University Business

Professional magazine covering the business of higher education.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 9, October

A Conversation with Sree Sreenivasan
Sree Sreenivasan is a journalist and technology expert at Columbia School of Journalism. As anyone who has sat in his class or watched one of his YouTube videos will attest, Sreenivasan's particular strength is in explaining technology to students,...
Candidates Battle over Higher Education: Campaigns Highlight Differences on Financial Aid
With the 2012 election only weeks away, Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are furiously campaigning for that segment of undecided voters that could make or break their efforts. At the top of nearly every list of voter concerns this year, of...
CRM Grows Up: Reaching beyond Admissions to Cover the Entire Lifecycle
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In its infancy, constituent relationship management technology was confined to the admissions and development offices. Campus administrators realized the system was a great way to communicate with prospective students and...
Food Trucks Pull into Campus
The food truck craze that's hit cities large and small across the nation has made its way to college and university campuses, offering up new dining options in new spots with more hours. Bringing a food truck to campus isn't as easy as throwing in...
Grading Trends Get Attention
An infographic by OnlineColleges.net analyzes today's students' study habits, as well as grade inflation, to suggest that college grading may be getting easier. Whatever the case, grading methods have certainly changed over the years. James Wollack,...
Living and Learning Residence Hall at Gallaudet University
DeafSpace architectural design elements aid visual communication and help reduce eye strain and fatigue for deaf and hard of hearing people. A new Living and Learning Residence Hall, dubbed LLRH6, is the second construction project incorporating DeafSpace...
Not Your Parents' Campus Store: Economic Realities and Innovative Merchandising Are Transforming the Traditional Campus Bookstore
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the River Store in Ft. Pierce, Fla., it's hard to miss the course textbooks stacked along multilevel, metal shelves, as well as the array of insignia T-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, and caps bearing the Indian River State...
On Foreign Soil: HR Lessons on Expanding Abroad
In 2008, Sunil Khambaswadkar came on board as the assistant vice chancellor of HR at the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University, which now supports 450 students and is growing strong. "It was a great opportunity for HR and me, personally, to be part...
Our New Look
With this issue we are pleased to introduce a new logo for the University Business brand. Longtime readers of the magazine might remember the original logo of University Business from its debut in 1998. The covers were adorned with a giant "U" and...
Polytech Renaissance: The Rise of the Polytechnic University
As education leaders and policymakers debate how best to reengineer the university learning experience, we take pause to recognize the quiet renaissance occurring at institutions where the captains of engineering innovation are educated in the new...
Rebuilding America's Middle Class: New Community College Leaders Organization Advocating to Policymakers
In 2011, four community college system chancellors began discussing how community colleges help build a stronger, more competitive workforce and, therefore, a strong middle class. "What we were seeing was increased recognition of the role of community...
Retirement Communities Revisited
Before the economic downturn, there was a growing interest in higher ed in integrating active adult communities with campus life. Residents would benefit from the amenities provided by a college town, while campus constituents would benefit from the...
Staying Ahead of the Educational Curve: Four Ways Mission-Driven Institutions Can Succeed
EARLIER THIS YEAR IN March, college and university presidents convened in Washington for an annual meeting to discuss the state of education. I was a panelist for a session entitled "Staying Ahead of the Curve: Rethinking the Higher Education Model."...
Student Services Pulse Check
The experience students have on campus is what will keep them coming back, both while enrolled and after. But even if they love their classes, that joy can be overshadowed by frustration dealing with student services offices. The new report "Making...
The ABCs of TDABC
Universities face a conundrum: Funding for higher education is on the decline, but enrollment is at an all time high--how can they do more with less? One answer may be Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing (TDABC). It's a system to discern and analyze...
The New Finance and Enrollment Partnership: Strengthening the Bond for Better Budget Decision Making and More
THE VAST MAJORITY OF independent, private sector, higher education institutions are more than 80 percent dependent on tuition and student fees--the exception of course being that small cadre of elite, well-endowed institutions that comprise a small...
The Payment Plan: Managing and Marketing Tuition Installment Plans for the Benefit of Students, Families, and the Institution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The cost of a college education continues to rise, despite declining consumer ability to pay for it. And with 70 percent of college students and parents agreeing that college is needed now more than ever, according to Sallie...
Transfer Talk
Linn-Benton Community College and Lebanon High School have partnered with Oregon State University to provide a better path and support from high school through college graduation. The Lebanon High School Early College program will allow students to...
Venue 365: Multiuse Facilities Let Campuses Do More: Around the Clock and with Less Space and Money
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Prior to 2011, the sports and events facilities at the University of Mary Washington (Va.) were nothing to write home about. The university's Dodd Auditorium had a capacity of 1,300 for concerts and other special events, and...
Where the Workers Are: Community Colleges Are Creating Customized Workforce Development Programs to Address the Shortage of Skilled Workers in the U.S. and Help Retain Jobs That Might Otherwise Be Offshored
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The recession hit Michigan, home of the nation's automotive industry, hard in 2008 and 2009. For Autocam Corp. in Grand Rapids, this meant taking drastic action to protect its business and 1,500-employee workforce. As the...
Why Aren't Females Aspiring to Be CIOs? What the Research Shows and the Opportunities That Lie Ahead
The higher education chief information officer role has origins that date back around three decades. This relatively nascent position is evolving at breakneck speed, adapting to the rapidly changing information technology landscape and a higher ed...
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