University Business

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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 1, January

Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University (Conn.): Creating a Dedicated Space for Meditation and Worship
WITH JUST A TINY CHAPEL LOCATED within its student center and main academic building, it was time for a standalone chapel at Sacred Heart. * FUNCTION: A large chapel seating 500 and a small chapel seating 50, as well as external gardens and meditation...
Charitabte Gift Annuities: Time for a Closer Look: Reinsurance Arrangements and How They Can Make Planned-Giving Programs Work
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS HAS dominated the headlines since September 2008 and taken its toll on individuals and institutions alike. Few have been immune to the effects of a volatile stock market, low interest rates, rising unemployment, tight credit markets,...
Decision-Making in the Age of Connectedness: A President's Perspective on the Threat of Modern Communication Tools
IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, most of us have read any number of time management articles that focus on how easy it is to become a slave to e-mail. Most of these discuss the discipline required by executives, including university administrators, to keep...
Division Changes for Cost Savings?
CAMPUS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS are not immune to budget constraints. For some institutions, switching to a lower athletic division is the cost-savings answer. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December, the University of New Orleans Board of Supervisors...
Donor 3.0: Connecting with the Prospects of Today, and Tomorrow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN IT BECOMES HARDER to raise funds and the notion of success is coming up with just 90 percent of last year's revenues, fundraisers must get smarter-by better understanding their donors and the different tools and approaches...
Endowments 2010: Risk Management, Liquidity, Stewardship: As Institutions Continue to Recover Endowment Losses, Moving Forward Requires Caution
YEAR-END STATEMENTS FOR pensions, 403(b) accounts, and mutual funds aren't as frightening to open as they were this time last year. University endowment managers usually wait until their fiscal year ends in June before they really look at their statements,...
Financial Aid Strategies in Tough Economic Times: 10 Critical Do's and Don'ts
IN A RECENT MOODY'S SURVEY, almost 30 percent of private colleges projected declines in net tuition revenues for the current fiscal year. This is likely not because enrollments declined, but because more financial aid was spent in achieving enrollment...
Getting a Take on Twitter Usage
BOTH HARVARD AND STANFORD HAVE HEAVY followings on Twitter, but their popularity doesn't guarantee their owners will follow accounts in return or have much to tweet about. Leading U.S. institutions tend to use the microblogging platform more for posting...
Getting Physical: Fit to Graduate?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AFTER MEDIA SCRUTINY, STUDENT COMPLAINTS, and a faculty vote to scrap it, Lincoln University (Pa.) officials are taking a new direction with "Fitness for life." The one-credit course coincided with a policy for incoming classes...
Honoring Higher Ed Business Savvy
WE'RE STARTING THE NEW YEAR BY announcing a new recognition program here at University Business, a program that honors those administrative departments that have found a way- to work smarter and better. We call it Models of Efficiency, and it gets...
Program Diagnostics: Four Approaches to Evaluating Employee Programs and Benefits
MOST HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS offer a wide variety of employee programs and benefits: health fairs, faculty and staff recognitions, tuition waivers, and more. But are the programs at your institution reflective of current employee needs? And how can...
Reporting for Duty: Getting Administrators from across Campus Up to Speed on Generating and Using Financial Reports Begins with the Right Tools and Some Basic Training
WHEN LYNNE SCHAEFER STARTED HER POSITION as vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2005, the institution's financial reporting tool left much to be desired. Developed internally to pull data...
Sexual Assault Report Indicates Need for Change
A STAGGERING 95 PERCENT OF sexual assault cases on college campuses go unreported, according to findings of a nine-month investigation by The Center for Public Integrity. Confidential mediation, which is the usual course of action taken by university...
Soul Schools in the Windy City: 21st Century Change Agents
CHICAGOANS ARE DISAPPOINTED THAT THE Windy City was voted out for the 2016 Summer Olympics. That said, Chicago higher education can take pride in its remarkable commitment to social justice, and as the home of a community organizer who has taken his...
Success Pool Pay-Off at Kent State
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON DECEMBER 1, 819 FACULTY IN THE TENURED/TENURE TRACK collective bargaining unit at Kent State University (Ohio) were paid $2,855 each, before taxes, as a result of an incentive program built into a three-year agreement that...
There's a Class for That
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS SMART PHONES BECOME MORE UBIQUITOUS, constituents want on-the-go access to campus information. And going mobile can be a great learning experience. Bill Penney; chief technology officer at Stetson University (Fla.), proposed...
Virtual Capacity: Using Distance Learning to Manage Surging Enrollment
ALTHOUGH THERE ARE glimmers the recession could be ending, the unemployment rate is expected to stay high for some time to come. College enrollments will probably keep pace, especially at community colleges, where older adults looking to brush up their...
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