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Watching the woolly mammoths reunite in Ice Age Meltdown on a 95-degree scorcher on July 4th, our thoughts turned to global warming and its cataclysmic challenges for our next generation.

Back when I was a reporter for my college newspaper, we ran several stories concerning a professor who had threatened legal action against the school for being denied tenure. He was a controversial figure on campus, and he claimed that the administration's fear of his outspokenness lay behind his refusal.

I was reminded of this after reading a few stories about the declining rate of tenured professors, and the debate over whether the tenure model is still a viable one today.

Financial aid professionals have asserted for some time that the federal regulation requiring higher education institutions to verify certain information on some students' aid applications creates additional burdens for low-income students and financial aid offices. These assertions were recently confirmed by a report from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) that chronicles the impact of verification on students and financial aid offices at 13 community colleges in California.

The Mirage may have been the name of the host hotel, but the turnout for EduComm 2010 in June was anything but an optical illusion. With more than 800 attendees representing colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as some from overseas, the seventh annual conference was the most successful yet.


Colleges and universities cut food waste by instituting trayless dining, by buying smarter and by other means. But at the end of the day there is still food waste. Increasingly, schools are finding creative ways to deal with it.

"Usually students take as much as they think they can eat," says Nori Yamashita, director of food service operations at the University of Denver (Colo.). "Once they sit down and start to eat, they realize they took too much."

Striking a balance between an open yet secure network remains a challenge for university IT departments. While universities are often on the cutting edge of innovation, they face complications when it comes to enforcing IT policies. In some cases, this has led to staggering data breaches.

With President Obama's 2020 challenge and recent research estimates indicating that by 2018 U.S. employers will require 22 million additional workers with degrees, more Americans are - and will be - heading back to school. Those colleges and universities that proactively position themselves to take advantage of this increase in student demand will be at a substantial competitive advantage when it comes to maximizing their benefit from this higher education explosion. But where, exactly, should they position themselves?

In the higher education world, IT systems and services are more vital than ever for institutions to achieve their goals and satisfy their missions. One vital system in particular is the institutional website. This technology is the online presence for an institution and has become an extraordinary tool for reaching current and prospective students, parents, and alumni and helping them connect with the respective college or university. Without this tool, most institutions would suffer greatly in their efforts to recruit and retain students and build long-term relationships.

Stacks of old job posting binders no longer clutter the center, making it more welcoming to student visitors.

Pierrette Maillet, associate director of annual giving at Southern Polytechnic State University, with just a bit of the paperwork that no longer needs printing.

Employees arriving on campus for Day One can get acquainted with the institution without sitting in an orientation session.

Blackboard, the ubiquitous online course-management tool, is a valuable resource for faculty, staff, and administrators alike. However, its learning outcomes are only as good as the quality of material that faculty members use to build all of their courses on the back end, a typically lengthy process. So when Regent University (Va.) officials decided to add an undergraduate business major and approached the school’s Center for Teaching & Learning in April 2008 to develop and deploy 40 online courses over the next year, CTL staff knew they had to find a different way of doing things.

Thanks to the new system, staff can spend more time assisting students and much less time processing phone requests for meetings.