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Three universities win AMX Innovation Awards for transformative uses of technology

Winners enabled seamless collaboration, reduced costs and enhanced teaching and learning
Three higher ed institutions have been recognized for their innovative uses of technology by the judges of the 2012 AMX Innovation Awards. The Stanford University School of Medicine, the Academic Technologies department of George Washington University, and the Wake Forest Schools of Business have been named this year’s winners.

Shaping the future of math curriculum through adaptive technology

Student-centered ALEKS system helps drive improvement in Kent State’s remedial math programs
Many institutions across the country are struggling with student preparedness and retention rates within their math departments. A large portion of these schools are looking to redesign their curriculum to address these issues. Research has shown that subjective methods of math placement often result in over- or under-placement of incoming students, resulting in high failure and drop rates.

Challenges of managing absenteeism in higher education

Manual practices and an honor system are costing higher education $451 million per year
What’s the real impact of employee absenteeism on your institution? In a recent study of colleges and universities, 53 percent of respondents said they rely on manual processes like three-part leave slips and handwritten time sheets to track and approve time and absence. Consequences include human error and the potential for erroneous absence tracking. But inaccurate time tracking also impacts productivity, FMLA compliance, revenue, and pay-outs upon separation or retirement.

How to improve and streamline your campus messaging and notifications

Two Oklahoma universities use Rave Campus Messenger from AT&T to reach out and touch students on mobile devices
When it comes to notifying your students, faculty, and staff about important campus issues and events, you can’t rely on just texting or email. Effective notification platforms also use voice recordings, Facebook and Twitter posts, RSS feeds, and digital signage. But how do you implement a single, centralized notification system that offers connectivity and control of all these communication channels?

Flexible software platform helps Hofstra University’s continuing ed division soar

Higher Reach by Jenzabar streamlines marketing efforts, student registrations, financial processes and reports
In the olden days—prior to April 2011—reconciling financial information at Hofstra University’s Continuing Education division was labor-intensive and time-consuming.
Today, the system is streamlined and general ledger reconciliation is seamless, thanks to Higher Reach by Jenzabar, a leading continuing education software platform.

The Connected Campus: Learning Spaces Beyond the Classroom

AMX technology drives improvements in training tomorrow’s vets at the University of Florida
The uses for AV technologies in higher ed aren’t limited to traditional classrooms. At the University of Florida’s new three-story, 100,000 square-foot veterinary teaching hospital, an integrated AV network is woven into the fabric of the building. In this University Business web seminar, originally presented on May 22, 2012, David John, safety and security supervisor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, discussed how the hospital is using its AV network to improve patient care as well as the learning experience for students.

Laserfiche + Microsoft SharePoint = more than the sum of its parts

It's all very well and good to talk about the need to do more with less—as if this necessity has escaped anyone's attention these days. But how exactly do you achieve this objective in an efficient, rational (and humane) manner? Increasingly, one way organizations are streamlining and gaining efficiencies is through integrating siloed IT systems, eliminating the time-consuming practice of jumping between multiple applications. And when it comes to integration, using enterprise content management (ECM) as integrative middleware offers profound advantages.

Oklahoma Christian University streamlines, saves and serves

John Hermes, vice president of information technology for Oklahoma Christian University, knew the school had problems. Despite a reputation as a pioneer in education technology and as a very high-tech university, Oklahoma Christian (OC) was lagging farther and farther behind in its business processes, says Hermes.

Building a more powerful information system

On any university or college campus, information is held in numerous content-related, department-specific applications. For example, HR likely has its own system that allows staff to easily access information through a primary portal; accounting may be set up the same way. And so it goes throughout the campus, with departments utilizing their own systems to conduct business.

Performance contract saves university $1.5 million annually

Schneider Electric improves campus facilities while guaranteeing reduced energy costs.

For many colleges and universities, funding facilities improvements can be a challenge. One leading institution in North Carolina, however, found a way not only to fund renovation projects and cut energy use, but actually to save money in the process.

Established in 1887, North Carolina State University (NCSU) has earned a national reputation as a leader in education and research, and gained global recognition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Located in the state capital of Raleigh, NCSU has a student enrollment of 34,000 and over 2,000 faculty members.

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