Fred Cate

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Top Indiana University administrators say a long-term efficiency initiative is unlikely to result in faculty or staff downsizing.  

The project, part of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, is called the Presidential Initiative to Reduce Administrative Barriers to Academic Excellence.

Vice President for Research Fred Cate says large organizations tend to accumulate layers of administrative red tape that can make it difficult to work efficiently.

A committee, made up of seven people including Cate, will spend the next few years on the project.

Medical Software Breach Affects 1-in-4 Hoosiers

Aug 5, 2015
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An Indiana medical software company says a data breach earlier this year has impacted 1.5 million people in Indiana, including 28,000 Indiana University employees.

Medical Informatics Engineering reported the data to the US Department of Health and Human Services this week.

Officials say the breach of the company's NoMoreClipboard service exposed personal data including birth dates, addresses and phone numbers — but a number of users may have had their social security numbers compromised.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in the 1970s, protects student data. The law applies mainly to student records owned by a school. But as textbooks, standardized tests and homework assignments all move online, third party companies that provide these online education services gain access to student data.

That information could include anything from a student’s grades, demographic information or performance on certain activities.