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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 6, June

Administrators Are Human Beings, Too: A President Offers Some Advice on Acting during a Tragedy While Keeping Things in Perspective
AS A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT who happens to be a clinical social worker and has worked on college campuses for the past 25 years, I would like to share some thoughts with fellow presidents and campus administrators in light of the Virginia Tech tragedy....
A Second Life for Higher Education? Virtual Worlds May Wind Up Breathing New Life into Teaching, Learning, and Creative Expression
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT Second Life (SL)? Even if you don't have the time to deal with the demands of your (first) life, chances are you've already come across the fantastic buzz built around this 3-D online virtual world. Launched in 2003 by Linden Lab,...
Assessing Assessment: With Increased Accountability on Higher Ed Leaders' Agenda for Years, Learning Outcomes Should Be Demonstrated with Institutional Autonomy Intact
MOST AMERICANS REportedly believe that colleges and universities do a good job of educating students, but that hasn't prevented a debate from intensifying about the best ways to demonstrate students' "learning outcomes." Secretary of Education Margaret...
Document Management across Campus: Leading the Way to a Paperless Office
"I hate paper," says Erin DiMarco, registrar at Wilmington College (Del.). When the school experienced a dramatic enrollment growth in just a few short years, it quickly ran out of storage space for all the forms and records that accompany each student....
Doing Good and Doing Well: Social Work School Deans Share What It Means to Be Educating the Next Generation of Social Activists
BACK IN THE ICONOCLASTIC '60s, a time when baby boomers were coming of age, schools of social work attracted starry-eyed social activists looking to hook their star to a worthy cause. Fast forward to the new millennium and sure enough, history has...
Global Health Research Building at Duke University Medical Center
WIDESPREAD HEALTH CONCERNS CALL FOR COLLABORATIVE research lab buildings like this one at Duke. * FUNCTION: First of 13 National Institutes of Health-funded Regional Biocontainment Laboratories, available to NIH-funded researchers from Duke and...
Green-Minded Students Gain Recognition for Their Schools
As anyone who works on a college or university campus has no doubt seen firsthand, college students often meet and exceed the challenge when called upon to envision innovative solutions to the world's problems. Sustainability issues are no exception....
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
UNIVERSITY BUSINESS HAS ENJOYED AN active and opinionated readership for many years. The articles in each issue are written with your help and through your perspective. We highlight some of your voices each month through forums such as our "Viewpoint"...
It's Not Easy Eating Green: The Sustainability Movement Reaches the Kitchen on College and University Campuses
HAVING TO EAT YOUR VEGETABLES takes on a whole new meaning when you start thinking about the process involved in getting them to your plate. Whether the produce is local or imported, the conditions the farm workers labored under and whether or not...
I Wanna Be Rich: As Software Applications Get More User-Friendly and Bandwidth Gets More Robust, Institutions Expand Their Rich Media Efforts beyond Online Courses
FOR MOST OF ITS 2006 SEAson, the football team at Ohio Wesleyan University attracted a record number of spectators--not just its loyal fans but also thousands of enthusiasts for every visiting team, going well beyond the capacity of its stadium. ...
Questions about Campus Security: Debates on Whether to Arm Campus Police, Purchase New Technology
CAMPUS SECURITY HAS COME under unprecedented scrutiny since the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in mid-April. People want answers about what went wrong and they want assurances that education officials and lawmakers are taking steps to ensure that...
Steering toward Sustainability: The People Behind IHE Sustainability Initiatives Work within Diverse Organizational Structures. Equally Diverse Are the Talents They Bring to the Job
ON CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, sustainability initiatives are tearing down walls. That may seem counter to what you'd expect from initiatives that champion sustainability. But those tumbling walls aren't the bricks and mortar of old campus landmarks....
Student Loan Scandal Claims Three in Rapid Succession
THE STILL-UNFOLDING STUDENT loan scandal claimed its first victims in a hectic couple of weeks in May, with two executive firings and a resignation in quick succession. University of Texas financial aid director Lawrence Burr was fired in mid-May,...
Sustainability: An Organizing Principle for Colleges and Universities: An Open-Letter Call to Action from Arizona State University's President
WE ARE APPROACHING WHAT I would term a critical inflection point in the evolution of global society. Such inflection points occur when new advances in our understanding converge in some meaningful way with our existing social, cultural, economic, and...
The New Face of ERP: Enterprise Applications Come out of the Back Office to Manage Everything from Business Operations to Student Lifecycle Relations
WHEN IT COMES TO ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. Just ask John Southard, chief technology officer for New York Law School. Southard's team manages a "quasi best-of-breed" mix of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and constituent...
The President's Residence: Despite Long-Held Tradition at Some Institutions, the Official Presidential Home Is Not Considered the One-Building-Fits-All Facility That It Used to Be
IT'S A PERK THAT TENDS TO BE MORE DREADED THAN WELcomed by institutional leaders. The official president's house could be the grandest property on campus, but actually residing there requires a balancing act between public and private lives that many...
The Right to Privacy versus the Right to Know
WHEN DOES A STUDENT'S RIGHT TO PRIVACY outweigh the right for the parents to be informed, particularly with mental health issues? With the Virginia Tech tragedy and court cases involving parents versus IHEs, the meaning behind the Federal Educational...
Toward a Diversity-Competent Institution: An Ohio Administrator and Professor Offers a 14-Point Framework for Institutional Change
LAST YEAR, ANNE ARUNDEL Community College (Md.) invited me to give a keynote address on the topic of diversity-competent institutions at its annual staff/faculty conference. The topic itself was thought-provoking, because it assumes there can be a...
Unexpected Issues: Student Loans and Campus Security Draw Scrutiny from Lawmakers and Regulators
FROM HINTS OF SCANDAL IN the private student loan industry to campus security in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, lawmakers and regulators are grappling with higher ed issues that have emerged unexpectedly, and tragically, since the start of...
Wading through the Viewbooks: Graduating Seniors Have Weighed Their College Options Carefully and Selected a School. How Have Institutional Efforts Influenced That Process?
A SOON-TO-BE HIGH school senior recently entered our office with a large shopping bag from a popular clothing outlet. She wasn't bringing a special present, but rather hauling around a mass of unsolicited college paraphernalia. "Can you help me sort...
Walking the Talk: Community Colleges Are Spreading the Sustainability Message and Putting Smart Practices to Use
IN 2005--WHEN AL GORE was still most well known as the candidate who lost to George W. Bush and the tipping point for national awareness on sustainability hadn't yet passed--staff at Miami Dade College's Earth Ethics Institute decided to hold a conference...
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