Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Higher Education

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 2, April

Agents of Change: Universities and Colleges Are Starting to Take a Prominent Role in Improving Their Surrounding Communities. It's a Mutual Relationship That Pays High Dividends for All
When Evan Dobelle became president of Trinity College in 1995, he had a clear plan to make the school an active player in community renewal. "I've been involved in politics and government for a long time, and my involvement has always been making...
All Gifts Great & Small: Gifts from Individual Donors Often Provide the Most Support to Higher Education. Networking and Cultivating Personal Relationships Can Give Administrators the Edge They Need to Generate the Most Funds for Their School. (Cover Story)
Bill and Claudia Coleman did not graduate from the University of Colorado. Their children do not attend there. And they don't make their home in Colorado. The Colemans--he's a former executive of Sun Microsystems, and she of Hewlett Packard--decided...
A New Frontier: In the Digital Environment, Administrators Must Decide: Are Faculty Members Free Agents or Employees Bound by Copyright Law?
Arthur Miller, a Harvard University Law Professor, received a crash course in copyright issues when he sold a series of videotaped lectures to an online institution. Harvard objected, suggesting Miller violated a school policy because he didn't...
Database: A Sampling of Higher-Education Facts and Figures
Internet Infiltration Market Data Retrieval's annual survey on the use of technology in colleges reveals the Internet has become ubiquitous. In 2000, 100% of colleges reported that they provide Internet access to students in the library, followed...
Deans'S List: Noteworthy Higher-Education Web Sites
The exploding development of the World Wide Web promises to transform colleges, universities, and two-year schools by providing administrators, faculty, and students with immediate access to interactive multimedia content on any topic, powerful research...
Ending the Arms Race: The University of California and the SAT. (Special Report)
When the SAT test was introduced in 1901, it was intended for egalitarian purposes. Initially an achievement test that measured mastery of college preparatory subjects, it was designed to allow students who did not attend elite prep schools to demonstrate...
E-Philanthropy: Is It a Fundraiser's Dream? (Written on the Web)
Although fundraising on the Internet is still in its infancy, it is touted by professionals as one of the most powerful higher-education fundraising vehicles ever developed--a fundraiser's dream, according to one consultant. Since a large percentage...
Flexibility in Fundraising Software: New Capabilities Make Life Easier for Administrators
Until recently, fundraising and planned giving software was aimed primarily at automating the individual tasks involved. This included everything from planning specific gift strategies and fundraising events, to maintaining a database of alumni and...
L'eminence Grise Isn't What It Used to Be: What Can College Leaders Do When Faculty Become Not Just Grayer, but Grimmer? (Guest Column)
What can presidents, administrators, and faculty leaders do to promote growth and to revitalize those among the faculty who feel disaffected and disengaged? How can their collective wisdom become part of the conversations about the reinvention of higher...
Prospice: Looking Ahead at Events of Interest for Higher Education
If you use and enable technology to support administrative processes in higher education and also like to play tennis, hike, or go horseback riding, then don't miss the CUMREC 2001 conference to be held May 13-15 at the Pointe South Mountain Resort...
Residence Halls without Walls: "Virtual Rooms" at the University of Dayton Make Uncertain Roommate Meetings a Thing of the Past. (Profiles in Change)
When one of my best friends and I decided to room together in college many people told us it might ruin our friendship. They were wrong, and looking back, we would do it all again. Think about the benefits. We eliminated the uncertainty of living with...
Rovia and Houghton Mifflin to Deliver Electronic Textbooks. (News: Noteworthy People, Programs, Funding, and Technological Advances in the World of Higher Education)
Rovia, Inc., a provider of secure, electronic distribution infrastructure for the publishing industry, and Houghton Mifflin Company, a leading educational publisher, have joined to deliver Houghton Mifflin College Division content online. Using Rovia's...
Spring Is in the Air. (Publisher's Note)
I just finished shoveling snow. More is expected tonight from the March snowstorm that won't go away. The storm may be a reminder that technically it s still winter, but warmer days will soon be here. I'm thinking about it today, because we've made...
Study: Suicide Rate at MIT Is Higher Than at Other Schools. (News: Noteworthy People, Programs, Funding, and Technological Advances in the World of Higher Education)
Since 1990, 11 Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have committed suicide, an "alarming" number for a university of its size, say health experts and students at the prestigious school. In fact, many at the school feel the high suicide...
Technology Roundup: Looking to Update Your Fundraising Software? Following Is a List of Companies That Serve Higher Education
TECHNOLOGY ROUNDUP PRODUCT, COMPANY COST AND USER CAPACITY ABT PowerCAMPUS Fees based on Advancement Module number of modules Applied Business Technologies, Inc. ...
The Integration of Paper and Ink with a Mobile Computer. (News Byte)
What's the one thing administrators, students, and faculty members have in common? Even in the computer age, they still take notes on paper, whether they're in meetings, in the classroom, or standing in front of the classroom. And it's time-consuming...
The Secret of Cedar Crest's Success: Strong Ties Are the Key to Alumni Support at This Women's College
Administrators can't depend on nostalgia alone when it comes to building relationships with alumni. They are a living part of a college or university and should be treated that way. This is the rule that Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Penn., lives...
Those Who Pay the Piper Call the Tune. (an Educated Guess)
There is no such thing as a free lunch, so the saying goes. If true, what does this mean for the academy and its reliance upon new funding bases to meet its increased diversified function in a technological age? The three main sources of external...
Vice Presidential Debate Sparks Interest in Centre College. (News: Noteworthy People, Programs, Funding, and Technological Advances in the World of Higher Education)
Last year, Matrix profiled Centre College in Danville, Ky., the smallest college ever to be chosen to host a vice presidential debate. Now officials at the college are convinced that the debate, which took place between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat...
Who Wants to Be a Manager? Exploring Ideas and Practices in the Areas of Planning and Managing. (Management Matters)
When James Conant assumed the presidency of Harvard, in 1933, the great scientist and philosopher A.N. Whitehead greeted the news dryly. "But he is a chemist;' observed Whitehead. Reminded that an earlier president also had been a chemist, he added,...