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Sustainable game days: How colleges can green sports programs

New report highlights successful efforts at campuses across the country

What’s one way to please students, engage an entire campus community, and save money all while helping protect the environment?

The answer is greening sports programs, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in its new report, “Collegiate Game Changers.”

When including faculty of color, policies aren’t enough

Policies and practices to create diversity exist, but they don’t seem to be functioning sufficiently, study says

Subordinated and marginalized. That’s how faculty of color at community colleges are feeling.

Enrollments plummet, worries grow in higher education

Census numbers have revealed that colleges and universities lost half a million students in 2012

More higher ed leaders are concerned about maintaining enrollment levels at the same time Census numbers have revealed that colleges and universities lost half a million students in 2012. A drop-off had been anticipated for some time, but now institutions must scramble to manage.

University of North Carolina urged to restore academic-athletic balance

Panel says UNC-Chapel Hill, because of its academic stature and athletic success, can take a leading role.

After several years of well-publicized scandals in the athletics programs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a new report by the Association of American Universities (AAU) urges UNC to put as much energy into academics as it does into winning national championships.

LinkedIn can recruit students, connect them with alumni

LinkedIn’s University Pages add powerful networking platform for current and future alumni

Higher ed has a new recruitment tool available with LinkedIn’s University Pages, which not only promote a school, but add a powerful networking platform for current and future alumni.

“A LinkedIn University Page includes all the things that touch a university in one space,” says John Hill, LinkedIn’s higher education evangelist. “It’s rich media, so it can have videos, imagery, blog posts, and so on.”

Self-service stores a growing campus trend

Shop24 is a self-contained, automated convenience store that sells snacks, freshly food, home goods, beauty aids, and technology items

To meet the modern college student’s need for late-night munchies or grocery items, self-service vending stores have begun popping up on some campuses. One of the newest such store is SUNY Old Westbury’s Shop24, which opened this fall and serves the campus’ 4,400 students.

Presidents fight back on research cuts

More than 165 college and university presidents have signed an open letter coordinated by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

More than 165 college and university presidents have asked President Obama and Congress to help close the “innovation deficit.” In an open letter coordinated by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the presidents urge them not to cut additional research and education discretionary spending. By coining the phrase “innovation deficit,” they hope to spark national and local conversations.

Campuses wade into Affordable Care Act changes

Results from the 2013 “Employee Health Benefits in Higher Education Survey.”

Campus HR directors have begun taking action on health benefits changes spurred by the Affordable Care Act, but major uncertainties remain as they cope with the legislation. Hence, when CUPA-HR put together its 2013 “Employee Health Benefits in Higher Education Survey,” the Act got its own section.

New law helps prepare NY students for fires

The Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act requires NY schools to give every student written information about fire safety in residence halls and off-campus housing

New York public and private colleges are now required to give every student written information about fire safety in residence halls and off-campus housing. Known as the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act, it was named after one of three victims of the deadly fire that burned through a privately owned housing unit near the campus of Marist College in January 2012.

Student loan legislation may help colleges explain aid

Interest rates will be in line with market

There’s been much buzz about what the new student loan legislation means for students. It lowered interest rates and made borrowing more affordable in the short term, but how will it affect colleges and universities?

Signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 9 after a summer of negotiations, the bill allows undergraduates to borrow at a 3.9 percent rate for subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans.

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