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One-Stop Wonders

IHEs are exploring new ways to give students more autonomy and convenience when making their administrative transactions

Just five years ago, University of Minnesota students had to visit four different buildings on campus just to register for classes. In fact, completing any administrative transaction--from requesting a transcript to paying a parking ticket--required a commute, as the university handled most of its student services in different buildings.

This Woman's Work

An interview with Smith College President Carol Christ

All a Part of the Plan

This president says city planning and economic development issues should be on institutional agendas.

Four-and-a-half years into being the president of Wilkes University, I find myself more passionate than ever about the future of the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where we are located. Nearly $150 million worth of construction and renovation have begun in the downtown alone. And more is on the way as the city gets back on its feet again.

Tomorrow's I.D. Card Program

IHEs are looking to make their campus card services positively futuristic.

Just as library media centers and wireless implementations are keeping universities and colleges on the cutting edge of technology, so too are card programs trying to stay ahead, bringing more services and better access control into the mix.

Plugging Brain Drain

Meeting the academic mission and the community's economic development needs at the same time is the goal for a growing number of higher ed leaders.

Stopping the Paper Chase

Today's document management and digital imaging systems help solve paper work hassles and prevent data mishaps.

Prior to 1997, the University of Michigan was a paper-laden institution. Financial Aid office staff members, in particular, were weighed down by a paper-intensive process and the need to purge documents every four years.

Leaders for All

Colleges and universities are naming chief diversity officers to help create lasting change.

The new vice president for diversity and equity was working behind the scenes at the University of Virginia before his position even kicked in. A number of racial incidences had disturbed the Charlottesville campus in the early weeks of fall 2005, including epithets yelled out by pedestrians and people in cars, a slur scrawled on a student's message board, and the mistreatment of a black student at a fraternity party (beer was poured down the student's back, for one).

Keeping Students Cybersafe

Educating students about online dangers is a security issue not to be forgotten.

Taylor Behl was a pretty, sympathetic, and emotionally trusting 17-year-old freshman who came to the city of Richmond in late summer to begin studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. How can these things be certain? The photos she posted of herself and the writings in her online weblogs at LiveJournal.com and Myspace tell the story.

Solving the Financial Planning Puzzle

Getting all the planning pieces together helps position institutions for a future that's fiscally fit.

In 2004, Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., received an amazing gift. George Cornell--who is a university alumnus and philanthropist, a relative of the founder of Cornell University, and the son of one of the first employees at IBM--left the liberal arts college $93 million in his will when he passed away the prior year. The gift nearly doubled the college's $113 million endowment.

Would Cornell's generosity help Rollins achieve its institutional goals, or would it ruin the school by creating divisions over future strategic direction?

Growing Pains

As network usage increases, IHEs find ways to manage demand and keep the traffic flowing.

When Stephen Landry became chief information officer of Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., in 1996, the university had a pokey 56-kilobit telephone modem connection to the internet. One of Landry's first actions as CIO was to upgrade the connection to a T1 line, and he's been trying to stay ahead of technology ever since.

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