Category Archives: Technology

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U.S. Permits Academic Exchanges With Iran, Including Providing MOOCs

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday issued a license that authorizes academic exchanges between the United States and Iran, and allows Iranian students to participate in U.S.-based massive open online courses, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control is the agency responsible for administering economic sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy. Under a document it released on Thursday, Iran General License G, accredited Am…


National Hispanic U. Reportedly Will Close by Summer of 2015

National Hispanic University, which stopped enrolling new students in January, expects to close as a four-year college by the summer of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported, citing a statement by the institution’s corporate owner, Laureate Education Inc.

The company bought National Hispanic in 2010 and planned to significantly increase its enrollment by adding 8,000 students online and starting new degree programs. But those efforts never took off, and Laureate officials have said rules rest…


U. of Montana Reaches Deal With U.S. on Accessible-Technology Policies

The University of Montana at Missoula has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to develop new accessibility policies and to train employees about disability issues, The Missoulian reported.

The agreement stems from a student’s 2012 complaint that the university had discriminated against students with disabilities by using inaccessible information technology, such as assignments on the university’s learning-management system, documents posted on…


Harvard Professor Settles Fair-Use Dispute With Record Label

An Australian record label has agreed that a Harvard University law professor’s use of a popular song in a lecture that was posted online constituted fair use of the material, as part of a settlement that ends a legal dispute between the two parties.

Liberation Music had threatened to sue the professor, Lawrence Lessig, over his use of the song. But Mr. Lessig, who is a prominent scholar of Internet law and a supporter of reduced copyright restrictions, responded by suing the company for what he…


Cathy Davidson, Scholar of Learning Innovation, to Join CUNY Grad Center

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York has announced that Cathy N. Davidson, a leading interdisciplinary and learning-innovation scholar, will join its faculty this summer. Ms. Davidson is now a professor of interdisciplinary studies and of English at Duke University, where she has also served as vice provost for interdisciplinary studies.

Ms. Davidson will hold an academic appointment in the Graduate Center’s English Ph.D. program and will direct CUNY’s systemwide Futures Initia…


Hackers Make Off With 300,000 Personnel Records at U. of Maryland

“A sophisticated computer-security attack” on the University of Maryland on Tuesday gave hackers access to more than 300,000 records of students, faculty and staff members, and others who have been issued university IDs on two of the system’s campuses since 1998.

According to a letter by Wallace D. Loh, the system’s president, experts are trying “to determine how our sophisticated, multilayered security defenses were bypassed,” and a criminal investigation is under way.

Brian D. Voss, the univer…


MIT Is Criticized Over Support for Student Programmers in Fraud Inquiry

[Updated (2/16/2013, 3 p.m.) with details from a statement by MIT's president.]

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is drawing fire from critics who say it has failed to support four undergraduates who are facing a fraud inquiry for a project that won them a programming award, The Boston Globe reported. But by Saturday, MIT’s president said the students had the “full and enthusiastic support” of the university.

The students’ project is called Tidbit and involves a technology to “mine…


U. of the People Announces That It Has Received Accreditation

The University of the People, a tuition-free online institution that aims to reach underserved students around the world, announced on Thursday that it had received accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council, a national accrediting group, The New York Times reported.

The university currently has 700 students in 142 countries enrolled in business-administration and computer-science programs, according to the Times. But the Israeli entrepreneur who started the project four yea…


After Backlash, Scholarly Group’s Chief to Seek Review of Proposed Blog Ban

The president of the International Studies Association said on Wednesday that he would seek a committee’s review of a proposal that would bar editors of the association’s journals from blogging, after that proposal drew widespread criticism from scholars.

The proposal stemmed from a meeting of the association’s executive committee, and is on the agenda for the group’s governing council, which meets the day before the ISA’s annual meeting, in March. Any changes in the ISA’s policies must win the …


Canadian University Suspends Football Players for Inappropriate Tweets

Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, suspended six members of its football team on Monday for tweeting messages of “hate, racism, and sexism,” according to The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper.

An online student publication at another Halifax institution, the University of King’s College School of Journalism, reported several tweets that it said had been sent by members of the football team, prompting St. Mary’s to take action. A spokesman for the university, Steve Proctor, said t…