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Posting A Threat

Recognizing and responding to threats of violence made via social media

In the wake of the Colorado movie theater shooting and noting the social media clues that appeared beforehand, college and university leaders are taking threats of violence posted to social media very seriously.

Case in point: Kent State University (Ohio) charged 19-year-old student William Koberna with a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing for tweeting, “I’m shooting up your school ASAP” and threats to the college president. Koberna’s tweets came five days after the Colorado massacre.

Inside Look: Residence Halls

Expectations and innovations for students' home away from home

With any campus building, what’s on the inside counts just as much—and probably more—than what’s on the outside. This is especially true with residence halls, which must include a balance of private and shared spaces. “The buildings need to promote interaction among students to encourage peer-to-peer learning in support of the institution’s academic mission,” says Jackson Kane, an associate and housing specialist at Lord, Aeck & Sargent. That’s no small order.

Beyond the Technology Transfer Office

Successful business incubation at universities is about much more than a capable technology transfer office (TTO) and strong commercialization policies. New businesses are born at universities because faculty and students have the freedom to develop innovative ideas and pursue new lines of inquiry. To emerge from the university successfully, these pioneering ideas must be accompanied by prototype development, market research, commercialization strategy, and effective fundraising.

Venue 365

Multiuse facilities let campuses do more: around the clock and with less space and money

Prior to 2011, the sports and events facilities at the University of Mary Washington (Va.) were nothing to write home about. The university’s Dodd Auditorium had a capacity of 1,300 for concerts and other special events, and the Woodard Campus Center gymnasium, which was built in the 1950s, could only seat 500 and couldn’t be used for anything but sporting events.

CRM Grows Up

Reaching beyond admissions to cover the entire lifecycle

In its infancy, constituent relationship management technology was confined to the admissions and development offices. Campus administrators realized the system was a great way to communicate with prospective students and potential donors, but didn’t realize it would play well with other departments on campus. With a little more maturity, CRM made its way to the alumni relations office, a natural progression from development office technology.

Not Your Parents' Campus Store

Economic realities and innovative merchandising are transforming the traditional campus bookstore.

At the River Store in Ft. Pierce, Fla., it’s hard to miss the course textbooks stacked along multilevel, metal shelves, as well as the array of insignia T-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, and caps bearing the Indian River State College logo and nickname, the Pioneers. These offerings have long been what generations of students, faculty, and alumni have come to expect at many of the almost 4,500 college stores across the country.

UBTech 2012: Technology Changes Everything

Exploring the core of this year’s UBTech conference—keynotes, sessions, focused pre-conferences, and other experiences covering key campus issues: campus networks and infrastructure, financial services, facility planning and design, marketing the institution, and, of course, teaching and learning.

From big-picture analysis to stories from within the trenches, at our UBTech conference, higher ed leaders heard from dozens of pace-setting innovators and practitioners. It was an opportunity to identify emerging trends and models, discover practical paths for implementing new solutions, and explore the impact of technology on higher education together. Whether you were at the conference in person in Las Vegas or virtually, or you were unable to attend, we offer the following summaries, insights, and memorable takeaways. Consider it your UBTech Vegas experience.

Virtual Viewbooks: Ready? Or Not?

Admissions officers go digital with their institutional introductions

Millennials, the generation born between the late 1970s and early 2000s, speak a language all their own. A digital camera is a camera; a cell phone is a phone. They’ve grown up with the internet and are wholly immersed in technology with websites like Amazon and Zappos customized to their individual interests.
The question for higher education enrollment managers is this: Is the viewbook, the crown jewel of the admissions process, ready for a leap into the online world? The answer: A resounding maybe.

The Changing Face of the CIO

Once charged with fixing computers and not much else, today’s technology leaders have become part of institutions’ strategic elite.

Not long after Pennie Turgeon came to Clark University (Mass.) as its vice president for information technology and chief information officer, one of the university’s functional units undertook a project with a significant technology component to it. Despite the expertise of Turgeon’s team, the other unit saw Information Technology Services as little more than tactical lackeys.

“IT,” Turgeon recalls, “was viewed as the plug-and-chug monkeys.”

Big Ideas: The Administrator's Bookshelf

Advocating for change in higher education

If you want a comprehensive view of the world of higher education, look no further than your local bookstore. Every month sees a wave of releases by administrators, scholars, analysts, and more focusing on the current state—good and bad—of higher education. We’ve chosen to highlight here some of the more interesting titles that have arrived at our offices. You’ll probably notice a common thread of thought among them. All the books below advocate dramatic changes to the very nature of higher education, and in many cases, they don’t just suggest change, they demand it.

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