University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 6, June

Admissions Anguish: How Parents and Students Grapple with the Ever-Taxing College Admissions Process
With most colleges and universities under increasing pressure to meet the bottom line and enroll enough of the right students to fill each year's entering class, and with families more stressed out than ever about finding and paying for the right colleges...
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Campus Team Develops Personal Safety Devices
J. Barry DuVall is on a mission to make the college campus a safer place. As director of the Technology Advancement Center at East Carolina University (N.C.), he and his team are working on several pilot projects that will give students handheld persona[...
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Case Study: The Ohio State University Newark and Central Ohio Technical College Share a Campus-Wide Network and the Advantages of Extreme Networks' High-Performance Infrastructure
The Ohio State University Newark (OSUN) and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) share a three hundred acre campus in Newark, Ohio, as well as a network that supports 400 faculty and staff and over 5,000 students. In 2001, the campus replaced its...
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Colgate Gets the Greeks in Line
Drinking, hazing, fighting--these and other troubles are often synonymous with the word "fraternity." Colgate University (N.Y.), has come up with what some think is an extreme solution to some of the problems the Greek system brings to campus. The...
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Court Report: The Supreme Court Weighs in on Two Important Higher Education Issues
In one case it is considering, and a ruling it recently issued in another one, the U.S. Supreme Court is addressing issues important to higher education that often are Lost in the glare of more politically charged pronouncements from Capitol Hill and...
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Groups at Odds over Unpaid Student Loans
Seven billion dollars isn't chump change. That's how much the U.S. Department of Education claims it is owed on defaulted student loans--loans never paid back because of a variety of circumstances. But consumer advocates and lawmakers are at odds...
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Higher Education at Risk: A New Documentary and Companion Book Examine the State of Post-Secondary Education in America
In 1983, "A Nation At Risk," the landmark study from the National Commission on Excellence in Education, encouraged a scrutiny of K-12 education, the effects of which, for better or worse, are still being felt today. But some say the focus on K-12...
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How to Build Support for Brand Marketing: First, Get the Right People on the Bus
Sooner or later on most brand marketing projects I am asked this question: How do we build support for the brand marketing process? Before I answer that, I first want to make an important clarification. The goal in the brand creation process, just...
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Monterey Bay Welcomes High-Speed Network
There's a new high-speed network in Monterey Bay, Calif., and it is open to the entire community. With much pride and fanfare, California State Monterey Bay launched a high-speed network this spring that will not only help its students and faculty,...
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Montgomery College Picks Technology Partner for New Construction: Montgomery College and Dell Team Up for State-of-Art Health Sciences Center
When Montgomery College (Montgomery County, MD) decided to build a new Health Sciences Center, the goal was to make it a world-class facility and interactive learning environment for students. Since it was a new 98,000 square foot facility construction...
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Only Data Can Lead the Way: Under the Enrollment Management Umbrella, Data Is the Glue That Holds the Process Together
Enrollment management is a process, one that brings together often disparate functions having to do with recruiting, funding, tracking, retaining, and replacing students as they move toward, within, and away from our institutions. Just as staff must...
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Perfecting the Payment Process: Many IHEs Are Adopting E-Billing and E-Payment Solutions to Cut Costs and Offer Students More Payment Options
Working in a bursar's office in early September can be like working for the IRS in mid-April. During this chaotic time, bursars are not only collecting and disbursing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they're also responding to myriad customer...
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Schools Get Virtual
New flexible collaboration tools can enable a better student-instructor distance learning experience. Capitol College was in the distance learning business long before it became an ubiquitous phrase. Founded in 1927 as a correspondence college,...
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Spending Other People's Money: Public University Administrators and Their Budgets
In 1991, Norman Jewison's film Other's People's Money, based on Jerry Sterner's off-Broadway hit, dramatized the leveraged buyout craze of the 1980s in the person of one Larry the Liquidator. Played by Danny DeVito, Larry was a cynical fast-talking,...
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Survey: Computer Science Interest at 30-Year Low
Student interest in studying computer science is at its lowest point in 30 years, according to survey results from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California Los Angeles. This year, HERI's annual freshman survey...
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The Changing Face of IT Executives: Managing Information Technology Departments Increasingly Requires Business and Political Skills. Major Concerns Include Security, Staff Training, and Keeping Up with Ever-Evolving User Needs
The information technology (IT) leader on campus is more likely to spend his or her time preparing business plans than checking server configurations. As high technology has embedded itself into the day-to-day teaching, learning, researching, and administrative...
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The Lingering Question of Race: How Have Race-Conscious Aid Policies Changed since the Court's U of Michigan Ruling?
In split decisions on two landmark cases, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2003 ruled that the University of Michigan could continue to consider race--among many other factors--when determining undergraduate and graduate admissions. While the rulings...
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The Perils of Price Competition: Discounting the Price of College to Influence Student Enrollment Is a Risky Business
LET'S FACE IT--COLLEGES DO NOT AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO incoming students as a reward for superior academic performance or leadership accomplishments. They award so-called "merit aid" as an incentive to lower net price in order to influence a student's...
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What Keeps You Up at Night?
BEFORE I READ THE "2005 EDUCAUSE CURRENT IT ISSUES SURVEY" that annually ranks hot issues for higher education CIOs, I took a stab at guessing what three issues are top-of-mind for IT folks. Well, I nailed two out of three. Funding IT was the winner,...
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Wireless Spreads Out: IHEs Find New Ways to Tie Mobile Technology to Teaching and Administrative Services
Isla Vista, a college community for the University of California, Santa Barbara now has free Wi-Fi access in the downtown area. Like many college towns, its residents have come to expect ubiquitous internet access. The new network is Firetide's Instant...
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