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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 2, February

A College Experience You Can Count On: A Wristwatch Metaphor for Higher Ed in the Age of MOOCs
Will residential liberal arts colleges follow the path of the wristwatch? I sure hope so. With all of the talk about MOOCs, online instruction, and game-based learning models, many of us working at residential liberal arts colleges are uncertain about...
A Conversation with Tony Bates
Tony Bates is the author of 11 books in the field of online learning and distance education. In addition to his most recent title, Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley &...
Bullying at Work on Campus: Higher Ed Workers Bullied More Than General Workforce
Bullies aren't just on the playground. In fact, 62 percent of higher ed employees surveyed for a recent study reported witnessing or experiencing bullying in the past 18 months. That's exactly one-quarter more than the 37 percent of the general workforce...
Communicating about Financial Aid: Seven Steps to a Better Process and Output
With families' growing concerns about financing higher education, and the federal government's increasing involvement in recommending and/or requiring certain communications regarding institutional costs, every institution should be taking a step back...
Device Management across the Network: A Look at the Modern Network's Watchful Eye, Powered by Tools to Tag, Clean, and Clear Devices Used across Campus for Safe Network Access
College and university networks present opportunities to manage devices remotely, often automatically. Automating device management via the network saves students, faculty, and staff time and allows institutions to direct resources and efforts to the...
Enrollment Slows Nationally
It had been predicted for years and now it looks like it is finally coming to pass. No, not the Mayan calendar apocalypse. After years of steep increases, higher education enrollments are stowing, almost across the board. In its "Projections of Education...
Food Fight: Safe Student Dining a Right
Continually provide both hot and cold gluten- and allergen-free options in dining hall food lines. Allow students to preorder allergen-free meals. Provide a dedicated space in the main dining hall to store and prepare allergen-free foods and to avoid...
Instantaneous Reach: Effective Campuswide Digital Signage Communications
After being announced as a host venue for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, my colleagues and I at The University of British Columbia (Canada) began preparations for the thousands of visitors expected to come see the Olympic torch relay and attend...
Learning Spaces: Meeting Classroom Teaching and Collaboration Expectations
Gone are the days when a basic classroom with a podium and desks was considered an acceptable learning space. In fact, according to CDW-G's 'Learn Now, Lecture Later" report released in June 2012, 47 percent of instructors surveyed said they are moving...
Modular Building and the Bottom Line
While a new dorm or learning space might be needed or desirable on campus, facing down the associated headaches of time, mess, and expense can overshadow the benefits the finished project might bring. Modular construction is an alternative delivery...
Moo U: Connecting America's Dairy Farm Colleges
Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln, riveted the nation's attention on the role President Lincoln played in emancipation. Yet, little attention was given to the rote Lincoln played in empowering and educating the small family farming and industrial working...
Nursing Schools Reinventing Recruitment: Attracting Faculty Amidst the Nation's Nursing Shortage
Perhaps nothing causes more administrative anxiety for deans at nursing schools than the nation's nursing shortage. It not only poses a real threat to the country's health care delivery system, but also to higher ed institutions that need nursing faculty....
Opportunity Knocks: Donor-Advised Funds Offer Universities a Pot of Gold
A particular anonymous couple, both Cornell University alumni, could be considered the proverbial advancement officer s dream. They met in high school, attended college on scholarship, embarked on successful careers after graduation, and raised three...
Penn State World Campus Transforms Student Experience and Staff Productivity to Accelerate Growth: Leader in Online Degree Programs Aligns Staff to a Student-Centric Model While Maintaining Academic Excellence
Colleges and universities are steeped in tradition, both in culture and business practices. But when traditional processes inhibit growth, schools need to change without disturbing their traditions of brand awareness and academic excellence. That...
SIGs at UBTech 2013
We know that conference programs offer a variety of topics for attendees who want to sample from some of the best and brightest ideas in higher education. But there are times when deeper discussion is warranted, beyond a breakout session presentation....
Students Look the Part for Learning 9-to-5 Skills
Starting this fall, full-time students enrolled in Wake Forest University's (N.C.) Master of Arts in Management (M.A.) Program won't be able to roll out of bed and rush to class. Instead they will be required to be in school from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during...
The Plight of Part-Time Faculty: What Shapes the Perspective of These Faculty-And What Supports They Need
Part-time faculty play a vital role in university life. They teach large intro courses and classes; they are more likely to teach evening classes, which provides flexibility in course scheduling and attracts students who work during the day; and they...
What's the Buzz? TrendTopper's MediaBuzz Rankings Exclusively on the UB Website
In December, Tulane University (La.) announced it had misreported some admissions data for its Freeman School of Business to be used in USNews & World Report's college rankings. Earlier last year, George Washington University (D.C.) revealed that...
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