Articles: Operational Efficiencies

10/2014
More institutions are creating energy conversation plans that cover the entire campus rather than just individual buildings.

Conservation on campus is about saving money and electricity at a time of lagging state funding and soaring global demand for power. Worldwide energy use is slated to jump 56 percent by 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

10/2014
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.

Even in this age of tight budgets, college and university leaders are directing funds and attention to the all-important issues of institutional and student success.

10/2014

The University of Baltimore set clear sustainability goals when it began planning its new law school building.

10/2014
Expanded use of technology is at the core of most winning Models of Efficiency initiatives.

Models of Efficiency recognizes institutions exhibiting best practices in their efforts to increase efficiency, improve productivity and leverage existing resources.

09/2014

There exist an endless number of articles, books, blogs, and interviews on the state of higher education (HE) in America.

08/2014
Representatives from nine colleges and universities were recognized at the annual Models of Efficiency awards ceremony during NACUBO. Pictured, left to right: Casey McGuane, Higher One; Matthew Gorzkowicz, University of Massachusetts; Tom Skidmore, Ivy Tech Community College;  Steve Bridges, University of Southern Indiana. Jonathan See, Pepperdine University; Robert Norton, Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University; Wendy Swartz, Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University; Ali Tipu, Houston Com

Once again this July, recent Models of Efficiency honorees were recognized during the NACUBO conference at an awards dinner hosted by Higher One, the program’s sponsor. This year, award recipients were honored at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Seattle.

08/2014

Despite technology’s critical role in higher ed, there remains a gap between central IT and the rest of campus that can lead to unnecessary spending.

08/2014

Our Models of Efficiency award-winners have already proven they can make better use of resources while simultaneously enhancing service. For most honorees, these innovations are the start of a process of continuous improvement that impacts the entire campus community.

08/2014

To confront today’s financial challenges, every college and university needs to create more operational efficiency. Some of these efficiencies start in the business office.

07/2014
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida

For years, new student orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida required the creation of information packets that were labeled with stickers and contained as many as 10 sheets of paper.

07/2014

The remodel of a dining hall at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was going to displace more than 5,000 student mailboxes.

07/2014

Streamlining the awarding and processing of student loans—Federal Perkins as well as institutional loans—began at the Illinois Institute of Technology with a simple question and a frustrating answer.

07/2014
Admissions/Enrollment Management

Historically, Western Michigan University’s 12 on-staff recruiters could visit as many as 40 or 50 high schools in a week and collect up to 1,000 paper cards filled with prospective students’ contact information.

07/2014

As long as there are assignments for college students to research and write, it’s likely there will be copiers and printers to help.

07/2014

Many of Pepperdine University’s administrative offices are located on a campus that sits on a steep, picturesque hilltop in the Southern California beach town of Malibu. Perhaps because of the hike required to reach the offices, intracampus mail delivery is a challenge.

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