Tuition Turmoil: A roundtable discussion

Higher education leaders talk about the struggle with skyrocketing tuition costs and changes to federal aid programs.

Pick up any newspaper and you'll see headlines that scream about skyrocketing tuition costs and cuts to aid programs. University Business Editor Tim Goral recently spoke with a panel of tuition experts to find out what these changes hold in store for for higher education.

Course Management: Ready for Prime Time

With leading technology behind it, a new generation of course management systems is poised to take the stage.

Take this quiz:

A) Continually escalating in cost

B) Continual demand for upgrades and increased functionality

C) Lackluster faculty adoption

D) All of the above

If you chose D--all of the above--you're in good company.

More Books for the Buck

Textbook rental programs help students keep more money in their pockets.

Stephanie Huck knows a deal when she sees it. Or rents it.

After transferring in from another school, Huck was excited to learn that she would save 60 percent on her textbook bill each semester thanks to Southeast Missouri State University's rental program. Now, she pays only $85 per semester for all of her books.

Are You Protected Against Hackers and Attackers?

Viruses, Breaches and threats have IT Directors rethinking security.

Where's America's Most Beautiful Campus?

In Staten Island, of course. Wagner was named "the college with the most beautiful campus" by The Princeton Review.

The Space Challenge

Facilities and outdoor spaces that are designed for learning, social interaction and student well being.

Testing, Testing

Ensure the success of students with online assessment tools.

In order to produce learned, well-spoken alumni, IHEs nowadays need to assess the skills and abilities of students when they first walk onto campus. "No college wants to churn out people who don't know their subject," one software company president has said. IHEs already know the GPA and SAT score of a student, as well as what his or her teachers thought of them through letters of recommendation, but sometimes, freshman arrive with reading, writing, and math skills that are in need of remedial education.

The emergence of Web Services

New technologies help colleges use data and services more easily, quickly and cheaply.

Web services technology is like special effects in motion pictures: the more effective it is, the less you notice it. In your office or in your class, web services is an enabling layer of technology that finds and accesses information. That's pretty much it. But the benefits of the technology are becoming very noticeable.

High-Tech Classrooms

IHE's Continue to Invest in AV/IT and Networking Technology for a Myriad of Reasons

Randal Lemke, executive director of the Fairfax, Virginia-based International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) defines smart classrooms as simply bringing audio-visual, telecommunications and information technology tools together.

On Top of Their Game

Colleges and universities find innovative ways to deliver meaningful staff training