University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 9, September

Administrators Indicted after Student Death
AFTER THE DEATH OF FRESHMAN Gary DeVercelly from a night of excessive drinking in March 2007, Rider University (N.J.) began taking steps to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. Six months after DeVercelly's death, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph...
Don't Get Distracted: Top Audit Issues in Financial Aid
GIVEN THE RECENT STUDENT loan controversy in financial aid, many campuses have been focused on reviewing preferred-lender list criteria (including a formal RFP process at some institutions), meeting with campus leadership to discuss office policy,...
Eliminating Conflicts of Interest in the Financial Aid Office: NASFAA's New Code of Conduct Is the Bible for Financial Aid Professionals
THE QUESTIONABLE ACTIONS of a few financial aid directors and a lack of clear guidance on private student loans sparked a political and media firestorm that associate all financial aid professionals with the questionable practices of less than 0.1...
Eliminating Student Loans for Low-Income Families: Amherst Joins Other Colleges and Universities in Striving for Economic Diversity
THIS SUMMER AMHERST COLLEGE (MASS.) BECAME the latest higher ed institution to eliminate student loans to low-income students. The new program substitutes scholarships for loans, ensuring that these students from families with annual incomes of $40,000...
Going VoIP: IHEs Are at Different Points When It Comes to VoIP, but Many See the Same Benefits, and Face the Same Challenges
AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES DRIVE MORE educational opportunities and administration efficiencies, VoIP is high on the list of strategies that have sparked more than interest in the past few years. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many IHEs have ventured down...
Hell, No, We Won't Close
ANTIOCH COLLEGE, BASED IN OHIO, HAS ALWAYS HAD A reputation for being a little out there. This is the IHE that doesn't grade classes and encourages students to design their own study plans. In 1993, the national press had a field day with its "Sexual...
Letterman Lands a Building at Ball State
PERHAPS BALL STATE UNIVERSITY'S (IND.) TRUSTEES took notice when David Letterman claimed his alma mater named a building after him during a broadcast, showing a photo of the so-called "Dave Letterman Stadium" (it was Scheumann Stadium). The board...
Making an Impact: From Promoting Goodwill to Helping Win Grants, Economic Impact Studies Do More Than Just Report the Bottom Line
WHEN OFFICIALS AT HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY of Science and Technology (Pa.) commissioned an economic impact study in 2001, they admit that at the time there wasn't much impact to report. [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Harrisburg was starting from scratch,...
Making the Switch: Community Colleges Are Benefiting from Leaders with a Four-Year Background
THE LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION in the Community College hasn't heard much about it. The American Association of Community Colleges says it's not a trend. The American Council on Education knows of one person who did it 10 years ago. It doesn't happen often,...
Native American Coalition Questions UC Berkeley Museum
THE PHOEBE A. HEARST MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, at the University of California, Berkeley, has a tong-standing relationship with Native American tribes, particularly with California Indian groups. Possessing the second largest number of human remains...
Readers Respond
A NUMBER OF READERS COMMENTED ON last months editorial about a Nevada proposal to arm faculty in the hopes of avoiding campus shootings. Leonard Pellman of Indiana Wesleyan University--who stressed that his views are his and not his employer's--had...
Smart Hiring: Facing Future Talent Shortages, Higher Ed Institutions Implement Strategic Staffing Plans
LAST YEAR, THE UNIVERSITY of Texas at Austin formed a workforce planning unit to examine staffing issues at the school. The team's sole responsibility is to understand more about its workforce, both now and in the future. Topics like talent gaps, employee...
Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium at Bowdoin College (Maine)
THE CURTIS POOL BUILDING AT Bowdoin College is making waves again, but now from musical vibrations. A renovation project has replaced the indoor swimming pool with the Studzinski Recital Hall, a state-of-the-art performing space and practice facility....
Summer Conference Report: July Is Conference Month for Higher Education Professionals. Here Are Highlights from Two of Them
PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND BAGS OF FREEBIES from vendors usually mark the summer "conference season." This year, however, with increased public and government scrutiny, and the hint of scandal, things were a bit more subdued. The National Association...
Tech Management for Nontech Managers: A Broader Understanding of the Function of Technology Is Necessary for Leaders and Nontechnical Managers
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN a comprehensive understanding of computers and technology was limited to those who chose to launch a career in IT. But as software has become a more complex and an integral part of our daily lives, it is clear a thorough knowledge...
The Right Stuff: As Community Colleges Face a Vast Number of Retirements, These Institutions Are Searching for Leaders Who Can Guide Them through a New Era of Visibility and Accountability
AT EASE IN THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT? CHECK. ADEPT AT RAISING funds? Got it. Comfortable with politics? Uh-huh. Able to build relationships with trustees? Yep. Sure, presidents and high-level administrators at four-year colleges and universities have...
Training Your Staff to Protect SIS Data: No Matter How Robust Your Firewall, Trained Faculty and Staff Are Your First Line of Defense against System Breaches
MORE THAN 180,000 STUDENTS AND alumni at Western Illinois University were at risk of identity theft when their personal information--Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, and other sensitive data--was revealed after hackers tapped into the...
Una Fuerza to Reckon With: For the Past 15 Years, Hispanic-Serving Institutions around the Country Have Been Facing the Challenges, and Fulfilling the Educational Promise, of the Growing Numbers of Latino Students
LAST JANUARY KRISTA RODIN ARRIVED AS THE officer at Northern Arizona University Yuma with a major problem to solve. "Nothing was in place to serve Hispanic students," she says, even though they comprised 57 percent of the student body. "We needed to...
Walk the Line: The Town-Gown Advantage
WE ALL LIVE NEAR AN invisible line. One that parties on either side are reluctant to cross unless invited. A line that promotes stereotypes and perpetuates skepticism. It's the imaginary boundary between a college or university and the community...
What's a Kuali? A Cute Name Belies the Mission of This Open Source Financial Management Software for Higher Education, Which Soon Enters Its Next Incarnation
"JUST THREE YEARS AGO A group of higher education's IT people and financial managers teamed up to take on a new project. Their mission: To develop open source financial management software that could keep a general ledger, run payroll, or perform any...