At Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, the importance of enhancing e-learning services was heightened after the devastating effects of Hurricane Rita, which hit the Houston and Beaumont areas in September 2005. To date, the university has spent more than $30 million in recovery efforts.
"We're number one" was once an accurate claim among U.S. education leaders. That is clearly no longer the case, according to "Measuring Up 2006: The National Report Card on Higher Education," released this fall from The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
As they do each fall, college presidents welcome new students with words they hope will inspire, words that will impart some shared wisdom or enlightenment about the journey on which they are about to embark.
Recently I went through a professional transition, leaving a job and a staff I loved to assume greater responsibility and new opportunities. While I was enthusiastic to accept a new challenge, I was proud to have been a part of a great admissions team at a great institution.
Today's universities are enterprises in the true business sense. Perhaps more than commercial organizations, the actions, plans, and management of universities come under the microscope of alumnae, donors, trustees, parents, activists, and the press.