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Propelling college students to their full potential

07/2016
Christopher Newport University in Virginia uses technology to enhance retention.

Helping all students reach their full academic and professional potential lies at the heart of several the initiatives honored as this summer’s Models of Excellence.

An “App Factory” at a regional state university turned its paid interns into hot business commodities who have been hired quickly after graduation. In the year-round program, students train their classmates to develop mobile apps and web tools for community clients that have so far ranged from businesses to museums to radio stations, among others.

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Can gender-specific campaigns boost fundraising?

August, 2016

Female graduates receive fewer solicitations for donations, and they give at a lower rate than do their male counterparts, according to the “Alumni Engagement and Giving” survey by Alumni Monitor, a higher education consulting service.

International test scores called into question by cheating

August, 2016

Just hours before it was scheduled to be administered in June, the ACT college admission test was canceled in South Korea and Hong Kong. Approximately 5,500 international students were turned away from testing centers after ACT Inc. announced that it had received credible evidence that test materials in these regions had been leaked in advance, thus compromising the integrity of the exams.

Ensuring financial aid helps the neediest college students

August, 2016

Need-based financial aid was supposed to give everyone an opportunity to get into college and better their lives and career prospects. Nearly half of the public, four-year colleges studied in a new report leave the most financially needy students on the hook for more than $10,000 of debt per school year.

“Fact-vertising” can give colleges a competitive edge

August, 2016
John L. Gann, Jr., consults, trains, and writes on marketing. He is author of "The Third Lifetime Place: A New Economic Opportunity for College Towns."

Although their leaders might claim otherwise, ratings by U.S. News, Princeton Review and others are of outsized importance to universities today. But what about the many colleges that didn’t rank high with these reviewers? How can they compete with the list-toppers?

A university’s guide to achieving savings through contractual risk transfer

July, 2016

As highly visible institutions with perceived “deep pockets,” colleges and universities are targets for lawsuits arising from injuries and property damage only tenuously tied to the schools’ actions.

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7/12/2016

While faced with state and federal regulations, an increasingly competitive recruitment environment and intense pressure to contain costs, many colleges and universities have been unable to modernize critical business processes, which could help address key challenges in admissions, finance, and fundraising. Siloed data, manual processes and inefficient workflows can be costly, create security vulnerabilities and prevent institution leaders from understanding the true costs of doing business.

Mark Schilmoeller, Chief Operating Officer, Nelnet Business Solutions

Since most partners promise “great customer service” to the colleges and universities they serve, the term has become something of a cliché. Why does level of service still need to be a top priority for institution leaders when selecting a provider?