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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.

In her capacity as education program strategist for Laserfiche, Linda Ding has worked with universities and colleges across the country helping them implement more efficient information-management processes. Agile Campus spoke with Ding about what institutions can do to meet this objective while honing their competitive edge.

Higher ed institutions are looking for ways to move from paper-based to digital systems and to create accessible, centralized information repositories. As a result, they are increasingly using Enterprise Content Management as a way to achieve back-office efficiencies.

At one respected university located in the Northeast, becoming one of the leading recipients of federal research and development funds had profoundly benefited the institution. But, managing post-award research projects and grants—particularly the financial end—had become a labor-intensive, time-consuming process that kept researchers from, well, research.

Non-traditional learners, the move away from education based on ‘seat time’ and the increase of students who expect options from their institution are all shaping the way admissions offices find and recruit students. This web seminar, originally broadcast on June 25, 2013, featured experts from Blackboard Education Services, who discussed these trends, as well as best practices and strategies admissions staff can employ to meet the challenges of this new era.

Mobile applications are on the rise as the method for communicating with a university’s expansive audience. Though apps have the potential to deliver content in a new, dynamic way, many higher ed leaders are unsure how to best deploy an effective mobile app strategy. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 7, 2013, addressed how the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was able to successfully release an effective app for its campus community.

Game days at university campuses tend to generate a large amount of waste, which is costly to the environment and the institution. To demonstrate its devotion to sustainability, the University of Arizona partnered with Waste Management to implement an extensive recycling program at its football stadium during the 2012 season, successfully diverting over 25 tons of trash from the landfill.

Employing resource management software (RMS) can help higher education institutions maximize A/V, financial, and personnel resources. Additionally, the automation provided by RMS can increase A/V equipment efficiency. This web seminar, originally broadcast on April 9, 2013, was the final in the three-part “Automate Innovation” series and focused on how the University of Minnesota centrally controls its A/V hardware, maximizes sustainability, and improves efficiency through RMS.

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“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 hosted by Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown and originally presented on August 20, 2013, 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.

In light of President Obama’s recent speech outlining his goals for higher education, the need to become more transparent, accountable and efficient has become particularly acute for those charged with managing student financial aid, says Linda Ding, education program strategist for Laserfiche.

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