University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 7, July-August

A Higher Education: The Sometimes Risky Road to College Admission
Rising high school juniors and seniors are beginning to set their sights on the college admissions process--a long and winding road that typically includes web-based research, counselors, essays, and overnight visits to experience campus cultures....
AMX Technology Drives Improvements in Training Tomorrow's Vets at the University of Florida
The uses for AV technologies in higher ed aren't limited to traditional classrooms. At the University of Florida's new three-story, 100,000 square-foot veterinary teaching hospital, an integrated AV network is woven into the fabric of the building....
An Avoidable Crisis: Reflections on the University of Virginia Situation
Relative calm now reigns at the University of Virginia after Helen Dragas, chairwoman of U.Va.'s Board of Visitors, tried to engineer dismissal of Theresa Sullivan, the university's popular president. Now, Sullivan has retained her job, and Gov. Bob...
A Sound Investment: Making the Right Decisions-And Avoiding Missteps-In Considering Campus Audio and Acoustics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine a learning environment where students can't hear the professor--or the emergency notifications as part of a safety situation. The basic need of clear audio solutions in higher education impacts so much more than meets...
Building an Effective Relationship
LAST MONTH AT UBTECH 2012 IN LAS VEGAS, I HAD the opportunity to speak with a consultant who designed lecture capture installations for colleges and universities. We spoke at length about how consultants work with institutions and how the relationship...
Challenges of Managing Absenteeism in Higher Education
What's the real impact of employee absenteeism on your institution? In a recent study of colleges and universities, 53 percent of respondents said they rely on manual processes like three-part leave slips and handwritten time sheets to track and approve...
Endowed Staff: An Emerging Trend?
Rollins College (Fla.) recently hired a director of community engagement. While the position is not unusual, the funding for it might be. An alumnus gave a $1 million donation to endow the position. Donations from David Lord and his family helped establish...
Flexible Software Platform Helps Hofstra University's Continuing Ed Division Soar: Higher Reach by Jenzabar Streamlines Marketing Efforts, Student Registrations, Financial Processes, and Reports
In the olden days--prior to April 2011--reconciling financial information at Hofstra University's Continuing Education division was labor-intensive and time-consuming. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today, the system is streamlined and general ledger...
Floor Plans: Using Scheduling Technology-And Practical Policy-To Accommodate Higher Enrollments
A hallmark of community colleges is being nimble enough in their class offerings to respond quickly to the changing needs of their students. Additional faculty can be hired to teach the new courses, but classroom space is often a fixed resource that...
Getting Our New Graduates Employed: A Call for Better Job Preparation during the Undergraduate Years
Now that we have all waved our classes of 2012 on their way with pomp and circumstance--and hopefully with sunny graduation days--it's only natural to turn our attention to the classes of '13, '14, and '15. But to read the headlines of the past few...
Grading States: Report Reveals Low Completion Rates at Two-Year Colleges
Here's some seemingly daunting news for community colleges: South Dakota is the only state with a two-year college completion rate over 40 percent. That stat is from a new report released by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate...
Gulati Complex at Chestnut Hill College
Two under-utilized spaces were transformed into highly trafficked, vibrant areas on Chestnut Hill College's campus in Philadelphia. * Problem: Chestnut Hill had what Lauri Strimkovsky, senior vice president for financial affairs and chief of staff,...
How to Improve and Streamline Your Campus Messaging and Notifications
When it comes to notifying your students, faculty, and staff about important campus issues and events, you can't rely on just texting or email. Effective notification platforms also use voice recordings, Facebook and Twitter posts, RSS feeds, and digital...
It's Certifiable: U.S. Needs Certificate Programs
When President Obama set the goal of increasing the percentage of the population that has some postsecondary education, the assumed focus was on two- and four-year degrees. A new report, "Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees,"...
Limited Liability: With a New Focus on Risk Management and Safety Efforts Rather Than Just Compliance, Campus Environmental Health & Safety Offices Are Preventing On-the-Job Injuries and Costly Workers' Compensation Claims
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For years, Kevin Confetti would perform a metaphoric scratching of the head. Thousands of work-related injuries were reported at the University...
Outdoor Colleges: Fueling the Soul of Olympic Competitors
As we prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games across the pond, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains is a quiet Olympic engine fueled by the hopes of tomorrow's great athletes. Nowhere is this Olympic ethos more evident than in Lake Placid, New York,...
Picture Perfect: Managing the Employment Lifecycle with Talent Management Software
Are the processes of recruiting, employee performance appraisals, recognition, and succession planning at your institution in separate pieces like a jigsaw puzzle? Or are they linked, forming one clear picture about your campus's talent resources and...
Predictive Modeling: A Tool, Not the Answer: Benefits and Cautions of Using Historical Data to Predict the Future
If you still watch TV with commercials, you may have seen an ad recently talking about using data to improve your business--the bakery that mined its sales data to discover that people buy more cake on rainy days, for example. Everybody's talking about...
Retiring Minds Want to Know: How Institutions Are Making Voluntary Retirement Programs Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's an increasingly common move by campus officials during challenging economic times: voluntary retirement. Offering these incentives to faculty and staff provides a ready means of reducing personnel costs while not being...
Seton Hall Smartphones
Students and technology go hand in hand, especially when you hand out smartphones at orientation. Seton Hall University (N.J.) did just that with Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones during orientation in June. "It's an exciting time here at Seton Hall," says...
Shaping the Future of Math Curriculum through Adaptive Technology: Student-Centered ALEKS System Helps Drive Improvement in Kent State's Remedial Math Programs
Many institutions across the country are struggling with student preparedness and retention rates within their math departments. A large portion of these schools are looking to redesign their curriculum to address these issues. Research has shown that...
Still Centered: (After All These Years)
A hallmark of community colleges is that they are actually in the communities they serve, close to where their students live and work. But sometimes they aren't in enough places at once. Ten years ago, the presidents of Prince George's Community...
Summer 2012 Honorees
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Striving for New Ideas, Thriving With Them IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT IF YOU COME AWAY FROM A CONFERENCE WITH JUST ONE great idea, then the travel...
Taking Control of the Debate
I RECENTLY READ A STORY ABOUT A family whose son is struggling to pay off nearly $200,000 in medical school debt. The family plans to help pay the debt by auctioning an 84-year-old home run baseball hit by Yankee great Lou Gehrig. The ball belonged...
Touch to Begin: Inspiration for Interaction with Campus Digital Signage Installations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Touch screens are taking over--and people expect to see them. In the years since Apple first popularized the technology with the iPhone in 2007, it has become almost rare to meet someone who doesn't own a touchscreen smartphone...
U.Va.'S Sullivan Reinstated: Process and Decision to Serve as Lessons for Other Institutions
In the two weeks between University of Virginia board members controversially asking Teresa A. Sullivan to resign her position of president on June 10 and her reinstatement on June 26, the university faced donors pulling out and an outpouring of public...