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 Students and staff weighed in on insti-tutional goals via question-based missions.

Emerson College tapped its own Engagement Game Lab to create a series of online missions that allow students, faculty, staff and alumni to share ideas about the goals President Lee Pelton has set for the Boston school.

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, led a team that created a new graduate applied sciences campus in New York City.

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, has been named president of the University of Florida.

Fuchs developed Cornell’s strategic plan for achieving academic preeminence as one of the world’s top 10 universities; launched a university-wide reimagining initiative that enhanced Cornell’s academic stature; and led a team and a strategy that resulted in the creation of a new graduate applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

University Business magazine will publish a special edition in January examining the trends that will influence higher education in 2015.

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UBThrive sessions will focus on key themes of growth and organizational structure as they relate to executive leadership, the student experience, operational efficiency and finance.

Anyone on campus interested in learning how to launch innovative programs around student and institutional success will want to attend UBThrive, a conference launching in 2015. From June 15 to 17 in Orlando, higher ed leaders will have the opportunity to hear from peers who are creatively fostering success on campus.

Simmons College President Helen Drinan worked in the corporate before moving to higher education.

Helen Drinan is nothing if not outspoken. The president of Simmons College is a strong advocate of women’s rights, diversity and equal opportunity. Coming from a corporate background where she often had to stand up for herself in a male-dominated environment, Drinan pulls no punches when pointing out higher education’s shortcomings.

As second-ranking officer at the University Southern Calfornia, Elizabeth Garrett oversees 18 professional schools.

Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, has been named the first female and 13th president of Cornell University.

Garrett will assume the post in July, when David J. Skorton leaves to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As USC’s second-ranking officer, Garrett oversees 18 professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, research, libraries, information technology services, student religious life and enrollment services.

ed a teaching winery and two winery incubators that provide jobs to students as they learn a craft related to a well-established local industry.

The mission of the community college has expanded to include spurring economic development, serving as a cultural center and improving the quality of life for the surrounding community. While positive town-gown relations have long been pivotal for these institutions, the decline in state funding across the country has increased the pressure to demonstrate value to the public.

Paula V. Smith is a professor of English and director of the Purposeful Risk Engagement Project at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Is enterprise risk management worth the effort? What’s gained by evaluating top risks across an entire college or university?

A recent survey of 921 higher education leaders found a “conflicted” attitude toward comprehensive risk programs. Academic leaders say that ERM is an institutional priority, yet many of them don’t follow through. At Grinnell, we examined risks across the institution and found these seven methods of ERM can help a campus learn to engage with risk in productive and creative ways.

Student success and retention, along with recruitment and enrollment, lead the way among the many areas that will see a fresh commitment of funding and other resources over the next 18 months.

Colleges and universities of all types and sizes are planning new investments in virtually all areas of operations as economic recovery entrenches itself in higher education, according to a University Business survey of campus leaders.

Norman Francis of Xavier University is longest-serving university president in the country. He became president in 1968.

The longest-serving university president in the country, Norman Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, will retire after the 2014-15 academic year, nearly 47 years after he took office.

University of Texas graduate Admiral William H. McRaven is currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command

The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, to take over as chancellor in January 2015.

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

The setting was big, the company was good and the technology talk was buzzing at this year’s UBTech Conference, held June 16 to 18 at The Mirage Las Vegas.

And based on the feedback from our 1,273 attendees, the “Technology Changes Everything” tagline will be put into practice as administrators and educators from the more than 500 institutions represented at the event share information and propose projects and programs back on their own campuses.

Tough economic times are forcing campus CFOs to expand their roles.

Rising operating costs, unstable revenue streams and continued tough economic times are forcing the campus CFO’s role to grow, say higher ed presidents surveyed by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

In the report, 14 presidents from a mix of public and private institutions of all sizes commented on today’s financial pressures.

Click to enlarge: UBTech 2014 racked up big numbers in attendees and activities. (Graphic: Rebecca Eller)

The accompanying infographic provides some of the key numbers for UBTech 2014, which took place in June at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

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