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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, February

And Rankings for a LI: Questioning National College Rating Framework
College ranking systems are typically viewed as unreliable metrics, often accused of practicing favoritism based on questionable criteria that varies by publisher. In an attempt to provide an unbiased and informed resource for prospective students...
Are We Producing Too Many Ph.D.S? or Are We Producing Too Few Opportunities for Them?
Each year, the market for tenure-eligible faculty positions becomes more and more competitive, and a greater number of newly minted Ph.D. graduates struggle to find a job. The U.S. annually produces about 70,000 new doctoral graduates, representing...
Contagious on Campus: Advance Planning Is the Key to Preventing and Managing Infectious Diseases at Colleges and Universities
A public healthcare crisis thrust Southern Methodist University into the spotlight in September when a Liberian man visiting Dallas was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. The hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan was treated and later died--Texas Health Presbyterian--is...
Desktop Virtualization: Enabling the Anywhere, Anytime College Experience: Overcoming Challenges While Meeting the Changing Technology Needs in Higher Ed
A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on Dec. 11, 2014 As technology advances and students remain on the cutting edge, colleges and universities have no choice but to keep up. That means ensuring that students can access...
Do Robots Need College Degrees? How Artificial Intelligence Creates Bright Futures for College Graduates
Much has been written in recent years about the threats robots pose to jobs in America. Conventional wisdom states that machines will eventually overtake the jobs humans do today and then continue on to the future, infiltrating new jobs almost as quickly...
Four Strategies for Student Loan Repayment Success: Recommendations for Protecting Student Loan Borrowers and the Schools They Attend
A report by the Association of Community College Trustees and The Institute for College Access & Success suggests practical steps that all postsecondary institutions--not just community colleges--can take to benefit their student loan borrowers....
Georgia Leads College Consolidation Movement
The University System of Georgia has worked to combine several more of its higher education institutions this year in what is likely the nation's most aggressive and high-profile campus consolidation program. Around the country, institutions are merging...
Inside Look: Business Schools: Active 24/7, B-School Buildings Are Often a Campus within a Campus and Tend to Be the Envy of Educators in Other Departments
There's an old joke about business schools, which see more than their share of facility upgrades: As soon as the b-school vacates its old quarters to move into a new building, every other school in the university is vying for the vacant space. The...
It's a Tough World, but It's a World We Made: Roger Williams' President Says Higher Ed Deserves Much of the Criticism It Gets
People often go to college for the wrong reasons, with assumptions about how it's going to benefit them, says Donald Farish. "When it doesn't come out the way they imagined it would be, then, of course, it's everybody else's fault. "Farish, president...
Keeping PR-Fit throughout the Academic Year: Make the Effort to Learn and Become Better at Your Job
For the first few months of a New Year, many of us are eager to get physically fit. And those of us who work in PR and marketing must stay professionally fit by remaining relevant to meet and even surpass those needs our institutions will always have....
Money Matters on Campus: Driving Student Success through Financial Literacy
Best practices for student success through financial literacy A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on Dec. 16, 2014 Rising student debt and lack of financial literacy among college students are issues of growing concern...
Obama Proposes Free Community College Tuition: Plan Could Cost $60 Billion over 10 Years
President Barack Obama is not acting like someone whose party suffered heavy defeats in the recent midterm election. Last month he previewed Americas College Promise, an ambitious plan that could help his earlier goal of increasing the number of college...
PCI Compliance Crackdown
Driven by a desire to limit their exposure to risk, banks are beginning to put campus payment card data security compliance under the microscope. That scrutiny could mean big changes to policy and process for institutions. The concept of campus-as-merchant...
Preparing Your Campus for Prior-Prior Year: Making a Confusing Process Easier for First Generation Students
For many, Jan. 1 signifies a day of great college football bowl games, highly caloric leftover holiday food, and time with family and friends ringing in the New Year. However, for those working in financial aid offices at colleges or universities across...
The LMS Switch: Why and How Six Schools Made a Learning Management System Change
Stable, reliable and adaptable. Those are the key descriptors for a successful learning management system. When the current LMS doesn't provide a needed functionality, schools can often add new features or configurations to achieve the desired outcome....
University Crossing at UMass Lowell
All offices involved in student success are now, for the first time, housed together in the new 230,000-square-foot University Crossing student center. The building also links the South, North and East campuses with the city's downtown business district...
Why 'One Size Does Not Fit All' in Student Risk Prediction and Retention Strategies: How Regular Monitoring and Adjustments Can Have a Positive Impact on Student Retention Rates
A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on Dec. 4, 2015 The goal of retaining students--and seeing them through to degree completion--has become the focus of numerous research initiatives, articles, technology solutions and...
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