From UB

11/2013

Securing a large college or university campus—really a city within a city—is a daunting task. Many campus police departments are stretched thin dealing with crimes ranging from burglary to sexual assault, leaving them the resources to act only after a crime as been reported.

11/2013

I grew up in a small Italian neighborhood on the east side of Buffalo, NY. So, when the word “MOOC” raged into the education lexicon, I had to laugh. My young friends and I used to call some of our undesirable neighborhood cohorts “MOOKs”- pronounced the same but spelled with a K instead of a C.

11/2013

Five years ago, there were no universities offering an undergraduate major in robotics. Today, “robotics is a high-growth area,” says Mike Gennert, the director of the Robotics Engineering Program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a 5,700-student university in Massachusetts.

11/2013

For years, educators have recognized that children playing with LEGOs exhibit a natural talent in problem-solving and creativity.

10/2013

Any institution building a new compensation system must have adequate resources—including staff— to complete the project within a reasonable time frame, says Lynne Hammond, assistant vice president, human resources at Auburn University in Alabama.

10/2013

Because today’s bachelor’s degree no longer conveys sufficient information about the skills graduating seniors possess, there is a market failure that affects employers, students, and colleges.

10/2013
The Learning Commons: Serving as a front door, the learning commons area was central to the design of the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library renovation. It spans from the main entrance to the grand central staircase and its sweeping red wall—providing primary library services as well as space for learning, working, and collaborating.

Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits. Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.

10/2013
Flood insurance subsidies for colleges and universities located in federally-designated flood zones ended on Oct. 1

An ocean view may make campus tours scenic, but when it comes to flood insurance, coastal institutions will soon face a deluge of bills. Flood insurance subsidies for colleges and universities located in federally-designated flood zones ended on Oct.

10/2013
As colleges come out of the recession, many are now expected to make up for years of stagnant salaries

When the topic of higher ed salaries draws public attention, more often than not the focus is on presidents or football coaches.

10/2013

Ask and you shall receive. Ask enough times, and others may receive as well.

10/2013

As more higher ed institutions develop reverse-transfer agreements, these partnerships “offer great opportunities for the institutions to share data” for mutual benefits, says Dennis Day, vice president for student success and engagement at Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

10/2013

Like most state universities in Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has entered into several reverse-transfer agreements with community colleges in recent years.

10/2013
Higher ed leaders are enhancing orientations to bring adjuncts to campus who are more likely to improve student outcomes.

An email from the department chair with a building and classroom number, a schedule, a syllabus, and instructions for getting a parking permit is about all the orientation many adjuncts receive before arriving on campus to teach their first class.

10/2013
  1. Pay adjuncts for attending the orientation session
  2. Invite adjuncts on staff to participate
10/2013

As leaders at some institutions have realized, it’s not enough to offer just an orientation for adjuncts. Additional training and support after the initial orientation has ended is good practice.

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