University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 9, September

A Greener Attitude: Our New Survey Results Show Environmental Awareness Is Driving Purchase Decisions for Facilities Construction and Products and Services
When university business put together the "Going Green While Saving Green" special section in our June issue, we were in the process of conducting a related survey of higher education facilities with E&I Cooperative Purchasing, a higher ed buying...
A Race Crisis in Los Angeles: UCLA Enrolls Only 96 African American Freshmen This Fall
HERE'S A SITUATION THAT WOULD MAKE UCLA GRADUATE ARTHUR Ashe turn in his grave: Los Angeles County has one of the largest populations of African Americans in the country, yet the University of California, Los Angeles, has the lowest number of African...
Business Continuity Planning: George Mason University's Executive Enterprise Risk Management Approach Has Helped in Building Responses to "What-If" Scenarios
Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, the ongoing threats of terrorism, and the auditing profession's increased emphasis on business continuity planning have captured the attention of higher education executives. Most now realize that they...
Commission Report Leaves Higher Ed Questions Unanswered
THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION'S COMmission on the Future of Higher Education issued the final draft in August of recommendations to improve access and affordability in higher education. Six drafts of the report had been released in preceding weeks, with...
How to Get the Most out of Your Financial Aid Consultant: These 10 Principles Outline a Productive Institution/consultant Relationship
With enrollments and net tuition revenue at stake, more and more colleges and universities are seeking help from outside consultants in reviewing financial aid strategies. Here are 10 principles to follow to ensure that the consulting relationship...
Learning after Loss: Well-Planned Online and Distance Offerings Can Give Institutions of Higher Education the Ability to Keep Education Going in the Wake of Disaster
The familiar rhythms of academia lend a comforting presence on college campuses. Each autumn as summer temperatures begin to fall, days shorten, and leaves flutter down, fresh-faced students arrive en masse, their futures pregnant with possibility....
Lessons in Landlording: Managing an Institution's Real Estate Assets Requires Careful Planning and Thoughtful Problem Solving-All While Keeping the School's Mission in Mind
In some ways, the typical landlord-tenant relationship applies. A suitable tenant is found. A lease is worked out. Rent gets paid (hopefully on time). And the landlord gets an earful when the drain clogs, the roof leaks, or the heating or air-conditioning...
Mobile Technology: One for All: Emerging Dual-Mode Phones Give Students a Single Device to Manage All Their Voice and Data Needs
Wake Forest University students have a firm grip on the future of technology. Indeed, up to 500 students at the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based institution are expected to use dual-mode phones that support cellular calls and IP communications this fall....
Moving a Team Forward: Part Four in a Four-Part Series on Strategies for Building a Highly Effective Senior Team
Note: This column revisits a series that we began last year on effective team building. The prior installments, which ran in November 2005, January 2006, and March 2006, are available online at www.universitybusiness.com (see Back Issues). Understanding...
Newspapers: From College to Corporate
IT WAS HARD TO MISS ALL THE PRESS AFTER THE EARLY AUGUST ACquisition of Florida State University's student newspaper. The Tallahassee Democrat, a daily owned by newspaper publishing giant Gannett, purchased The FSView & Florida Flambeau for an...
Notes from the Mail Bag
A recent column on this page called "Help Keep the Free Press Free" (July) resonated with a large number of readers who offered their own takes on the subject. That column dealt with a campaign by The Society of Professional Journalists to encourage...
Not Your Typical Textbook Advice: Campus Bookstore Directors and Administrators Offer 20 Strategies for Keeping Up with Online Textbook Competition
Rich Hershman found himself in the usually welcoming commonwealth of Virginia when he experienced the conversation that many bookstore managers land administrators dread. Hershman, director of government relations for the National Association of...
Old Dominion University (Va.) House of Blue
IS IT A FOOD COURT OR IS IT A nightclub? Some creative renovations have made this space both. * FUNCTION: By day, the food court area of Old Dominion University's Webb Center offers franchise restaurants and room for studying and socializing. At...
Protecting Campus Data: Portability Can Have Its Price. Here's How IT Managers Deal with Stolen Laptops
Laptops are a modern marvel. They are portable, able to process amazing amounts of data, but, oh, so easy to steal. At least 600,000 laptops are stolen every year, according to a technology firm that helps protect data and locate missing machines....
Summer Conference Report: Three Major Higher Ed Organizations Converged in Honolulu to Discuss the 'Campus of the Future,' While Financial Aid Officers Took the Pulse of the Economy
Summer is usually the time for vacations, but for those in higher education, it's a time to mix business with pleasure at annual conference sites around the country. July saw two major events: the annual NASFAA conference in Seattle, and the joint...
Taking Top Honors: Honors Colleges and Other Special Programs at Two-Year Schools Educate the Brightest Students While Improving Transfer Rates
The spotlight of attention has swung right toward community colleges in recent years, thanks in part to high-level public mentions. Yet as more people look to community colleges to churn out students--particularly those from low-income and minority...
Tests and Challenges in Mentoring Relationships: In Times of Crisis, Having a Trusted Go-To Mentor Can Help Put a Situation in Perspective
What would you do if you knew that following your own convictions could result in a barrage of bad press, possible loss of your hard-earned career, and even death threats? Frequently, higher education administrators find themselves in situations...
Thankful Encounters: In Positively Recognizing Employees, It's the Small Things That Count
With bigger budgets and higher profits, corporate America sometimes outshines higher education in areas such as compensation. But here's one area where they're on even turf: creatively rewarding and recognizing employees. Companies typically recognize...
Which States Will Have the Most College-Eligible Students?
THE POTENTIAL APPLICANT POOL FOR COLleges and universities is going to grow significantly in some states between now and 2014, according to data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics. The center reports that the number of public...

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