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The true cost of higher education

A new book by Melinda Lewis and William Elliott shows how current aid models contribute to inequality, and discusses a number of promising alternatives.

Higher education is supposed to be a critical first step on the ladder that leads to economic mobility. But William Elliott and Melinda Lewis say that students often leave school with debilitating debt that delays or even prevents any upward climb on that ladder.

The Real College Debt Crisis: How Student Borrowing Threatens Financial Well-Being and Erodes the American Dream (Praeger, 2015) shows how current aid models contribute to inequality, and discusses a number of promising alternatives.

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Follett’s bookstore and café solution transforms a town and its community

December, 2015

Greencastle, Indiana is home to a unique blend of industrial and commercial businesses as well as a top ranking private liberal arts college – DePauw University.

Campus Computing Project takes pulse of higher ed IT

December, 2015
Helping faculty adopt instructional technology is a top IT priority in higher ed.

Although it has been a boon to commercial services such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and others, colleges and universities aren’t completely sold on cloud computing. That’s according to the 2015 “Campus Computing Project” report, released in October at the Educause conference in Indianapolis.

Prescription for higher ed prosperity

December, 2015
Former university president Richard A. Skinner is a senior consultant with Harris Search Associates.

Much of what we read today about higher education tends to dwell on constraints and reductions, but at least one sector of academe is actually growing.

New medical schools are in various states of planning, development and accreditation, while existing schools are expanding class sizes, portending perhaps the greatest increase in this sector since World War II.

Cohort-based budget planning for financial aid

December, 2015
Mary Piccioli is an enrollment management consultant at Scannell & Kurz.

With freshman discount rates once again on the rise, it will be more important than ever for institutions to review whether their methodologies for developing a budget for financial aid are sufficiently robust.

Using a cohort-based budget approach is critical for understanding the implications of replacing a “cheaper” senior class with a more heavily discounted freshman class.

Tennessee smooths path for returning students

December, 2015
Adult students engage with their instructor at Lipscomb’s behavioral assessment center, which uses tactics traditionally used in the corporate world to identify and to award credit for incoming students’ life experiences.

A series of initiatives championed by Gov. Bill Haslam in Tennessee—home of the Tennessee Promise free community college initiative—promotes higher education to learners of all ages.

The Reconnect + Complete initiative for degree completion aims for an elusive demographic: non-traditional students, many with families and careers, whose college experiences were cut short by illness, financial troubles or other issues.

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Kentucky university seeing benefits of unified communications platform

December, 2015
Brescia University upgrades to Jive Communications hosted phone system for a better user experience

Frequent downtime. Lengthy change processes. Complicated pricing structure. These were just a few of the issues of Brescia University’s phone system in use prior to 2014.

Excellent service differentiates financial provider at New York institution

December, 2015
SUNY Broome partners with Higher One to offer all electronic payment services through one system

Meeting the needs of every student at SUNY Broome is a critical part of the upstate New York institution’s mission. And when a large portion of the 7,000-student population is made up of first-generation and non-traditional students, meeting their needs requires paying particular attention to campus finances.

Colleges are counting on clean energy from fuel cells to go green

December, 2015
Campuses minimize carbon footprint and reliance on utilities and conserve water with Doosan Fuel Cell

When leadership at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) recently decided to upgrade the campus’s energy system, the goal was to adhere to rigorous state sustainability mandates and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One-stop shop eases discovery of online services and business forms

December, 2015
OneCampus has been a perfect fit at the University of Delaware, where students have their smartphones with them all the time--even during the traditional twilight induction ceremony held for incoming freshmen. Courtesy of UD.

The number of forms at the University of Delaware, just like at any other higher ed institution, is large. From course withdrawals for students to facilities requests by staff, a stakeholder is often required to fill out a specific form deep within various web applications in order to make a business action happen on campus.