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Meanwhile, here are this week’s stories in HigherEd technology.
Critical Code Execution Flaw Patched in Peoplesoft Core Engine
Organizations that have their PeopleSoft installations exposed to the internet should pay special attention to a remote code execution vulnerability patched on Tuesday as part of Oracle’s massive quarterly Critical Patch Update.
“This vulnerability can be exploited by sending a HTTP request to the PeopleSoft service with a serialized JAVA object,” said Alexander Polyakov, CTO at ERPScan. “After unserialization, it can run any command on the server.”
Source: Threat Post
University of Nevada, Reno to Partner with New Content Services Platform Provider
The University of Nevada, Reno was presented with a challenge when administrative faculty were informed that their current content management system, Nolij, was coming to end of life in June of 2018. Nolij had been the University’s system of choice since the year 2000, and more than 30 different University departments were dependent on Nolij for their day-to-day operations. The University looked at several products as potential options for data migration and future content management operations.
“In an environment that has an increasing need for smarter content management with automated solutions, OnBase by Hyland is a great tool to meet this need with its user-friendly interface and strong workflow capabilities,” Burcak Erenoglu, project manager for the University’s Office of Information Technology, said. “I believe that it will be a great asset for increasing the operational efficiency at University of Nevada, Reno.”
Source: NEVADA Today
Degree Planning Platform
Portland State University Selects Barnes & Noble Education LoudCloud to Co-Develop Degree Planning Platform
BNED LoudCloud, a Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. company and Portland State University (PSU), today announced a strategic partnership to co-develop a degree planning solution. Using insights generated by PSU’s reTHINK initiative and leveraging BNED’s analytics platform, the solution will ultimately help more students graduate on time with better pathways to employment and provide the university with long-term demand planning tools.
“This is a problem worth solving to benefit millions of students across the country,” says PSU’s vice provost for Innovation, Planning and Student Success, Sukhwant Jhaj, “and stems from our extensive research and design thinking work to revamp advising. Our institutions and the higher education ecosystem can do more to help the new non-traditional majority…”.
Source: Financial Times Business Wire
Employees Test Workday Prior to Upcoming Launch
Faculty, staff, technical service and student employees actively tested the Penn State University’s new human resources and payroll system, Workday, over the past several weeks. User engagement testing (UET) gave employees the ability to log in to the new system, watch demonstrations by members of the Workday implementation team, and test the system themselves.
“User engagement testing is a critical milestone prior to the launch of Workday. We wanted a representative set of testers who could provide us feedback and enhance our communications and training strategies,” said Rina Kumar, assistant project director of the Workday implementation project.
Source: Penn State News
Swinburne University of Technology Partners with Instructure to Offer Advanced Learning System
Swinburne has announced a partnership with Instructure, to offer a new and improved learning management system (LMS).
Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson, has emphasised the importance of new learning practices and encouraging future-ready learning students.
“One of the key pillars of Swinburne’s vision is the creation of Future-Ready Learners. These are learners who are confident and enterprising and who create social and economic impact,” Professor Kristjanson explains.“This requires Swinburne to transform its approach to learning and the student experience and become a leader in employability and business creation outcomes.”
Source: Swinburne News
Excelsior College, Unit4 Partner on New Platform to Support Student Success
Unit4, a world leader in student management systems for higher education, today announced a partnership with Excelsior College to replace the institution’s fiscal and student information systems with an integrated cloud solution.
“This transition represents an alignment of our people, process, and technology for the first time in the College’s history,” said Jim Lettko, COO, Excelsior. “We are seeking a technology system to help us manage resources and empower our staff to be more innovative and strategic. With Unit4, we have a solution that will allow us to be more agile, make data-driven decisions, and create a collaborative culture of student service. It sets the foundation for future growth.”
Source: Business Wire