University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, January

A Home [Page] for All: 5 Tips to Ease Website Redesigns
An institutional website is not only often the first contact a prospective student has with a college or university but also a constant landing point for current students, faculty, and staff. "We looked at trends and research and realized that the...
Are Third-Party Payments the Final Frontier? Automation, Service and Security Gains Haven't Graced Contract Accounts ... until Now
In a recent poll taken by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, nearly a quarter of respondents said their campuses had seen third-party payments increase by 25 to 50 percent over the previous year. Another 12 percent...
Beyond Facebook: What's Next for Social Media in Higher Ed
LAST NOVEMBER, FACEBOOK WUNDERKIND MARK ZUCKERberg paid a visit to Harvard for the first time since dropping out in 2004. In his address to students, the social media guru proclaimed that Facebook "is just getting started." Remarkably, social networking...
Boosting the Bottom Line: Auxiliary Services as Revenue Generators and Resource Savers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the name reveals, auxiliary services will never be directly related to the core mission of colleges and universities. But as ever-tightening resources have become the reality for institutions, the revenue-generating possibilities...
Choosing Telepresence: When and How to Take the Plunge
Imagine being a student in a class listening to your professor as she writes on a whiteboard at the front of the room. She asks a question and you faintly hear a voice, but you can't see who it came from or understand what was said--because you're...
Getting Carded: Best Practices for Campus Card Administration
Campus cards have come a long way since their initial uses related to door access and meal plan tracking. Increasingly, colleges and universities are turning campus cards into function-packed systems, with subsequent benefits related to efficiency,...
Here to Help
REMEMBER WHEN ALL BUSIness operations in your institution ran smoothly and effortlessly, and you could leave early for the day and not bring your work home with you? Of course you don't. The business of running a college or university was never an...
Lessons Learned
AS THIS ISSUE OF UNIVERSITY BUSINESS WAS being prepared to go to press, we were all stopped in our tracks as word came, first via social media and then from conventional news sources, that another shooting had taken place at Virginia Tech. In the...
Making Tracks: Using Nontenure Faculty Tracks to Attract Skilled Professionals and Boost Job Satisfaction
TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS at higher ed institutions are not always the most sought-after jobs on campus. At least, not lately. Highly skilled scientists, researchers, and other professionals are opting for nontenure track positions, which enable them...
Occupy Higher Ed: Movement Spreads from Wall Street to the Campus Green
THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT THAT HAS SWEPT THE nation--and the world--also has a home at many colleges and universities. Long associated with protests, and historically touted as the home of open discourse, American colleges and universities have had a difficult...
Printer Purchase Pointers: Features to Find and Practices to Protect the Investment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although printer purchases aren't an everyday occurrence on campuses--or at least the procurement office hopes not--when it's time to buy new printers, department and purchasing leaders can look to features in new models that...
Public Colleges: Degree Completion Leaders
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS MAY HAVE LOWER GRADUATION RATES, BUT IN moving students toward graduation, it appears they're more successful than private institutions, according to a report assessing graduation rates from the Higher Education Research Institute...
Spending Time on the Spending Policy: Rules to Live By
In light of the current economic conditions and the decreased value of most endowments, many organizations are re-examining their investment strategies. Often overlooked: Spending policies must have not just the proper annual spending, amount but also...
"Tell Me Now": Acting on Early Action
AFTER DROPPING EARLY ADMISsions programs four years ago, Harvard and Princeton reinstated them this year. They received a large number of applicants, which comes as no surprise, but institutions that never ended their early action programs are experiencing...
The Hour When the Ship Comes In: A President's Tale of Displaced Students-And How Administrators Found Them a Home on the Water
I'VE HAD A SOUNDTRACK TO the events recounted here running through my mind: "Oh the time will come up / When the winds will stop / And the breeze will cease to be breathin' / Like the stillness in the wind / 'Fore the hurricane begins / The hour when...
The Policy Police
PEOPLE CAN BE VERY SENSITIVE ABOUT THEIR SOCIAL media accounts, as witnessed any time Facebook makes changes to the news feed presentation. So it makes sense that the Sam Houston State University (Texas) campus reacted badly when administrators tried...
Top 10 Resource Wasters: A Hit List for Reducing Work for Students and Financial Aid Staff
GIVEN FEDERAL AND state regulations, especially now, there are many policies and procedures related to applying for, awarding, and disbursing aid that can't be avoided. Still, in our travels, we often see aid offices making unnecessary extra work for...
What's the Matter with Business at Liberal Arts Colleges? Why Business Courses Belong in These Schools
I AM A BIT PERPLEXED. NO matter how hard I try, I can t seem to get many listeners on the subject of the need for liberal arts colleges to offer a minor in business and entrepreneurship. Over the past month, I wrote to the presidents at four of the...
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