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A small proportion of higher education institutions in the U.S. command a majority of international student enrollment. While 108 doctorate-granting universities enroll just 11 percent of all students in the country, they enroll some 44 percent of all international students. What explains this trajectory of so many international students toward a small number of institutions?

Bill Dampier, President & Chief Operating Officer at MBS Direct

How is content changing in terms of diversity and affordability on campuses?
“Content” used to be more narrow in scope, and referred pretty much exclusively to print textbooks. Today content can mean a wide variety of products, from traditional texts to interactive software. Content can come in a print or digital form, and be sold new or used. There are also new, open-source models that can provide access to everyone in a class at a low cost or for free. The products themselves are changing, in addition to the types of content.

An estimated 11 percent of undergraduate students on campuses today have a disability. Ensuring that these students have equal access to technology is a complex challenge, requiring a coordinated effort across campus departments. Universities must maintain compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, which is considered the standard for measuring web accessibility.

Student success and improving retention rates have become high priorities in higher education. Given significant breadth in definitions, context, programming, funding, and other key factors, what is most important to consider when it comes to student success and retention efforts?

Tom Fitzgerald,  CEO,  E&I Cooperative Services, Inc.

As the financial pressure in higher education continues to mount, and revenues continue to be challenged, all higher ed institutions are being forced to look internally to find effective ways to save. The safety net once provided by state funds, appropriations, gifts, high returns and tuition increases have been ripped away. The reality is, institutions must learn to sustain themselves. 

Samford University—a private, faith-based institution in Birmingham, Alabama—offers more than 30 health-related degrees through its College of Health Sciences and expects to add 5,000 students there by 2020.

Greencastle, Indiana is home to a unique blend of industrial and commercial businesses as well as a top ranking private liberal arts college – DePauw University.

Research shows that each generation sees more value in a college education than the one before. Even with the rising cost of higher education, this next generation of college students—Generation Z—is no exception. However, Gen Z does have different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations. Colleges and universities need to have a solid understanding of this generation in order to meet their expectations and, ultimately, enhance recruitment and retention.

Students today want more options when it comes to their refunds, and institutions are looking for disbursement methods that limit students’ exposure to fees. In addition, the increased scrutiny and mounting regulatory pressure regarding student refunds disbursement is creating an even greater need for higher ed leaders to reexamine the refund processes at their institution.

Proven reliability of contactless, more reasonable card costs, and equipment subjected to less wear and tear

When Quinnipiac University’s aging door readers had outlived their usefulness, Sandip Patel, financial systems specialist, and John Meriano, associate vice president for auxiliary services, knew they had reached a turning point with its QCard campus card system. 

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