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Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of the nation’s most prestigious public research institutions. Serving an enrollment of 18,427 full-time undergraduates, and 10,339 graduate students, it goes without saying that controlling costs is a top priority. “Our focus on savings is a big reason for our support of E&I’s programs,” said Mike Durica, Procurement Specialist at Pitt. “We try to use the Cooperative’s contracts whenever possible.”

For the leadership of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), providing a wide variety of dining options has always been an important part of serving the campus community, which is located in the San Fernando Valley. With 38,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, the sheer size of the university could create a big enough challenge by itself, but the demographics of the community make selecting campus restaurants even more daunting.

In an ever more complex and increasingly technical world, administrators and students appreciate simplicity and convenience more than ever. For the leadership of Dallas Baptist University, implementing a new campus commerce solution was an important part of making student services more convenient and efficient. Grey Hoff, assistant vice president for financial affairs at DBU, is committed to creating a campus commerce environment that helps students and parents make the most of their financial investment.

Neither Boston winters, nor downed computers, nor disorganized coeds shall keep residence hall front desks from being manned at Northeastern University. That’s because ScheduleSource takes a lot of the work out of workforce management. Using the Teamwork 3.0 platform, a web-based workforce management application from ScheduleSource, Northeastern’s residence hall access control staff can digitally check their work schedule, or swap or pick up shifts from their computer or smartphone.

A growing number of staff and students are using personal mobile devices to access institutional applications. To protect campus systems, university leaders must figure out how to maintain a separation between school and personal information on devices. This web seminar, originally presented on October 29, 2013, featured mobile industry experts who discussed the challenges and solutions around protecting university systems, including how university data can be isolated, mobile device management, and preserving user device choice.

Along with minimal fees, students want a variety of options for receiving refunds from their higher ed institution. More stringent regulations and public scrutiny are also prompting institution leaders to look at the adequacy of their refund options. This web seminar, originally broadcast on October 10, 2013, addressed the long term trends that are changing the landscape of student refunds, and presenters discussed a new refund disbursement method available from Nelnet Business Solutions that benefits both students and institutions.

“Generation C” is demanding video in all aspects of their lives, including in their learning experiences. Universities ought to harness the power of academic video not only to meet these expectations, but to realize the power of lecture capture, personalized education, and flipped classrooms. In this web seminar, broadcast on August 20, 2013 and hosted by Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown, JD Solomon of University Business presented some findings from a new white paper about how academic video is at a tipping point and what its future looks like.

Communicating with student loan borrowers helps support the successful repayment of loans and can improve an institution’s cohort default rate. If staffing limitations prevent your institution from connecting with your borrowers, partnering with external vendors may be the solution.

Continuing education provides an opportunity for institutions to serve a broader range of students; but meeting these students’ needs and expectations can be a challenge. In this web seminar originally broadcast on Jul 23, 2013, a leader from Emory Continuing Education shared tips for successful practices specifically designed for CE programs, how to leverage software to determine which courses are most profitable, and how the rise of MOOCs will potentially impact continuing education.

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States. To reduce costs across the board, Texas A&M System’s procurement office advocates the use of shared services. In 2010, the university system selected a preferred vendor for all new ECM implementations.