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Computers and internet connectivity continue to become vital across industries, from communications to transportation, medicine, energy, manufacturing, defense, finance and many more. But while this technology has enhanced the features and capabilities of everything from household appliances and cars to medical devices and the electrical grid, there are also serious concerns about the vulnerability of all of this hardware.

University Business and Oracle partnered to explore some of the biggest challenges faced in higher education by surveying college and university business, finance and executive leaders in April 2016. Over 300 leaders responded, who identified some of the challenges they face, described the progress being made in addressing these challenges, and highlighted the extent to which they are turning to cloud computing solutions.

Institutional research is crucial to providing college and university leadership with the data required to make the most informed strategic decisions, across a broad range of areas including admissions, academics, finance, enrollment, retention, staffing, facilities and more. In order for this research to be effective, however, it is also important to have a strategy and process to translate the data gathered into actionable information.

Colleges and universities are facing a wide variety of business and finance challenges, but many are finding creative solutions. To explore these issues, University Business and Oracle partnered to develop and deploy a recent survey of higher ed business and finance leaders about some of the challenges they face, including rising costs, lack of access to strategic data and changing student expectations.

Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to meet enrollment goals, improve retention rates, and shorten time to completion. Predictive analytics can play a crucial role in these efforts by providing insights that guide strategic decision making, improve enrollment management and promote student success.

Wisconsin college employs Third Coast Higher Education for Financial Aid assessment and improvement project

Times of transition are always a good opportunity for evaluating processes in a financial aid office. So when the director of financial aid at Beloit College in Wisconsin took a new position, leadership at the 1,350-student institution decided to examine that department’s business operations.

Colleges and universities are under pressure to provide more flexibility in their learning environments, and offer students and faculty multiple ways to access and deliver content. Video-enabled teaching and learning, taking advantage of cloud-based videoconferencing technology, offers institutions the capability to create innovative blended learning environments and enable collaboration across campus or from anywhere in the world.

Campus cards are a critical component of campus life, serving not only as a student’s identification, but also providing access to facilities, meals, disbursement funds, events and more, interconnecting the institution and the community. New technologies are continually expanding the capabilities of campus cards, including the physical form they take. Institutions have an ever-growing number of options for providing secure and convenient IDs to students, faculty, and staff.

Print marketing is often an opportunity for improvement for higher ed institutions, particularly print mailings.

Document management through Enterprise Content Management (ECM) holds tremendous potential for improving business operations—as well as information security and recordkeeping compliance—by streamlining processes and enabling colleges and universities to do more with less. Meanwhile, paper-heavy environments can lead to wasted time, reduced productivity, risk of data loss or theft and employee frustration.

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