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Flu Pandemic Prep

With the possibility of a deadly flu pandemic-today's worry being avian flu-good planning may be the best medicine. Is your school prepared?

The prospect of an avian flu epidemic in the near future makes most disaster films pale in comparison. As a newly mutated form of the H5N1 virus spreads rapidly from human to human, public transportation comes to a sudden stop, public events are canceled, and public schools-and many workplaces-shut down.

...Gotta Get a Message to You

New technology is pushing emergency text messages to cell phones and PDAs. What's next?

The ubiquitous cell phone: Almost all students have one. With at least nine out of 10 college students using a cell phone, and few using landlines, is it any wonder that colleges and universities are developing new ways to use this technology to communicate with students?

GROUNDBREAKING IDEAS

Texas community college leaders revise their master plans to carve their niche in a highly competitive market.

The Picture's Coming into View

No single approach to A/V procurement is perfect, but these guiding principles will help administrators bring the most suitable A/V technologies to their institutions.

As vice president for Information Technology and CIO of Ball State University (Ind.), H. O'Neal Smitherman has a knack for seeing the big picture before anyone else does. Smitherman keeps a close eye on smart classroom and distance learning technology.

Advancing the Brand

University marketing pros give tips on how to build a brand strategy.

This is the era of the brand. Study after study indicate that institutions with a strong, valued brand enjoy opportunities that other less-branded institutions do not. For example, we can show that well-branded institutions attract:

More and better students.

More full- and fuller-pay students (brand equity).

Missed Connections

Landlines are increasingly unused on college campuses. Does this have to mean revenue has gone missing as well?

When Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (PA.) opened its doors in 2005, its leaders made sure buildings and classrooms were ready, and that the school's wireless network was robust. One item left off the list was phone landlines.

College Loans Still a Good Option

RECENTLY I MET A FAMILY whose daughter was looking at Rhodes College. The family income was slightly above $20,000. Federal and state funding didn't provide the assistance necessary for the daughter to enroll. Even after adding a substantial commitment from the college to the financial aid package, there was a large financial gap.

Admissions Administrators Speak Out

Three top admissions officials consider early admissions, need-based aid, and more in a special virtual roundtable.

In 2006, the buzz surrounding college admissions grew into a quiet roar. From Harvard's decision to end its nonbinding Early Action option to the release of Daniel Golden's book on admissions for the rich and famous, several events turned admissions offices on campus into some of the busiest and most interesting departments around.

Media Relations Boot Camp

With their institutions under the media microscope, college and university leaders must carefully consider every PR move they make.

A Competitive Edge

Student programs based on NBC's The Apprentice are a win for institutions.

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