University Business

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Articles from Vol. 9, No. 12, December

101 Smart Revenue Generators (and Money-Saving Ideas)
DIGGING OUT NEW REVENUE STREAMS AND DISCOVERING "Why didn't we think of this before?" ways to save can make all the difference as higher education leaders work to ensure they can keep investing in their core business of educating students. Today's...
10 Tips to a Successful Website Redesign: Web Professionals Who Have "Been There, Done That" Share Some Pointers
YOU MIGHT CALL 2006 THE year of the redesign for institutions of higher education. Duke University (N.C.), Brown University, Ball State University (Ind.), Humboldt State University (Calif.), Virginia Tech, and Centenary College (N.J.) are among the...
A Krispy Kreme of a Retirement Plan: It's Important to Operate a Plan According to Employee Retirement Income Security Act Guidelines. Here's Why
LIFE IS FULL OF LITTLE TREASURES. My senses usually erupt near Krispy Kreme store. As I spot the green-and-white logo, I look expectantly for a lit red-neon "Hot Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Now" sign. It lets me know the doughnuts are being made fresh....
A New Breed of American Energy Colleges and Universities: Efforts to Conserve Energy and Explore Alternative Power Sources Reflect the Greening Megatrend on Campuses Today
FOR ALL OF THE HUMAN suffering and economic pain inflicted by the Middle East wars and the skyrocketing petroleum costs around the world, there is a glimmer of hope on America's energy horizon--that is, America's colleges and universities are increasingly...
Domestic Benefits Ping Pong: IHEs Claim Benefits Packages Keep Them Competitive; Some Disapprove
WHEN TRUSTEES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF Louisville (Ky.) voted in July to make it the state's first public university to extend health-insurance benefits to unmarried domestic partners, including gays and lesbians, they no doubt believed they were doing...
Educause 2006 Highlights: This Year's Conference Focused on the Theme "Spurring Innovation and Marshalling Resources."
THE ANNUAL EDUCAUSE conference is the premier teaching and technology showcase for higher education, and this year's expo, held in Dallas in October, was no exception. Attendees got sneak peaks at new products planned for early '07 rollout and saw...
Engaging Alumni Online: Today's Alumni Want Increasing Control over Content and Delivery of Information. Higher Ed Institutions Are Delivering What They Need-Electronically
IN 2001, ADMINISTRATORS AT PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY BEGAN PONDERING the notion of giving alumni access to their own web portal, just as undergraduates at the New Hampshire institution had since 2000. The idea was for the portal to provide alumni with...
Going the Distance on Engagement
TRADITIONAL-AGE STUDENTS TAKING CLASSES ON campus are hardly the only ones interacting with faculty, having enriching educational experiences, and engaging in reflective learning. In fact, these are three activities in which distance ed students have...
If I Had a Billion Dollars
IN RECENT MONTHS A RASH OF INSTITUTIONS ANNOUNCED capital campaigns with multibillion dollar goals. Which makes one wonder, is there that much money in the world? John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, says...
Message (Not) Received
AT A RECENT HIGHER EDUCATION media dinner, hosted by Arizona State University, several nationally known journalists from the mainstream media joined the education press to engage the assembled group of university presidents and chancellors in a free-wheeling,...
Motherly Advice: One College President's Vision for Guiding Her Son through the College Selection Process
OVER THE YEARS MY SON Sparkey, now 10, has voiced several different career aspirations. At five, becoming a Power Ranger--specifically the red one--was a must do; at six he wanted to become a fireman who lived in a station located near our home so...
New Congress, New Focus: Spellings and Higher Ed Association Leaders List Their Priorities
ALL EYES IN WASHINGTON'S postsecondary community are on the future, which begins in January with the start of the newly elected 110th Congress and the final two years of the Bush administration. With Democrats gaining control of the House and the...
One River, Not Two Streams: A Governance Expert Talks about Improving Relations with Your Board of Trustees
IT'S NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY governing boards suffer from an identity problem. Administrators have increasingly gravitated toward leadership roles, reducing the board's relevance to essentially being a rubber stamp for strategies...
Parking: A Lot to Look At: A Parking Lot or Garage Doesn't Have to Be an Eyesore. on Some Campuses, These Spaces Are Aesthetic Places
AS ANYONE WHO HAS DESPERATELY SCOURED A CAMPUS IN SEARCH OF A spot to park knows, road rage is not an emotion exclusive to highway traffic jams. In her work at colleges, Beth Buffington, a studio principal at LITTLE Diversified Architectural Consulting,...
Questioning College: A Sampling of Questions from the Peterson's Weekly Online Chats Reveals a Diversity of Concerns from the College-Bound
EACH WEEK, WE SIT OUR-selves at our respective desks, either in the office at noon on Wednesdays or at home on Monday evenings, and log in to our accounts at Petersons.com. A few years ago, we worked with Peterson's to create an online educational...
Rankings Rancor: The Beauty Contest' Lacks Integrity
DON'T ASK PRESIDENT PATRICIA MCGUIRE OF TRINITY Washington University (D.C.) about U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Not unless you want to hear charges that it's just a "beauty contest" and an admission that surveys sent to her get...
Technology Spending Survey 2007: Institutions Are Putting Their Money Where Their Network Is
TECHNOLOGY IS SO omnipresent in the modern world that people don't notice it all around them, until something goes wrong. At the same time, there is a constant bombardment of technology information, ranging from product details for a new gadget to...
The Complexities of Simplification: Easing the Burden on Families Applying for Aid Is Easier Suggested Than Done
THERE IS ALMOST UNANIMOUS consent that the process used to determine a student's financial need or expected family contribution (EFC) to pay for higher education is overly complicated. The drawbacks of the current complex system and the potential...
University of California, San Diego's Biomedical Library
* FUNCTION: LIBRARY FOR STUdents and faculty, as well as the San Diego region's biotech and life sciences communities and area physicians * CHALLENGES: University of California, San Diego's original Biomedical Library, constructed in 1969 as a wing...
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