Academic journal article College and University

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Academic journal article College and University

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In recent years many institutions have struggled with the decision to create an integrated one-stop student services organization. Jim Wager, Pennsylvania State University, describes why Penn State opted to create a virtual organization to improve and unite the delivery of student services.

Latino peer groups have been shown to have a significant influence on the pre-college process. Kristan Venegas, University of Nevada, Reno and William G. Tierney, University of Southern California, use data from a study of Latino urban high school students who have participated in a college preparation program to demonstrate how peers can create a positive learning environment and develop a college-going microculture.

Geoffrey Alderman, American Intercontinental University, London, examines the differences between accreditation in the United States and the United Kingdom including the role of specialized accrediting bodies, federal and state government, and regional and national commissions and considers how the strengths of both systems might used to measure the quality of the student learning experience.

The role of the registrar has been transformed in recent years through the development of enterprise resource systems and data warehouses. Gregory Stewart, University of Cincinnati, and Dianne Wright, Florida Atlantic University-Davie Campus, have reviewed position descriptions for registrar positions in The Chronicle of Higher Education to compile the responsibilities of today's registrar.

Travis Reindl, AASCU, provides two policy articles. The first discusses student access and success, and the second examines the debate about the public good versus the private gain resulting from a college degree. …

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