From UB

Located adjacent to the University of Notre Dame (Ind.) campus, Raclin-Carmichael Hall was built through a partnership that benefits two institutions and the greater community, which faces a shortage of doctors.

Little did I know that, when I received my acceptance letter from Western Michigan University on October 21, 1989, as a 17-year-old, there would be more to this letter than just my welcome into college.

In today's competitive higher education environment, a college or a university cannot be seen as just another good institution in a landscape filled with many other similar entities--some a little stronger, others a bit weaker.

By any measure, the cost of financing a higher education has soared over the past two decades.

As vice president for Information Technology and CIO of Ball State University (Ind.), H. O'Neal Smitherman has a knack for seeing the big picture before anyone else does. Smitherman keeps a close eye on smart classroom and distance learning technology.

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