Articles: UB Archive

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.).

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.

"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.

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.

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

Can design impact student satisfaction, even when the students are working students unaccustomed to being on a college campus?