Editor's Note

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Editor's Note


von Munkwitz-Smith, Jeff, College and University


It is snowing as I sit in my office in Boston writing this introduction to Volume 90, Number z of College & University. My institution, like many in Boston this winter, has lost several class days due to snow. An idea for a research article occurs to me: best practices in scheduling class make-ups. Any potential authors out there ?

In this issue's first of four research-based features, Bradley Barnes and Brian Bourke examine Strategic Enrollment Management through the lens of campus culture and make the case for SEM as an agent of change. Next, Laura Jacek reviews the effectiveness of various interventions institutions might take to increase online course evaluation completion rates.

Michael J. Kutnak and Steven M. Janosik discuss U.S. federal legislation, case law, and government agency rulings pertaining to higher education admissions and students with disabilities and explore the legal implications for higher education administrators. They make recommendations on ways administrators can better serve this student population and their institutions.

Our final feature, by Kristy Tucciarone, investigates how universities can increase enrollment by advertising internships, which can be vital to college graduates' entrance into the job market, to prospective students.

This edition's Forum section includes several timely articles. It's not unusual to read an online comment on articles concerning the use of consultants in higher education asking why faculty experts couldn't have been employed instead. Ann Minnick describes how faculty expertise was quite successfully used to improve an administrative process at Macalester College, my alma mater, in "The Magic of Math: Utilizing Faculty Expertise to Improve First-Year Assignments."

In "Lessons from Occupy Wall Street: Creating Mass and Momentum to Lead the Functional and Technological Direction of Vendors," Michael Burke advocates changing the way we interact with vendors-and with one another- to more effectively influence the ongoing development of information systems supporting higher education. …

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