Summer Conference Report

July is conference month for higher education professionals. Here are highlights from two of them.

Training Your Staff to Protect SIS Data

No matter how robust your firewall, trained faculty and staff are your first line of defense against system breaches.

Going VoIP

IHEs are at different points when it comes to VoIP, but many see the same benefits, and face the same challenges.

AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES DRIVE MORE educational opportunities and administration efficiencies, VoIP is high on the list of strategies that have sparked more than interest in the past few years. Many IHEs have ventured down the VoIP trail, from a small pilot-level approach to a full-scale rollout that reaches every room on campus and beyond.

Making an Impact

From promoting goodwill to helping win grants, economic impact studies do more than just report the bottom line.

WHEN OFFICIALS AT HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY of Science and Technology (Pa.) commissioned an economic impact study in 2001, they admit that at the time there wasn't much impact to report.

The Right Stuff

As community colleges face a vast number of retirements, these institutions are searching for leaders who can guide them through a new era of visibility and accountability.

AT EASE IN THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT? CHECK. ADEPT AT RAISING funds? Got it. Comfortable with politics? Uh-huh. Able to build relationships with trustees? Yep.

Report from EduComm 2007

Session and product highlights from the fourth annual EduComm conference in Anaheim.

THE MOOD WAS BUOYANT IN ANAHEIM AT the fourth annual EduComm conference in June. During a three-day program, attendees were eager to pick up the latest tips and techniques to take back to their campuses, as well as get a peek at the newest products from A/V and IT vendors.

Wanted: Foreign Students

The good news: Foreign enrollments at American universities are on the rise. The bad news: Competition for international students is fiercer than ever.

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.