Articles: UB Archive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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