/29/19
By: The Daily Pennsylvanian

The FBI obtained evidence of the 2019 national college admissions scandal from Phillip Esformes, the parent who bribed a former coach to help ensure his son's admission to Penn, three years before the scandal broke.



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UC Berkeley and four other schools removed from Best Colleges list for misreporting statistics

7/29/19
By: CBS News

U.S. News & World Report has had to adjust its popular lists of best colleges because at least five schools admitted to misreporting statistics. One of those schools, University of California-Berkeley, was knocked out of the No. 2 spot on the Top Public School list.



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Alaska defunds scholarships for thousands of university students ahead of fall semester

7/28/19
By: NBC News

Sian Gonzales found out he would no longer be receiving the almost $5,000 he has been awarded annually from the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) on July 9 — a month and a half shy of the first day of classes for his junior year at the University of Alaska Anchorage.



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UC Berkeley loses U.S. News college ranking for 'greatly overstated' donation numbers

7/28/19
By: SFGATE

U.S. News & World Report has had to adjust its popular lists of best colleges because at least five schools admitted to misreporting statistics. One of those schools, University of California–Berkeley, was knocked out of the No. 2 spot on the Top Public School list.



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Lancaster University Says Phishing Attack Behind Data Breach

7/23/19
By: Security Boulevard

Lancaster University has revealed that a successful phishing attack resulted in a data breach involving the data of its students and applicants.
 

On 22 July, the public research university announced on Twitter that it had suffered a “sophisticated and malicious phishing attack.” This tweet linked to a security update published on the school’s website.In both its tweet and web statement, Lancaster University didn’t provide any details about the phishing attack including how many employees opened the malicious email. But it did reveal how the successful attack resulted in two data breaches.



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ISU to pay $225K in lawsuit settlement with former Reiman Gardens director

7/22/19
By: Ames Tribune

A former director of Reiman Gardens will receive $225,000 for unpaid wages as part of settlement of a lawsuit she filed against Iowa State University in 2016. 

In the lawsuit, Teresa McLaughlin claimed the university breached its contract with her by failing to pay her all earned commissions, and failed to fully reimburse her for all accrued but unused paid time off. The settlement was announced Monday.



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