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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.

Click to enlarge the graphic to find stats for number of attendees, number of sessions and cups of coffee consumed -- and more. And don't forget to share our graphic on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. We all know a captivating image boosts the power of our posts. 

Shirley Mullen is president of Houghton College (N.Y.).

Higher education is in the dock in 2014. The questions are flying:

Why does it cost so much? Why does it cost more each year?

Why do so many students not finish? Why can’t they get good jobs? Why is it not equally accessible to all?

Why is it not doing a better job training teachers for K12?

What do we have to show for the trillion dollars in student loan debt? Who will repay it?

New Oakland University President George W. Hynd formerly served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the College of Charleston.

George W. Hynd has been named the sixth president of Oakland University (Mich.), succeeding Betty J. Youngblood, interim president since July 2013.

Some see the three year baccalaureate as a fad which will ultimately dilute the depth, breadth, and rigor of the true college learning and living experience. Other commentators see the accelerated credentials megatrend as the natural outcome of decades of degree inflation.

Think about the fact that an associate’s degree is no longer the coin of the realm in contemporary American higher education, business, and industry. In fact, in the current economy, one wonders whether four years is too long for a bachelors degree? Enter the three year baccalaureate.

Exploring the shore: Roger Williams University has found a new source of revenue in tapping its scenic waterfront campus to  expand its once tiny summer programs. (Photo: Peter Silvia)<p>

Five years after the Great Recession’s official end, higher ed endowments and fundraising are finally recovering, but there is no rising financial tide that’s lifting all boats—especially smaller ones that depend heavily on tuition.

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine.

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine, where he has been president since 2011.

Ferguson led a comprehensive strategic planning process there called “The Blue Sky Project,” which focused on transforming both the undergraduate and graduate student experience. He begins his new tenure on Aug. 1, replacing President Jo Ann Gora, who retired on June 30.

Other people news:

Cultivating a campus culture that embodies both global diversity and interconnectivity should be central to the mission of universities today. Reminders persist that our current environment and economy are not confined to our immediate geographic surroundings. Modern-day technologies, transportation, international trade, and politics significantly diminish distances that used to seem great.

When Ohio State students requested a campus life mobile app, Steve Fischer, director of web and mobile apps (standing, left) and his team collaborated on the project that made it happen.

In today’s higher ed world, no department can work in a vacuum, least of all IT. From understanding the business plan to knowing how a web page or application will be used and by whom before it is designed and built, the days of CIOs and their teams working independently are gone.

IT administrators are spending more time than ever before collaborating with other departments to ensure there is a clear understanding of a project’s mission and to generate a more successful outcome.

Paul R. Brown is president of Monmouth University in New Jersey.

It would be very easy to be jaded about the future of higher education if it were not for the fact that those who serve this industry view it as a calling.

Sociology professor Howard L. Nixon is the author of "The Athletic Trap: How College Sports Corrupted the Academy"

College sports has long had its share of scandals, including rape charges against players and coaches, illegal payments to athletes, academic fraud and point shaving, to name a few.

New Akron President Scott L. Scarborough will leave his post as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo.

The University of Akron in Ohio has selected Scott L. Scarborough, now provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo, as its next president.

At UT, he directed the development of a new strategic plan, “Imagine 2017,” and organized a system of “portal colleges” designed to meet the needs of meet the needs of a range of nontraditional students with a variety of academic backgrounds.

Scarborough will assume the presidency on July 1, replacing Luis Proenza, who is stepping down after 15 years.

Other people news:

It would be very easy to be jaded about the future of higher education if it were not for the fact that those of who serve this industry view it as a calling. We know that we can make a difference in the lives of our students and in society. We try to do the very best for our students while addressing the issues of the day through our research and community outreach. Not a bad calling, in my view, and why with great pride I have spent my adult life in the academy serving four institutions over the past thirty years as a faculty member, administrator and now university president.

A pervasive “because we have to” approach to higher education accreditation is contributing to the growing crisis of confidence in the value of college and the degrees it bestows. When faculty and higher education leaders declare “we complied,” it’s probably not good enough.

Laurie Glimcher, the first female dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, received the 2014 North American recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.

A March report commissioned by the cosmetics company L’Oréal focused on the disproportionate role of women in science. In a nation that prides itself on scientific achievement, the report reveals, less than a third of women actually enter the field, and even fewer graduate and go on to careers.