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As more business documents are converted to digital files – and mobile information access becomes a way of life for the students, faculty and staff of the millennial generation – innovative institutions are going beyond simple paperless operations. They are exploring creative ways to automate, optimize and transform business processes for student success and operational efficiency.

The leadership team at Sam Houston State University has created an award-winning professional development program for its staff aimed at maximizing employee potential and enhancing effective leadership, as part of the university’s strategic goal to foster “a lifelong learning environment in support of a diverse faculty and staff who are excellent scholars, educators and professionals.” What does it take to build an award-winning program from the ground up? And how do you do it with a small staff and a lean budget?

Nicole Nesrsta

The notion of doing more with less—less budget, less time, fewer resources—has been the mantra in many IT departments for some time. But the institution leaders gathering at this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference are now more concerned with: “How can I do something different to get more value with the resources I have?”

Nelnet Tuition Payment Plans improve student experience at four University of Colorado campuses

In an effort to best serve a population of over 60,000 students on four campuses, business office leaders across the University of Colorado system (CU) recently decided to evaluate their options to determine if a more efficient payment plan solution existed

Chuck McGinnis

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and many other Gulf coast communities. Homes destroyed. Businesses underwater. Tulane University’s uptown and downtown campuses were flooded, dispersing students, faculty and staff around the country. Yet, within months the university opened its doors to more than 12,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff for the spring semester.

Barnes & Noble College and Why Millennials Matter recently partnered for a study that explored topics such as internships, career choice and influencers, the job search process, career expectations, and perceptions about what skills and experiences are desired by companies today. This web seminar, originally broadcast on July 17, 2015, shared insights on opportunities to help institutions achieve their goals in recruitment, retention and career placement, as well as presented strategies to bridge the gap between what students have and what employers want.

Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to maintain enrollment, increase student retention and ensure student success. Predictive analytics can play a crucial role in these efforts at institutions of any size, by providing actionable data that can drive more effective strategic decision-making.

Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to boost retention and completion rates, and national research has shown that students who are highly engaged on campus are more apt to graduate. By using student data and predictive analytics effectively, institutions can improve retention rates by identifying students needing early intervention and proactively helping them succeed.

Clay Wahl

Follett Higher Education Group continues to meet the needs of campus communities by staying on the pulse of what professors adopt and how college students acquire course materials, as well as on the latest classroom technologies and other retail environments. We translate these insights into custom operating plans that transform the campus retail experience. Leveraging Follett’s market leadership presence and expertise in education and retail, we are uniquely capable of delivering the right solutions and products to drive not only access and affordability but also student success.

Sanjay Srivastava

Coding has become a part of how basic literacy will be defined for the next generation. We predict that the number of opportunities available in coding-related jobs is only going to grow as more and more of society moves to digital platforms. Coding instruction has already extended beyond Computer Science into Statistics, Computational Biology and Business Administration.

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