University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 3, March

Back from the Virtual World
I'M BACK FROM A FEW WEEKS IN THE virtual world. To properly research the "Sizing Up Second Life" article in this issue, I signed on, created an avatar and set off exploring. I was immediately struck by the helpfulness and patience of people I encountered....
Cadets on Campus: ROTC Has Gone from a Four-Letter Word during the Vietnam War Era to a Mainstay on Post-9/11 Campuses
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SEVERAL DOZEN NORTHEASTERN UNIVERsity (Mass.) undergraduates have gathered before dawn at the Marino Recreation Center for much more than recreation. They run through their calisthenics and rapid-fire sit-ups and push-ups...
Clinically High Tech: Clinical Simulation Centers Help to Prepare Students for Nursing Careers
THE SHORTAGE OF QUALIfied nurses is an ongoing concern in the health care industry. According to a 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2014. Contributing to the shortfall are...
Educating Parents about College Costs
PARENTS RELY ON COLLEGES FOR INFORMATION on the costs of education--with basic questions needing answers most, according to results of the 2007 Survey of Parents of College-Bound Freshmen, released by Sallie Mae in January 2008. Of the 400 parents...
Five Percent of Very Little Is Even Less: Endowment Spending Decisions and Restrictions Are Popular Topics in the Press
TALK ABOUT NO GOOD deed going unpunished. For the fiscal year ending in June 2007, the average university endowment earned 16.9 percent on its investments, according to the latest Benchmark Study of Educational Endowments by the Commonfund Foundation....
Keeping an Eye on the Network: Campuses Deploy Network Access Control to Protect Users and the Network
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] UNLIKE CORPORATIONS, HIGHER education institutions face unique challenges with IT security. As students arrive each semester with their own computers, many times their security devices are off, their anti-virus software is...
Learning from the Higher One Experience: The University of Louisville Sought a Partner with a Track Record of Providing Electronic Refunds
Having grown up in a world of ATMs, debit cards and online banking, students at the University of Louisville wanted a better way to receive financial aid and other types of refunds. Receiving paper checks through the mail was slow, inconvenient and...
New Federal Rules Encourage Adoption of Electronic Student Refund Systems: The U.S. Department of Education Recently Issued Rules Designed to Encourage Colleges and Universities to Disburse Student Refunds Electronically. Higher One's Casey M. McGuane, Senior Vice President for Client Operations, Provides Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Those New Regulations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What's the backdrop to these new rules? Electronic payments are certainly not new. In fact, colleges and universities have been using electronic systems for payroll and vendor payments and other purposes for years. But...
Overcoming the Student Loan Crunch: How Providing More Financial Aid and Financial Aid Counseling Will Help
THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS made by many student loan companies that they would be tightening lending practices and increasing loan rates and fees highlights the importance of student financial aid counseling and the need for more need-based student aid...
Safe and Sound: The Role of HR in Enhancing Campus Safety
ONE OF THE EARLIEST INCIDENTS of deadly campus violence happened on August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman opened fire from the Texas Tower at The University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 people and injuring 31 others. Since then, there have been more...
Sizing Up Second Life: Higher Ed Learns How to Live in a Virtual World
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] ALL THOSE THINGS YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT Second Life--that corporations spend small fortunes building "islands" that no one ever visits, that the virtual world is overrun by "griefers" whose only purpose seems to be harassing...
The Ins and Outs of Going Global: Advice from a Global Academic Program Administrator
AS YOU'RE READING THIS, I am likely on a plane or trying to stay awake after a 12- or 24-hour journey or a 2 a.m. call with a campus on the other side of the globe. One hallmark of "going global" is lots of travel and lots of jet lag. Another is the...
The Mori Hosseini Center at Daytona Beach College (Fla.)
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY ARE BIG BUSINESS IN Daytona Beach, Fla., and now this city's community college has an eye-catching facility to help prepare students for work in the industry. * FUNCTION: The School of Hospitality and Culinary Management...
Too Many Cooks: How to Manage Financial Aid Programs That Involve Multiple Offices
FINANCIAL AID OFFICERS act as stewards for many different aid sources. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that "donor" requirements are satisfied, whether that donor is the federal government, an individual who has established an endowment...
Union U Sets Its Sights on Recovery
ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR CAMPUS SUSTAINED heavy damage from a February 5 tornado, officials at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., began a strategy for assessment, recovery, and rebuilding. Classes at the Christian liberal arts university...
Who Cares about the Mission? Creating and Leading through a Meaningful Mission Statement
DOES YOUR UNIVERSITY'S mission matter to your faculty, staff, and students? Do they even know what it is? Do they care? In corporate culture, mission statements have frequently been lampooned. In fact, the website of the popular Dilbert comic strip...