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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.

Beyond Price Control

Pace University President David Caputo talks about access, affordability, and accountability.

The challenge for today's colleges and universities is to reconcile their clear need to remain competitive while controlling their costs, which have been spiraling ever higher in recent years. Achieving academic effectiveness in more efficient ways is a matter of major concern at New York's Pace University, which led to the introduction of a tuition guarantee that locks in first-year rates over the course of five years.

Got to Grow - But Where to Go?

The process of stretching out a campus can go smoothly when community concerns are taken to heart.

In terms of expansion planning, University of St. Francis had done everything right. The Catholic institution in Joliet, Ill., got input from city officials and residents. School officials even had the Cathedral Area Preservation Association's (CAPA) support, which was key with the campus falling within that city section.

Educause Roundup

Mergers, acquisitions--and lots of new products--highlighted Educause 2005.

Technology took center stage October 18-21 in Orlando for the annual Educause conference. More than 200 technology companies and other exhibitors were on hand to showcase their latest products and services for higher education. The full list of vendors and their products can be found at www.educause.edu/e05/CorporateParticipation/5108.

To Blog or Not To Blog

Some IHEs embrace the power and vitality of weblogs, while others approach them with a wary eye.

This fall a couple dozen students across the United States took up blogging for their alma maters. In occasional or weekly posts they offer slices of campus life that the Admissions office can share with prospective students and their parents. Because these are blogs and not recruiting brochures, the writers have a chance, it seems, to tell it like it is.

Shopping for Advice

Retail consultants clearly impact the way communities look today. Many IHEs are welcoming them to their neighborhoods.

Here's the good news: According to Chicago-area firm Teenage Research Unlimited, young people spent upwards of a whopping $169 billion in 2004. Those dollars can translate into significant business around colleges and can impact the way a school attracts Generation Y prospects.

The bad news: Figuring out how to build a retail portfolio makes for a real undertaking.

Printing Detail

Custom publishing can help cut expenses, attract desirable students, and distribute timely information. Here's how schools are getting the job done.

It tantalizes the best millennial students with colorful and personalized brochures, screaming the student's name and interests.

Smart IT SPENDING Strategies

The results of a University Business magazine survey of 160 chief information officers and IT directors from colleges and universities nationwide in which we sought to find out how and where their IT dollars were being spent.

With decreasing funding and increasing demand from students and faculty for the latest technology, smart spending of technology budgets is crucial at colleges and universities today. But IT decision makers are working hard to keep costs down and savings up while helping to further the missions of their schools.

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