Articles: Enrollment & Retention

01/2014
The orange ceiling panels in the Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University (Mo.) create a solid catwalk flooring to ensure maximum student/staff safety for this theater space, which the campus shares with The Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis and the St. Louis Opera Company.

The top trend in college performance spaces today is the flexibility being built into them.

01/2014
Marc C. Whitt is the associate vice president for public relations and chief communications officer at Eastern Kentucky University.

As one who enjoys reading history, I often ponder those moments of missed opportunity by myopic individuals or organizations. History is rife with such tales.

01/2014
Part-time students and their needs need not get lost when continuing education gets decentralized. Fairfield U reaches out to its part-timers, many of whom have young children, with events such as the Halloween-themed “Night at the Museum,” held this fall on campus at the Bellarmine Art Museum.

With funding cuts, falling enrollments and increased competition from MOOCs and other low-cost online programs, higher education has been under enormous pressure in recent years.

01/2014
Connecting to four of Saint Michael’s dorms, the Dion Family Student Center’s interior passageways provide comfortable access to the facility during the winter months.

Located in the heart of campus at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, the 40,000-square-foot Dion Family Student Center offers a centralized space, housing a variety of student services. Nearly half the student population can access the center right from their dorms.

01/2014
The Loyola platform is a one-stop shop for tracking and spending points.

“Engage with the career center” sounds a bit like “eat your vegetables” to a college student.

01/2014
Jacqueline Gregory is director of enrollment management marketing for RuffaloCODY.

These days, institutions can’t say they fully “control” their recruitment and enrollment process—but they can adjust to how prospective students and their families are navigating it.

01/2014

In the epic Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss learns that to survive, it is not enough to know where to be—it is just as important to know where not to be. For higher education, this means knowing what programs to curtail, and what markets to stay out of.

01/2014
Stephen Madigosky is a professor of environmental science at Widener University in Chester, Pa.

I live in a world of lectures, faculty meetings and final exams. For my environmental science students and me at Widener University in Chester, Pa., however, it’s also a world of hands-on research on a butterfly farm in Costa Rica, or experiential learning in the rainforests of Peru.

01/2014

How an institution labels its continuing education division often reflects its mission or goals. Below are some examples of terminology used in the field—and insight into why each institution made that choice.

01/2014

The high and rising cost of education, coupled with a vast range of low-cost options flooding the marketplace, has impelled much of higher education into an “adapt or die” mindset. This is relatively uncharted territory for many institutions.

12/2013
 Today, preparing for a course may require students to gather a wide variety of resources, both printed and digital.

Preparing to take a college-level course once meant simply heading to the campus bookstore and purchasing the textbook.

12/2013

When life gets in the way, community college students often “stop out,” meaning they put their education on hold with the intention to return and complete a degree.

12/2013
Karine Joly says digital content is now the currency for search, social networking and even advertising.

What will 2014 bring to the digital field in higher ed? That’s the million dollar question at the start of this new year. Unfortunately, charting a precise course for success over the next 12 months isn’t possible.

12/2013

More college students are using their smartphones as a study tool even though the internet and activities like texting were cited as the biggest distractions to hitting the books, according to a new study by McGraw-H

12/2013

Not everyone on campus is ready to use e-books, video lectures and other digital learning materials. But the campus bookstore can help in the adoption of new technology.

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