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Report Card

Collecting data is crucial, but so is an efficient system for putting that data to use.

DESPITE THE CHALLENGES OF SECURITY, user education, and redundant records, a database can be a beautiful thing-not only in tracking prospective students through school until they become alumni, but also in streamlining processes, keeping tabs on financial goals, reducing repetitive data entry, and automating billing.

Addition by Subtraction

Despite recent mergers and acquisitions, there are more choices than ever for learning management systems. Here's how to navigate the choice list.

SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE. That's the case with learning management systems. At first glance, mergers and acquisitions have led to fewer competitors in the LMS market. But a closer look reveals that established systems are now accompanied by a range of emerging LMS solutions.

Beneficial Benefits

Colleges and universities are expanding employee benefits to attract and retain talent.

WITH EVERY DECADE THAT GOES BY, THERE seems to be a handful of employee benefits that either dominate the human resource scene or become the latest topics of debate.

In the 1970s, HMOs made their debut, along with individual retirement accounts. In the 1980s, employee assistance programs began helping people with personal issues that could affect their job performance. In the 1990s, health and wellness programs took off , featuring everything from weight control classes to walking programs featuring podcasts that identify native plants.

Service With a Star

Campus dining must cater to tastes, concerns, and innovations to ensure that students are getting the most out of the programs. These seven institutions are having success in bringing students to the table.

Seeds of Scandal

A long simmering controversy finally boils over in the student loan industry.

Lawmakers Are on the Student-Loan Warpath

Will your college or university be ready when they come calling?

On May 7, 2007, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported:

"To Frank Loncorich, there's nothing wrong with the trips that are paid partly or fully by the preferred providers of college loans to St. Cloud State University students.

"The St. Cloud State financial aid director has attended several conferences in Florida and two in California, at which lenders paid for his lodging. And there are the annual weekends in Bayfield, Wis., and excursions on the St. Croix River.

Best Foot Forward: SOX and Financial Standards

Higher ed leaders come to terms with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Presidential Progress

University of Miami's Donna Shalala is a high-profile president with purpose.

IN FRONT OF A WIDE WINDOW IN PRESIDENT Donna Shalala's ground floor office at the University of Miami, two picture frames make perfect bookends for the latest chapters in her remarkable career.

Construction Delivery

Competitive bidding may rule the construction scene, but that doesn't make it the best choice for all campus projects. Here's how your peers are breaking out of the box.

Endowment Politics

When advancement strategies are defensive.

IT IS CERTAINLY MORE RARE than common for a university's actions, such as taking down a cross at a campus chapel or investing in companies that do business in Darfur, to directly affect donations, but that relationship-between behavior and endowments-is evolving, and some say the link may strengthen in the future.

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