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Web analytics in action in higher ed

How to work with your college's web team to get useful analytics data

Students at Arizona State University today have access to a service-oriented financial assistance website that provides guidance on college planning. It offers cost calculators, links to scholarships and budget planning, and easy access to financial aid office staff. It’s an approach that works—and the result of using analytics to unearth a treasure trove of website insight.

Small schools sidestep Sweet Briar’s struggles

Colleges reset tuition, expand programs to withstand higher ed market pressures

While higher ed leaders acknowledge a range of challenges, many say the shutting down of the 532-student Virginia women’s college does not signal doom for small institutions, including those that are single-sex, rural or religiously affiliated.

Colleges dig into sustainable dining

Energy efficient, low-waste and locally-sourced dining gets institutions closer to overall environmental goals

A pair of draft horses often plows the campus farm at Sterling College. Sterling does have tractors—its agriculture students have to learn how to use all varieties of equipment—but the energy-saving horses are just one step in the Vermont school’s extensive and award-winning sustainable dining program.

The farm produces about 20 percent of the food consumed in the college’s dining hall.

Ground-level connections at the University of Regina

Nearly 100 percent of main campus buildings connected by enclosed walkways

A brighter alternative to the pedestrian tunnel is a ground-level enclosed pedestrian street. It’s a concept that the University of Regina in Saskatchewan has taken to the extreme.

Nearly 100 percent of the main campus buildings are connected by these walkways, which form a figure-8-like loop.

Tunnels access: Perspective from a student with physical disabilities

Wright State University has nearly two miles of tunnels beneath its Ohio campus

Dan Darkow, age 21 and graduating this spring from Wright State University in Ohio, is president of the National Residence Hall Honorary and a resident assistant. He serves as director of disability affairs for the WSU student government, and he also happens to get around in a wheelchair due to a form of muscular dystrophy.

Higher ed's one-on-one admissions approach

Six ways to customize outreach to potential students

There was a time when colleges and universities could put their best marketing message out to the masses, and wait for students to respond and express interest. Today, it’s about being aggressive without being pushy, being more student-focused without being intrusive, and being more open to digital communication without sacrificing authenticity.

Models of Excellence: Connecting the dots for student success

Student success has evolved from a concept focused mainly on academics and graduation to a host of other goals

The idea of student success has evolved in higher ed, from a concept focused mainly on academic success and graduation rates to one addressing a host of other goals. Campus administrators are helping students immerse themselves in campus life, manage finances, attain life skills, pursue first jobs and launch fulfilling careers. And officials are doing it all by creating connections across departments, as well as among students. These collaborations are at the heart of UB’s new Models of Excellence program.

Evolution of early colleges

Higher education aims for retention and completion boost when students come to college better prepared—and with a few course credits

Early-college high schools have inspired a new wave of close collaboration between K12 and higher education as both sides recognize the benefits of better preparing students for the rigors of college life and coursework. The programs, which are routine in some states, are are only getting off the ground in other parts of the country. 

Supporting first-gen college students

24 ideas for guiding students through the social, academic, financial, and administrative challenges of college

Along with issues of retention and completion, many first-generation students face day-to-day challenges as they navigate social, academic, financial and administrative challenges. Here are 24 ways colleges can support first-generation students in every aspect and stage of student life.

Banking on college sports

How making an investment in football and other athletic programs are paying off for colleges and universities

New football teams continue to take the field at colleges and universities each fall, overcoming criticism—from within higher ed and from outside—that sports programs not only suck up money desperately needed by academic departments but also drive up tuition and student fees.

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