University Business

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 6, June

3 Dangerous Student Aid Myths: What Higher Education Leaders Can Do to Debunk Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Unless you live in a cave, you've seen the alarming headlines highlighting "exploding" college costs and "crushing" student loan debt. Because the media is trying to grab readers' attention, these articles often use the most...
4G: Is It Time for an Upgrade? Why Institutions Are Making the Switch to 4G
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Faster than 3G and not range limited like Wi-Fi, 4G is very attractive to campus administrators and technology users alike. "Students, faculty, and staff expect quick communication wherever they go," says David Morton, director...
B-School Outreach Scholarships: Committing to Diversity and Stressing Inclusion with Full Scholarships
A common objective for business schools across the country is development of leadership skills. For this reason, MBA programs utilize team-based assignments, incorporate leader development in the core curriculum, and include a plethora of leadership...
Collaborative Workflow: The New Kid on Campus: Moving beyond Collaborative Software to Implement Tools That Enhance Process and Increase Productivity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are frequently in need of support for special projects, curriculum collaboration, and technology. Helpdesk solutions for IT administrators have been widely adopted among larger institutions...
Deepening the Donor Pool: Opportunities Open Up with the Donor-Advised Funds Giving Trend
Americans are increasingly choosing donor-advised funds (DAFs) as their preferred charitable giving vehicle. They have become the fastest growing vehicle in philanthropy, outnumbering private foundations by more than two-to-one. In 2010 (the most recent...
Dining Hall Dilemma: Changing the Way Campuses Think about Food
Making dietary changes isn't just a good idea for staying healthy--it's a way of going green, too. Colleges and universities are quickly taking notice. By buying local and promoting eating less meat, they're helping students change the way they think...
Financial Literacy to the Rescue: Teaching Students What They Owe before They Owe It: American Student Assistance's SALT Program Helps Indiana Students Manage Their Debt
Jack Gochenaur was hearing scary stories around campus. Some financial aid students didn't know whether they'd received loans or grants to pay for their education. Many had no idea what they'd need to earn to meet their monthly loan payments. [ILLUSTRATION...
Finding a Path to HR Savings
The fact that every campus has a human resources department could lead to inefficiencies within Large university systems. Or at least that's how officials at the University of California saw it. The system is consolidating routine payroll, benefits,...
Higher Education Guide to Audio/visual Solutions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Your Guide to AV success ALTHOUGH BUDGETS ARE TIGHT, AUDIO-VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUE to be a wise investment. Today's AV products enhance classroom teaching, distance learning, and visual presentation, and have been...
Invisible Students, Missing Programs and Policies: Taking Responsibility for the Safety and Academic Success of the LGBT Population
There are more out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) college students today than there have been at any other time in the history of higher education. In decades past, many young LGBT people experienced their coming out processes in college,...
Keeping Tuition within Reach: Moving Past the Traditional University Structure to Help Students
As college acceptance letters began popping up in mailboxes across the country this year, incoming students were left once again with the daunting task of choosing the right school. While cost has always been a consideration, more students than ever...
MIT-Harvard Project Aims to Change the Face of Learning
At the beginning of the 21st century, MIT began a bold, pioneering experiment in bringing higher learning to the masses. Originally intended for students traveling abroad to keep up with their studies, the OpenCourseWare Project enabled anyone to access...
Modernize and Automate Your System for In-Person Payments: University of Illinois Implements Self-Service Cashiering at Department Level with Nelnet
A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally Presented on April 26, 2012 Every college strives to maximize electronic payments, but there will always be a need for departments to take in-person payments via check, cash, credit and debit...
Move Your Campus to the Mobile Age: Universities Deploy AT&T Campus Guide to Create a Smartphone App Integrating Almost All System Data
A University Business Web Seminar Digest Originally Presented on April 11, 2012 With smartphones and mobile devices everywhere on campus, students expect complete mobile access to everything from course assignments and grades to events and sports...
Panel Planting: Solar Farms Sprouting Up on Campuses
With dropping solar prices, state and federal incentives, and innovative financing models, the crop of campus solar installations has become a healthy one. In fact, installed solar capacity grew 450 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the Association for...
Penalties for Pledging: Ivies Cracking the Whip on Unhealthy Greek Behavior
Fraternities and sororities are at the core of numerous institutions' social traditions. But as several universities and their Greek organizations have come under fire for excessive drinking and violent behavior, Ivy League schools have stepped up...
Performance Contract Saves University S 1.5 Million Annually: Schneider Electric Improves Campus Facilities While Guaranteeing Reduced Energy Costs
For many colleges and universities, funding facilities improvements can be a challenge. One leading institution in North Carolina, however, found a way not only to fund renovation projects and cut energy use, but actually to save money in the process....
Plagiarism Still a Major Problem
Plagiarism is a widespread problem, and with anytime, anywhere internet access, it only seems to get worse. As part of a study published last summer by The Pew Research Center and the Chronicle of Higher Education, more than half of 1,055 college presidents...
Q&A with the Authors of the Sustainable University
From their work with college and university presidents, provosts, and trustees, James Martin, a professor of English at Mount Ida College (Mass.) and James E. Samels, president and CEO of The Education Alliance, recognize just how complex sustainability...
Reevaluating Reaction Policies
Ever since the University of California system was criticized for the campus police reaction to student protests in 2011--namely the use of pepper spray at UC Davis and batons at UC Berkeley--the system has been investigating and reevaluating its protest...
Rules for Rebranding: Lessons from Nike and Other Consumer Brands
Most university presidents believe the idea of stealing share from other universities is unsightly, It reeks of business and winning, and it rubs against the collegial grain with other presidents. I know that because the branding and marketing of...
Seizing the Chance to Teach Change: The Newest Challenge to Educating for Civic Responsibility
If young people hope to influence the direction of political and social change, they need to adopt a better strategy. The amorphous protests embodied in the recent Occupy movement and the ambivalent responses by most colleges to them were disappointing....
The Connected Campus: The Cost-Effective Learning Environment: Remote Management of A/V Tech at Texas Woman's University Saved Money, Maximized Staff
A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally Presented on April 17, 2012 This second of the three-part Connected Campus webinars features a case study from Texas Woman's University, which used remote management and monitoring systems to...
The Rise of Analytics-Driven Decisions: Relying on Web Analytics in Decision Making
Have you heard about the analytics revolution in higher education? Ready or not, it's coming to your institution--if it isn't already there. Whether you work in an academic, business, IT, marketing, or web office, the data-driven movement is slowly...
The UB Reader Advisory Panel
We here at University Business are always interested in what you have to say. Your insight and comments on our articles have always been welcomed. Unfortunately, we usually don't get to hear from you until after an issue has come out. Well, we're about...
Unified Security: All Together Now: Increasing Efficiencies and Limiting Liabilities through More Integrated and Comprehensive Security Technologies, Policies, and Procedures
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THEN: The lecture had run late, and on top of that the sophomore biology major had joined a couple of friends for a cup of coffee afterward to kick around the speaker's provocative ideas. It was well after midnight when...
Watching the Dials: Energy Dashboards Promote Responsible Usage
Although taking steps to protect the environment is "the right thing to do," it doesn't stop people from wanting to know their efforts are making a difference. An energy dashboard can be the answer to communicating the results of campus initiatives....
Water Woes: Eliminating Wasteful Habits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Campus water use is high, particularly in residence halls, at a time when The U.S. Drought Monitor (operating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) estimates that as much as 60 percent of the contiguous United States is...