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Energy efficiency must be a focus in order for institutions to be successful

Savvy business decisions play a role in making campus sustainability a reality Stephen C. Head, CEO, Lone Star College System

What is the value to institutions in making energy efficiency a priority?

The Benefits of Google for Education in Higher Ed

Google for Education tools can foster collaboration and benefit learning on campus

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina has undertaken an ambitious technology strategy across the institution to simplify the student experience, increase access to technology for students regardless of socioeconomic status and enable access to multiple tools that students will use later in the workforce. Key to these initiatives has been implementing Google Apps for Education as part of an overall cloud strategy.

Improve business operations strategically through enterprise content management

To make a positive impact on student success, go beyond digitizing paper files

Linda Ding, Education Program Strategist, Laserfiche

Transforming the Future Through Effective Cost Management

Increased Financial Pressures Call for a Greater Emphasis on Controlling Spend in Higher Education

Tom Fitzgerald, CEO, E&I Cooperative Services

Developing A Holistic Approach to Student Loan Debt Management

Implementing a comprehensive financial literacy program on campus contributes to student success

USA Funds and Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada have partnered to promote a holistic approach to student loan debt management. The partnership has included implementing a financial literacy curriculum and peer counselors for TMCC students, communicating to student loan borrowers to promote successful loan repayment, applying analytics to better target outreach to borrowers, and launching an institution-wide “college completion” summit.

Increasing the value proposition of higher education is a must for institutional success

Focus on the future by creating positive student perceptions, using technology and budget dollars wisely, and addressing the impact of rising tuition costs

What are the main concerns students and the community have concerning the affordability of higher education?
There are two major concerns that seem to be the most popular worries of students and the general public.

Institutions must adapt new strategies to meet new consumer expectations

A lack of willingness to embrace change can threaten a university’s existence, says Steve Fireng, CEO, PlattForm

What are the biggest challenges facing higher education as a business?
There are a few challenges that institutions face today. For such a long time, many were in a continuous growth pattern, developing new programs and online programs for receptive audiences. That certainly is not the case today. Many institutions are experiencing flat enrollment and some are seeing it decline. It is a market share game, in that there is not a tremendous amount of new students looking for an education as there was in past years. 

Utilizing an online bookstore expands service, capacity and capabilities

As students desire more options, buying textbooks and materials on the web affords more convenience and savings potential

When does an online bookstore make sense?
Most bookstores that are on campus are threatened by external competition. Students are already shopping around for the best value when acquiring their course materials. It has become more difficult to meet their expectations. Many want lower-cost alternatives to new and used, such as rental, digital and marketplace options. If textbook sales are steadily declining at the physical bookstore, institution leaders may want to look at replacing the location with an online bookstore. Or maybe it makes sense to expand spiritwear and convenience items in the physical store, and for the sake of space, margin and overhead, to move textbooks online. 

How Bloomsburg University Achieved Campus-Wide Video Capture

The right video technology can create a searchable video archive, rich lecture-capture content and enable long-distance learning

Faculty and students at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania have been using Mediasite technology for six years to record lectures for flipped instruction, classroom projects and special guests. The events are recorded and automatically fed into a video management and creation platform, My Mediasite. Some classrooms are equipped with multiple cameras to capture a fully immersive, multi-angle video experience to deepen engagement, whether the video is live or on-demand.

Meeting the New PCI Standards in Higher Ed

Keys to meeting the new level of standards for campus data security

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was developed to encourage and enhance cardholder data security and to facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures globally. The PCI DSS has just been updated to version 3.0, effective January 1, 2014. Some of the changes have far-reaching impacts, and the new version also includes many clarifications, real-life examples and flexibility built-in to enable college and university departments to meet the intent of the requirements.