University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 10, October

10 Tips for Surviving a CMS Switch: Make the Switch to a New Content Management System as Seamless as Possible
I'M A WCMSS: A WEB CONTENT Management System Survivor. Are you? In the small world of higher ed web professionals, you have either already implemented a CMS or you will at some point in your career. With so many target audiences, strategic goals, and...
Affirmative Action and Michigan, Part Two
THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IS AT the center of a heated affirmative action debate again, except this time the judges are state residents, not black-robed jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court. On November 7, voters in Michigan will have an opportunity to...
An Open Letter on Transition: An Enrollment Manager Moves on, While Looking Back
RECENTLY I WENT THROUGH a professional transition, leaving a job a staff I loved to assume greater responsibility and new opportunities. While I was enthusiastic to accept a new challenge, I was proud to have been a part of a great admissions team...
Beyond Baldridge: What the First Institution of Higher Education to Receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Has Learned in the Five Years Since
IT WAS A MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD FIRST: AN institution of higher education receiving the honor. In the third year that institutions in both K-12 and higher ed became eligible to apply for the award, the University of Wisconsin-Stout...
Central Michigan U's SAP Adoptions Have Touched All Aspects of Campus Life: A Strong Focus on the Needs of Users Creates a Formula for Successful Software Implementations
What is the history and background of your SAP implementations? We started out in the '97-'98 academic year, with implementations of SAP Financials and SAP HR. We went live with a portion of the Campus Management product in December of 2004. Then in...
Democrats Fight Back on Student Aid Raid
STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING with greater debts than ever before, and many can't afford to go to college at all. That's the bottom line argument by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in discussing the current state of higher education and his plan to end what...
Direct Connect
Consultants, Dealers, Services & Products Use this supplier guide for information on the latest higher education resources. You'll find a wealth of ideas on these Web sites, or use the many toll-free numbers for immediate action. To connect...
Feeling the Fallout
TWO RECENTLY RELEASED SURVEYS ILLUMINATE THE EFFECTS that this country's most prominent disasters of the 21st century have had on IHEs and their students. "September 11: Effects on My Campus Five Years Later," conducted by the National Association...
Higher Commitment to Lower-Income Families: How Institutions Are Managing the Expansion of Financial Aid Availability to Students in Need
MIAMI UNIVERSITY IN Ohio and Michigan State University have recently joined a growing number of higher education institutions that are making efforts to expand the financial aid that's available to low-income students--guaranteeing to cover certain...
Improve Your Campus Safety with NEC's Emergency Campus Notification Solution
TODAY'S CAMPUS COMMUNITIES ARE MORE connected than ever, but at many colleges and universities the task of immediately notifying everyone about an emergency remains a challenge. Now, though, the Emergency Campus Notification Solution (ECN), from...
Lighting the Way: New Services Are Bringing New Vistas to Campus
NEED TO DIRECT NEW STUDENTS TO UNFAMILIAR building campus? Nothing does the trick like a map. Now imagine that map presented in color and blown up to fit on a 42-inch screen. Add to this image descriptive headlines and text and changing inset graphics...
Made in America: IHEs Strive to Ensure Academic Quality as They Expand Globally
IN THEORY, IF YOU WALK INTO A MCDonald's anywhere in the world a Big Mac is the same. But does that theory hold true for degrees from institutions of higher education and, more importantly, should it? American institutions with branch campuses overseas...
NEC's Mobile WLAN Gives New Meaning to Learning without Boundaries
AS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES INCREASINGLY implement wireless Internet access, teaching and learning can occur anywhere on campus. Now, with NEC's Mobile WLAN, the concept of connections without boundaries extends even further--to anywhere in North,...
Ready for VoIP? Here's How to Tell: Voice-Over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, Is One of the Fastest-Growing Technologies Being Deployed at Colleges and Universities
Bruce Grant, NEC's assistant general manager for product management and an expert on VoIP, explains this technology and how to prepare for it. Q: VoIP "101". What is it? A: Voice-over IP is the ability to transmit voice over your data network....
Realigning Higher Education Marketing: Is It Time to Rethink the "4P" Strategy?
INTEGRATED MARKETING guru Don Schultz, author of scores of books on the topic, professor (emeritus-in-service) of integrated marketing communication at Northwestern University (Ill.), and president of the global marketing consultancy Agora, delivered...
Scott Hall of Medical Sciences at Wayne State U
ACADEMIC SPACE DOESN'T EVOLVE naturally into lab space. With that in mind, leaders at Wayne State University in Detroit have renovated the Gordon Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences so that it meets the school's current needs. * FUNCTION: To be...
Shaky Ground in Troubled Times: It's a Perplexing Paradigm-That of Fragile American Colleges and Universities
IT'S THE SUMMER OF 1987, AND the scene is the venerable Tam Bar and Restaurant on Beacon Street in Brookline, Mass. In walk Drs. Martin and Samels for an evening of banter, ideation, and reinvention of higher education. First thing, Martin brings...
Spellings Acts Quickly on 'Future' Report: Hearings Lay the Groundwork for Possible New Rules and More Federal Involvement
WITH THE INK BARELY dry on the signatures of all but one member of a national commission formed to consider the future of U.S. higher education, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is moving quickly and aggressively to consider how to implement...
Tangle over 9/11 and Academic Freedom
GREAT NATIONAL TRAUMAS GIVE RISE TO CONSPIRACY theories, and 9/11 is no exception. Bloggers and authors of other internet postings have posited for some time that the collapse of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center may have been caused by more...
Testing the Virtual Waters
THE CLASSROOM MIGHT BE VISITED by short green aliens or sword-wielding samurai that sometimes float above the action, but no one bats an eye. What sounds like a science fiction nightmare is actually an English Composition class at Ball State University...
United States Falling Behind in Higher Ed
"WE'RE NUMBER ONE" WAS ONCE AN ACCURATE claim among U.S. education leaders. That is clearly no longer the case, according to "Measuring Up 2006: The National Report Card on Higher Education, "released this fall from The National Center for Public Policy...
U of Cincinnati Takes the Lead of Top Businesses in Adopting SAP Solutions: Major Research University Uses SAP for Managing a $1 Billion Budget and 15.000 Faculty and Staff
You recently implemented the SAP Human Resources System, and prior to that you adopted the SAP Financials and Budget System. What was behind these moves? We wanted features that would support a large research university. For instance, we needed the...
U of Nebraska Creates Unified Business Environment with mySAP[TM] Business Suite: Outdated Software Is Replaced with a Consolidated System That Serves the Diverse Needs of Four Campuses
You recently implemented the mySAP Business Suite. What's the historical perspective? This project actually started back in 1996. We had an old-time mainframe, green screen, paper-oriented system. We were faced with some crises there, in terms of upcoming...
Virginia Schools in a Privacy Pickle: A Well-Intentioned State Law Raises Significant Data Privacy Risks for Institutions and Their Students
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, VIRGINIA higher education institutions have been required to electronically transmit to Virginia state police the following on each accepted applicant: name; Social Security "or other identifying number"; date of birth; and gender....
"We Consider Them Part of the RCC Team,": Riverside Community College's Telecommunications Manager Reflects on an 11-Year Partnership with NEC
Kathy Paschke is network specialist for voice at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California. She manages a telecommunications system that serves the college's nine locations. Q: How long has the college been working with NEC, and how did...
Who Is the Client Today? Today's Strategic Admissions Practices Can Wind Up Creating Both Hurdles and Confusion for Prospective Students
WE HAVE A ROUTINE OF beginning the workweek by stopping in for breakfast at our local coffee shop. The proprietor, an enthusiastic, outgoing recent arrival to the United States, has embraced the national sport of baseball as his especial devotion to...
Wiring the Dining Experience: IHEs Fuse Food and Technology to Keep Students Happy and Entice New Ones through Their Doors
THESE DAYS, YOUNG ADULTS ARE INSTANT messaging their friends as fast as they're calling each other on cellphones about something someone just downloaded to a video iPod--all while eating takeout food that was ordered online. They elevate the walking-and-chewing-gum...
Words to Live (and Learn) By
AS THEY DO EACH FALL, COLLEGE PRESIdents welcome new students with words they hope will inspire, words that will impart some shared wisdom or enlightenment about the journey on which they are about to embark. For example, Georgia Nugent, president...

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