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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

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

There are two major concerns that seem to be the most popular worries of students and the general public: The rising cost of tuition and student debt.

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

Reducing Cohort Default Rates Through Outreach and Education

A detailed plan is necessary for identifying and helping students at risk of loan default

Student loan default can affect an entire campus, as high default rates negatively impact an institution’s federal funding. Therefore, it is essential to keep cohort default rates as low as possible. The right education and communication strategies can help borrowers gain the financial skills necessary to avoid default. This web seminar, originally broadcast on February 25, 2014, featured a financial aid director, who discussed how her institution overhauled student borrower outreach with the help of the right vendor partner.

Creating Effective Default Prevention Strategies

Maintaining frequent borrower contact is essential to reducing an institution’s cohort default rate

Identifying students who are at risk of student loan default and establishing ongoing communication with those students are two key strategies for minimizing borrower default. Financial aid administrators should include these strategies and more in their default prevention programs, so borrowers are aware of their repayment options and less likely to default. This web seminar, originally broadcast on January 28, 2014, featured administrators from two institutions. They described the tools and strategies they have employed to curb loan defaults.

New projector technology changes paradigm of classroom AV management

The University of Minnesota installs new Sony laser projectors

As one of the nation’s largest public institutions, the University of Minnesota includes some 65,000 students on five campuses across the state, with its main campus in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In the year 2000, the leadership of the university began an ambitious plan to install video projectors in all 325 centrally scheduled classrooms and nearly 200 departmental classrooms on campus. Today, all classrooms have projectors installed, and they are maintained by the university’s Classroom Technical Services, which installs and maintains all classroom AV equipment on campus.

Transforming the Bookstore to Maximize Revenue Opportunities

Utilize student, faculty and alumni feedback to enhance the campus bookstore experience

As the academic retail industry faces unprecedented changes in student behavior and rapid advances in technology, campus bookstores need to rise above the transaction. Today’s campus bookstores must focus on delivering a superior experience that supports and celebrates the cultural and academic aspirations of students, faculty and alumni.

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