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Colleges Told Not to Worry About GDPR Compliance

Six months after the European Union announced the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), U.S. colleges and universities are still unsure how to comply with the data protection and privacy rules. To ease concerns, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lawyer Esteban Morin recently advised university IT leaders not to panic if they are just beginning to develop a compliance plan. He noted that many institutions and companies are still starting their compliance efforts and the European Union is struggling to enforce its GDPR rules. However, Morin warned institutions not to be complacent and expect enforcement of the data-privacy rules in the next. Read More.

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Seven Maine Hospitals to Merge Next Year

In a move similar to independent hospitals across the U.S., seven hospitals in Maine are consolidating into a single nonprofit entity. Effective January 1, 2019, MaineHealth will consist of the following hospitals: Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME) Biddeford-based Southern Maine Health Care (Biddleford, ME) LincolnHealth (Damariscotta, ME, and Boothbay Harbor, ME) Coastal Healthcare Alliance (Rockport, ME) Western Maine Health (Norway, ME) Franklin Community Health Network (Farmington, ME) Maine Behavioral Healthcare in (South Portland, ME) Declining revenue, insufficient healthcare staff and mounting costs were reasons given for the merger. MaineHealth will be governed by a board of trustees, include over 19,000. Read More.

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130 Universities Seek Improving Student Success Rates

Details have been announced regarding a major cross-institutional collaborative project aimed to boost college student success rates. Named Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, the project features 130 universities that will work together in 16 clusters to increase student access and completion rates and close equity gaps. Efforts are being led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which has asked participating universities for a five-year commitment to help graduate several hundred thousand college students during that span. The project will rely on data sharing among the universities, especially within the clusters where institutions will use standard metrics on. Read More.

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NAICU President to Retire

After 25 years of leading the country’s organization of private nonprofit colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (“NAICU”) president David Warren is retiring. Warren will step down next summer after helping lead the Student Aid Alliance to help with federal funds for college students, co-chairing the National Campus Voter Registration Project to encourage student participation in the electoral process, and creating the University and College Accountability Network to offer an alternative to federal accountability systems. In a statement on Warren’s retirement, American Council on Education president Ted Mitchell said Warren stood for the best that U.S. higher education. Read More.

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Steve Ursillo Discusses How Technology Will Impact Audit

In a short video for the International Federation of Accountants (“IFAC”), Steve Ursillo, Jr. , shares his thoughts on how technology will affect audit and assurance services. Ursillo, Cherry Bekaert’s National Leader for the Information Assurance & Cybersecurity practice, says new accounting technologies will likely impact the way auditors perform engagements and client services. Watch the video on the IFAC website.

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Education Department Proposes Title IX Changes

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has issued a proposed rule that would curtail a college institution’s obligations to investigate on-campus sexual misconduct. The rule change would add protections for college students accused of sexual misconduct, and it would allow institutions to investigate misconduct that occurred within programs they sanction. In addition, colleges would be responsible for investigating cases when a formal complaint is submitted to appropriate campus officials. While DeVos said the rule would improve the process of resolving complaints, women’s groups and other advocates argue that it would undermine victims’ rights and open the possibility to off-campus assaults or. Read More.

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