Micah Ward

Micah Ward is a University Business staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

What leaders should know about the new digital SAT

It'll save students and educators about an hour of testing, for starters. Here's what The College Board told District Administration about the revamped exam.

A frustrating year results in drastic declines in FAFSA submissions

Nearly 57% fewer high school seniors have submitted a new FAFSA form compared to last year's numbers. Could delays and technological errors be to blame?

Do colleges consider legacy status in admissions? Here’s what the data says

The Supreme Court's dismantling of affirmative action earlier this year sent chills down the spines of higher education and K12 leaders alike over fears that students won't have equal access to college. New data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals just how widespread the practice was.

Aspiring educators aren’t comfortable using edtech. Here are 3 ways colleges can help

Just over half of educator preparation programs (EPPs) report that most of their faculty incorporate technology into their training, a new report suggests. As a result, first-time teachers lack the confidence to use edtech in the classroom at a time when the profession can't avoid it.

In downtime alone, ransomware attacks have cost the education sector more than $50 billion since 2018

Throughout the first half of 2023, K12 and higher education institutions experienced 85 ransomware attacks, nearly doubling last year's recording, according to a new analysis from Comparitech. Unfortunately for the education sector as a whole, it's a troubling trend that shows no signs of slowing down, and it's costing schools a fortune in downtime.

Nearly 80% of schools were hit with a ransomware attack in the last year

Cybercriminals have been refining their tactics for conducting ransomware attacks for several years, a new report suggests. Unfortunately, for higher ed leaders, they've only become more complex.

Higher ed institutions face fewer malware threats, but ransomware attacks continue on

During the first six months of 2023, the education sector saw a 179% spike in overall attack volume compared to the first half of 2022. The attacks are seemingly regular as well, with 16.6% of victims reported being targeted at least once a month.

Instructors want to encourage AI use among students. First, they need guidance from leaders

Many teachers are using the technology to prepare students for a future inevitably accompanied by AI. But few educators have received guidance from administrators on how to do so.

New education laws took effect this month. What’s in store for these 2 states?

July 1 marked the beginning of the new fiscal year in most states, along with it new laws that will affect K12 and higher education. But for many teachers and students, they may prove themselves disruptive to learning and instruction.

Community college and career opportunities becoming a higher priority for high schoolers

Most teens firmly believe in the importance of a four-year college degree, but they're becoming increasingly open-minded toward other postsecondary opportunities, a new survey suggests.

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