University Business

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Articles from Vol. 7, No. 12, December

Alums: Back on Campus: Baby Boomers Are Flocking to Campus Retirement Communities and, in Turn, Pumping Money Back into the School
Leon Pastalan of the University of Michigan calls the upcoming sweeping demographic shift in America "mass longevity." Pastalan, who is director of the National Center for Housing and living Arrangements for Older Adults, is talking about the tsunami...
Butler University Gets Personal with PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions: 'By Moving Business Processes to the Web, We've Removed Barriers to Serving Our Students.'
Moving student transactions online and establishing an information hub for the campus--all the while increasing its personal touch with students--was the challenge Butler University faced last year when it took on the task of streamlining administrative...
Health Care Needs and America's College Students: Public Health Dilemma or Opportunity? Though Regarded as a Desirable Population by Health Insurers, Your Students May Be Underinsured, and Institutional Clinics Are Lagging. Here's How Some Universities Are Tackling the Problem
With health care insurance inflation in the double digits for the third year across all sectors of the American population, colleges and universities across the United States continue to think about how to best provide insurance for their students....
Higher Ed Goes Mobile, Lightweight: From Handhelds to Tablets to Laptops, Campus Computer Users Are Veering Away from Traditional Desktop PCs. So Why Are They Still Showing Up in the Campus Computer Labs?
Professor Steve Jones admits being concerned that his students were paying more attention to their computers and to each other than to his teaching. He needn't have worried. Jones, professor and head of communication at the University of Illinois,...
IHEs Form Open-Source Consortium: Group Touts Growth, Stability of Scalable .LRN Solution
A multi-university project on open source software for collaborative education has led to the formation of the .LRN ("Dot-Learn") Consortium to promote development of an open source application suite currently used by a quarter million students and...
IT Budgets Are Better: Signs of Recovery in the Annual Campus Computing Survey
Are higher ed IT budgets on the rebound? It seems so. There are glimmers of hope in the 2004 Campus Computing Survey, an annual effort of the Campus Computing Project. Only one-fourth (25 percent) of the 516 colleges and universities participating...
Job Fairs Portend Recovering Economy: Recruiters Flocking to Campus Career Events
The sluggish economy of the last four years may be showing signs of recovery, if campus career fairs are any indication. According to a sampling of colleges and universities nationwide, prospective employers are making more inquiries, attending career...
Shut the Door on Your Way Out
I FOR ONE CAN'T WAIT TO CLOSE OUT THIS YEAR AND MOVE on to '05. War, elections, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, coupled with far too much Janet, Martha, Kobe, The Donald, and way too much of Dan, Peter and Tom reporting election spin and the latest...
Something's Wrong with the Grading: "Shabby Analysis" Detracts from Public Debate of Higher Ed Issues
YOU THOUGHT YOUR CHILD WAS DOING WELL IN SCHOOL. A report card comes home saying that he just received an F. At school you learn that of the 50 students in the class, 36 received Fs and 11 received Ds. Only 3 students received C- or better. Your first...
SOX Education: Though Not Required to Do So, Universities That Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Act Provisions on Internal Controls Will Reap the Rewards
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 brought about sweeping changes for corporate America. In an effort to restore the integrity of the markets, rebuild the faith of investors, and create a new way of doing business, the federal government is asking...
Standardized Testing: Help or Hindrance? What You Need to Know about Changes to College Admissions Testing
Beginning this winter, the two major testing programs utilized in college admissions, the SAT and the ACT, will undergo significant revisions. Families are perplexed by these changes, and how to plan their testing strategy to meet the requirements...
The Payoffs of Parent Outreach: Listservs, E-Mails, and Interactive Web Programs Are Just a Few of the Tools IHEs Are Using to Keep Parents Better Connected to the Campus and to Their Children
Francesca Karpel, a mother of twins, sent her son to Case Western University (Ohio) and her daughter to Trinity University (Texas) last fall. White neither university is a short jaunt from her Belmont, Calif., home, she feels closer to Trinity. Part...
Web Content Management: Controlling the Website When Everybody Wants a Piece of the Action
The webmaster, once seen as a hero and magician, is now in danger of being viewed as a bottleneck. No lone person, or even a central office, can be responsive enough to keep today's complex higher education websites stocked with up-to-the minute information....
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