From UB

09/2014
Norman Francis of Xavier University is longest-serving university president in the country. He became president in 1968.

The longest-serving university president in the country, Norman Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, will retire after the 2014-15 academic year, nearly 47 years after he took office.

09/2014
The number of students identifying as belonging to a community of color has doubled since Frankin & Marshall College has invested more in need-based aid and phased out merit scholarships.

Financial aid is in a state of flux, but an institution’s size and selectivity offer clues to what kind of student assistance gets prioritized.

09/2014
Human resources specialist Carol Patton says colleges and universities aren't aware of the wide range of their employees' skills.

Consider the accounting clerk who coordinates community events; the help desk manager who moonlights as an exercise coach; or even the campus registrar who is also a freelance writer.

08/2014
The marching  band is a popular activity with international students  at Northern State University in South Dakota.

Colleges and universities are ramping up services for international freshmen and sophomores as administrators increasingly look abroad to further diversify their campuses and to expand enrollment with stud

08/2014
Customers at Binghamton University’s Marketplace can also see the fresh ingredients used in the open-kitchen environment.  A dozen types of food—including everything from burgers to various ethnic dishes—are served in The Marketplace, which also has a Starbucks. Architects: Bearsch Compeau Knudson Architects and Engineers (Binghamton, N.Y.), Connor Architecture (Lexington, Mass.)

Whether it’s purchasing textbooks every semester or meeting daily needs such as meals, snacks or health and beauty aids, students who find the right dining and retail stores on campus have a better college experience

09/2014

Time and again, institutions struggle with properly deploying a new assessment platform. Often that fault lies with the vendor who lacks the knowledge or institutional expertise to provide sound counsel on how it should be accomplished. Take a different approach and it will be a success:

09/2014

At a time when the gulf between liberals and conservatives seems to be wider than ever, there is one topic about which they agree: the reasons for the rising cost of a college education. Why do colleges and universities keep raising tuition, asks Timothy Noah in The New Republic?

08/2014
MOOC SuperText could improve the student experience and reduce costs, a research team says.

“SuperText”—the interactive video and assessments within MOOCs—may be a threat or an opportunity to full-time business schools and MBA programs.

08/2014
For the first time, students are paying, on average, half or more of their tuition’s cost. (Click to enlarge graphic)

Subsidies for public higher ed institutions are the lowest in a decade—and for the first time, students are paying, on average, half or more of their tuition’s cost.

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

Institutions that are successful in preventing loan defaults make it a campuswide effort, according to a recent survey by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).

08/2014
A sampling of sabbatical policies at colleges and universities. (Click to enlarge)

There’s a standard practice in academia that’s highly valued; yet, at many colleges and universities, the policies and procedures surrounding it haven’t changed in decades. Until now.

08/2014

A recent report suggests that while new technologies enable adaptive learning to play a major role in the future of higher ed, most instructors have yet to use the philosophy to its full potential because they are not connecting it with other important innovations.

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