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The Retention Mentors team, based at various locations across campus, have contact - but not overcontact - with at-risk students to help provide assistance as needed and keep them in school.

Because of the smooth aid award eligibility process, students can concentrate on the business of getting to campus and getting housing, books, and other details in order.

Last month's End Note featured a president who lived among students for an overnight. Here is the perspective of another president who has lived as a student for a day?and who allows a student to sit at his desk for that day.

These are challenging times for higher education and the families that engage it. Colleges and universities are trying to preserve access and programming. Additionally, the economic crisis has stretched the budgets of many families, causing them to question more than ever before the possibility of sending their children to a liberal arts college where practicality and return on investment are not as immediately intuitive as they might appear to be at more pre-professionally and vocationally-driven institutions. Without a doubt, these are hard times for many liberal arts colleges.

Campus card technology is a fast-changing world. From the early days of magnetic strips to the RFID tags and "smart chips" of today, cards have evolved into intelligent, multi-purpose tools that make campus life safer and more convenient. Based on current industry trends, here are 10 predictions for the future of campus card technology.

In the summer of 2004, as athletes from around the world converged in Athens for the Olympic Games, another Olympian venture was taking place half a world away at George Mason University (Va.). Just as the ancient Greeks had formed academies of higher learning, George Mason University's Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering embarked on an ambitious plan to create a world-class curriculum to train the "architects of the networked future."

Summer is typically a time for relaxing—for most people. In higher education, no one rests for long. Running an institution is often just as time-consuming and intense as at any time of the year, and this summer seems to be more turbulent than ever. As many institutions continue to face the dual problems of booming enrollments and deeper cuts, they must also contend with myriad other issues brought on by new federal regulations in student aid, institutional funding, and health care.

"One of the primary challenges facing any community college is that there are many more students than parking spaces," says Eric Glohr, director of auxiliary services for Lansing Community College (Mich.) And while this has long been a fact of life for administrators, that challenge has grown significantly in recent years. Rising education costs have led many students to enroll in community colleges. In fact, a lot of these institutions are reporting double-digit increases in enrollment.

In today's difficult economy, colleges and universities are suffering like they never have before. Fundraising levels have dropped dramatically, and the amount donated annually by supporters is roughly half of what it was a few years ago. Endowments are suffering, which impacts schools' ability to support students and programs. In addition, with federal and state budget cuts also running rampant, faculty and staff are being laid off, regardless of their credentials and ability.

When competing for top students, many colleges are finding that offering merit awards or generous need-based packages is no longer enough to win the day. Academically successful students typically have multiple offers from which to choose. So, all things being equal when it comes to financial aid, how does a college compete for the best and the brightest? Here are four ideas for sweetening the offer to the student that everybody wants—because it's not just about money anymore.

So many choices, so many decisions. Campus HR professionals face decisions about how to enhance their technology systems to streamline business processes. Purchase new software or tweak existing HR modules? Help vendors build a compatible interface for a program or design it in-house?

Greening doesn't have to be costly. Working with students and associates who have an interest in sustainability and greening can generate many, many ideas. Any initiative that supports learning or diverts normal waste to innovative channels is a green initiative. Something as simple as creating a collection point for discarded electronics to be sent to a credible recycling location counts. The following are tips from schools managed by Parkhurst Dining on how to keep the green cost low.

When there's an opportunity to convert a hotel into student housing, should officials pursue it?

A hotel building can be turned into a housing solution due to having similar amenities - including bedrooms, dining rooms, and bathrooms - found in traditional residence halls. It can provide an immediate solution when an institution is in dire need of quick housing due to a sudden spurt in enrollment before the school year starts.

Can design impact student satisfaction, even when the students are working students unaccustomed to being on a college campus? West Coast University (WCU), a private, post-secondary institution offering intense, hands-on education to students interested in healthcare careers, recognized that a better campus experience could be a positive factor in recruitment, retention, and overall student success.