University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 6, June

2008 Annual Directory of Higher Education Consultants
ACCOUNTABILITY Datatel, Inc. 4375 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, VA 22033 1.800.328.2835 www.datatel.com SunGard Higher Education Solutions 4 Country View Road Malvern PA 19355 Yardley Research Group Inc. P.O. Box 414 Yardley,...
A Campus Theater's Act II: Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center at Southwestern University (Texas)
Bringing new life to a 1950s-era theater involves addressing everything from stage size and lighting and sound to temperature control and audience comfort. * FUNCTION: Art, music, and theater facility--with studio, classroom, and performance space--for...
Access to Student Loans Protected: Congress and the White House Act in the Wake of the Credit Crunch
INSTABILITY IN THE FINANCIAL markets that has rocked the national economy in recent months will have no impact on federal student loans if action by Congress and words from the Bush administration this spring are any indication. In April, the House...
Are Loyalty Oaths Really Necessary?
WENDY GONAVER LOST HER TEACHING job at California State University, Fullerton in May because she refused to sign a state-mandated loyalty oath for all state employees. Gonaver, a practicing Quaker and pacifist, believes the oath is an infringement...
California Students Take the Lead in Protesting Funding Cuts
HIGHER ED OFFICIALS IN California aren't the only ones worried about how Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed $1 billion cut will impact the state's three-tiered college system educationally and financially. Students have big concerns as well--and...
Catching Rays
HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS ARE CATCHING SOME RAYS--AND savings--by turning to the sun as an alternate power source. Two common applications involve photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity, and solar heating, often used for preheating...
College Search Gone Bad: Top 10 Search Marketing Mistakes Made by Colleges and Universities
JUST HOW POPULAR IS ONLINE search? More than 113 billion core searches were conducted in the U.S. in 2007, according to comScore, which maintains databases that provide real-time measurement of the internet's use. That's about 310 million searches...
Getting Serious about Service: For Many Schools, an Increased Commitment to Community Service Fits the Student Body, Curriculum, and Neighborhood
THE SMALL AND UNDISTINGUISHED GATEWAY Plaza--with its hair salon, costume jewelry shop, Big Time Wholesale Store, and local branch of DeKalb Technical College--is just miles away from the stately grey and beige stone buildings and grassy quadrangles...
Higher One Gives Webster University the Benefits of Electronic Refunds without the Worries of Storing Banking Data
Vickie Fredrick is associate vice president for finance at Webster University in St. Louis. The university was looking to distribute refunds electronically but did not want to obtain and store student banking information itself, so it turned to Higher...
History in the Making: Historic Buildings Offer Lessons from the Past and Context for the Future, but Bringing Them Up to Speed Requires More Than Textbook Construction Strategies
THE RENOVATION OF THE MAIN BUILDING AT WOFFORD College in Spartanburg, S.C., was part construction project, part archeological adventure. "Old Main" dated back to the mid-1850s and had housed classes for every single Wofford student from then to the...
Keeping Costs Down: Strategies That Could Work
WITH 60 PERCENT OF COLLEGE finance officers reporting that they spent more time in the past year compared to the previous one thinking about affordability and accessibility, and the vast majority expecting tuition rate increases to continue outpacing...
Leading to a Greater LEED: Campus Buildings Pushed to the Next Level
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACHIEVING LEED CERTIFICATION FROM the U.S. Green Building Council is certainly an accomplishment worth celebrating. Demonstrating sustainability in facility design shines a positive light on the institution, too. Attaining...
Magazines: Gone Digital, Going Paperless? Making Decisions in the Transition from Print to Digital for Campus Publications
IN 1980, THE MEDIA BARON Rupert Murdoch made the bold prediction that all news--and advertising-would someday be delivered digitally and that there would really be no need for paper or ink. Almost 30 years later, newspapers and magazines are indeed...
Making Cents of Energy Tracking
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR campus energy hogs are? Identifying these buildings is "an incredibly valuable kind of exercise," says Jerry Jackson, an internationally recognized energy economist and author of Energy Budgets at Risk (Wiley Finance, 2008)....
Ode to the Modern Mariner: Sailing the Seven Seas of U.S. Maritime Education
EVER SINCE REVOLUTIONARY times, Americas schoolchildren have learned about the central role the merchant marine has played in the nation's defense, transportation, and commerce. Whether in times of war or peace, the U.S. merchant marine has secured...
One Card Yields Many Benefits at Sam Houston State: University Makes Life Easier for Students with Higher One Bearkat OneCard
For students at Sam Houston State University, a slim wallet-size card is the key to getting financial aid refunds, a paycheck from a campus job, access to the dorm, a good book, a good meal and more. The Bearkat OneCard from Higher One is truly...
The Road to Excellence Passes through Assessment: What Business and the Health Care Industry Can Teach Higher Education about Assessment
TO MANY, THE TITLE University Business is an oxymoron. The world of the university and the world of business are often perceived to be two very different cultures. Today's business leaders talk about "Six Sigma," "Black Belts," best practices, and...
The Windfall Gift: What Large Gifts Mean for Endowment Managers and Other Campus Leaders
IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR, SO we're hearing a lot about income and wealth inequality in the United States. The rich seem to be getting richer, in part because a few sectors of the economy are creating incredible wealth for those who participate in them....
Timely Warning: A CIO's Perspective on the Value of a Well Planned and Coordinated Emergency Response System
ON FEBRUARY 20, A MEMO threatening violence and referencing Virginia Tech was found taped to a hallway wall at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., spurring a five-hour campus lockdown. Emergency communication plans were activated effectively...
Water Wise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DISCUSSIONS OF "GOING GREEN" USUALLY FOCUS on conserving energy and gas, but conserving water is just as important. The recent drought in the Southeast has drawn attention to water conservation, but many institutions started...
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