University Business

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Articles from Vol. 8, No. 4, April

A Web of Fraud: Viruses and Worms Were Just the Start. Make Way for Phishing, Spoofing, and Spyware
Many in the IT community have wondered why the internet's bad actors have poured their efforts into penetrating computers and networks but generally refrained from inflicting the worst kinds of damage on those systems. Data erasures are not very common,...
Back to the Drawing Board: Congress Tries to Tackle Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act ... Again
Beware: reauthorization approaches. Institutions have heard this repeatedly for the past couple of years, but major systemic changes have yet to take place in higher education. What exactly is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act? When will...
Bush Education Budget Is 'Mixed Blessing': Higher Ed Should Expect More Bad News Than Good as Congress Tackles Spending
As expected, funding issues occupy center stage for the higher education community following release of President George W. Bush's proposed budget for fiscal 2006. The presidents of the six major post-secondary advocacy organizations in the capital,...
Des Moines Area Community College Leverages HP to Create Multi-Campus Educational Portal
An educational portal at Des Moines Area Community College built with Microsoft SharePoint[TM] software and running on HP servers and storage systems, may ultimately transform the entire educational experience there. "It's all about making education...
Drexel Catches iPod Fever: Drexel University Will Distribute iPods to Select Freshmen Next Fall
Following the footsteps of Duke University's (N.C.) and Georgia College and State University's experimental iPod projects, Drexel University (Pa.) will also begin distributing Apple's trendy music device. But unlike Duke who distributed it to its freshman...
Google Gets Exclusive: Some IHEs Can't Get Listed in Google's University Search
Google must be really busy. According to a number of IHE administrators, despite many attempts to list their schools on Google's free University Search, they have yet to see their schools' names on the list. The list features names of IHEs with...
Grove City College and HP Partner on Student and Faculty Laptop Program: Strategic Plan-Leveraging Leading-Edge Technology-Transforms Campus with Accessible IT Environment
Implementation of a laptop program was the beginning of the simplification and standardization of IT at Grove City College (PA), a common enough move these days as anywhere, anytime computing becomes the campus norm. What makes this program strikingly...
High-Tech Classrooms: IHE's Continue to Invest in AV/IT and Networking Technology for a Myriad of Reasons
Randal Lemke, executive director of the Fairfax, Virginia-based International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) defines smart classrooms as simply bringing audio-visual, telecommunications and information technology tools together. The...
Interview: Squeezing More Learning out of Every Day: Mobility Solutions Takes Anywhere, Anytime Computing to New Places
Integrating mobile technology on a college campus presents an ongoing challenge. At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which prides itself on providing cream-of-the-crop students with excellence in teaching, the challenge is doubly difficult: The...
Movie-Made Admissions: A Flash Movie Boosts Hits to Kettering's Website
College websites have to stay coot--or is that "kewl"?--to appear to a web-savvy demographic. Kettering University (Mich.) is capitalizing on the Flash movie craze with its short titled "School Daze." In its brief three minutes the animated movie tells...
Need More Money for Branding? Maybe Your Recruitment Dollars Aren't Working Hard Enough
With cuts in support for higher education and fierce competition for limited university funding, we often hear that education marketers don't have the money for branding. But if your recruitment efforts are based on a clearly defined brand promise,...
Piracy Charge Results in Conviction: But IHEs May Be in the Clear
Threats of retaliation from the film and music industry for illegal file sharing took on a new gravity last month with the conviction of an 18-year-old University of Arizona student. This time, the charge was not about setting up a network or distributing...
Principles of Purchasing: Smart Buying Strategies Improve Internal Efficiencies and Save Money
In this era of cost cutting and budget slashing, one area where colleges and universities can realize true savings is in purchasing. Well-managed purchasing strategies can recover considerable sums of money by curtailing off-contract spending and enhancing...
Rose-Hulman Students Equipped for Mobility and Success with HP Notebooks
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., is recognized nationwide as one of the best undergraduate colleges for students to study science, engineering and math. For six years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rose-Hulman...
Scholarships Assist the GLBT Community: GLBT Students Are Taking Advantage of the Point Foundation's Scholarships
For many students who are not heterosexual, funding their education can be a rocky road. One student said his parents refused to pay for his college education at Boston University (Mass.) when they first discovered he was gay. That's where The Point...
Signing on to ESIGN: Electronic Signatures Bring New Convenience to Admissions and Financial Aid Transactions
Nearly four years have passed since enactment of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act) opened the door for higher education institutions to use electronic records and electronic signatures (e-sign) in place of traditional...
Stressed Out: A New Study Explains Why Female Professors Have Added Stress
When female professors complain about stress, they're not just whining, says Jennifer Hart, professor at the University of Missouri who conducted a study that was submitted to Stress, Trauma and Crisis: An International Journal. The study is part of...
SUNY at Buffalo Center of Excellence Blazes New Trails in Scientific Research with High Performance Computing Clusters and Extreme Networks
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics (BCEB) merges high-end technology, including super-computing and visualization, with expertise in genomics, proteomics, and bioimaging, to enable major contributions...
Testing, Testing: IHEs Are Trying to Ensure the Success of Students by Testing Their Abilities Using the Latest Online Assessment Software
In order to produce learned, well-spoken alumni, IHEs nowadays need to assess the skills and abilities of students when they first walk onto campus. "No college wants to churn out people who don't know their subject," one software company president...
The Classroom of the Future
I struggled a bit to come up with a headline for this month's cover story because when it comes to discussing gizmos and gadgets, there isn't just a word or two words that accurately describes all the various classroom techie stuff. Some will use...
The Emergence of Web Services: Web Services Technology Is Helping IHEs Use Data and Services More Easily, Quickly, and Cheaply
Web services technology is like special effects in motion pictures: the more effective it is, the less you notice it. In your office or in your class, web services is an enabling layer of technology that finds and accesses information. That's pretty...
The Importance of Good Communication: To Attract New Students, It's Not Just What You Say, but How You Say It That Counts
It is mid-December. We are sitting in our office with a student and his parents struggling to assess the meaning of a deferral letter from his first-choice college. The family is quite put out. "Just listen to the tone of this letter," they say....
The Space Challenge: IHEs Are Building Facilities and Outdoor Spaces That Are Designed to Encourage Collaborative Learning, Social Interaction, and Student Well Being
The Hilltop bakery at Mallinckrodt Center Washington University in St. Louis' (Mo.) student union, was once the social hub on campus. Students would flock to the meager 30-seat hot spot, famous for its smoothies and coffee shop vibe, before, between,...
Where's America's Most Beautiful Campus? in Staten Island, of Course
"Beautiful" and "Staten Island" are not words that often go together in the same sentence. Imagine the surprise, when University Business spent a picture-perfect day on the grounds of Wagner College (N.Y.), voted by students as The Princeton Review's...
Why Aren't Colleges and Universities Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow? Too Few Jobs, Yet Too Few Workers: Engineering Colleges Are Overlooking an Opportunity
MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS AND OUTSOURCING of manufacturing operations overseas have reportedly cost 2.7 million American workers their jobs in the last four years. Yet, many manufacturing jobs lie unfilled for months as companies seek workers...
Yale Announces Financial Aid Changes: Plan Will Make Ivy League School More Accessible
It was a scene reminiscent of another era. More than 150 Yale University (Conn.) students marched outside the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in late February while inside 15 students locked themselves inside an office for an eight-hour sit-in protesting...
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