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Models of Efficiency

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Actionable Intelligence

When the governor says his goal is to graduate 250,000 more students by 2020 and that your university needs to play a major role, any higher ed leader would sit up and take notice. As part of the statewide Complete College Georgia program, Valdosta State University committed to improving its own retention rate, which was 66 percent in 2011.

Passport to Success

Despite a number of initiatives to improve retention rates at Culver-Stockton College, the Missouri school found itself underperforming in comparison to other institutions. Administrators, recognizing the need to try something new, focused specifically on freshman-to-sophomore retention.

Scholarship Universe

The financial crash of 2008 gave Arizona’s college students a one-two punch. First, the state’s financial support dropped the furthest in the country. Second, scholarship dollars grew scarcer as donors had less to give.

Sam Houston Establishing Leadership In and Through Education

When Miguel Arellano Arriaga talks about Sam Houston’s Establishing Leadership In and Through Education program, his perspective is multifaceted. Arellano Arriaga, the coordinator of “SH ELITE” at the Texas university, also went through the program as an undergraduate at Sam Houston.

“It definitely was eye-opening,” he says. “They talk to you about college in high school and they tell you a little bit about what it’s going to be about, but you really don’t know until you get here.”

Drop Rate Improvement Program

Many initiatives targeted at reducing student dropout rates look at factors such as ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status to explain academic underperformance—and then the institution develops programs to help boost graduation rates within the at-risk categories.

Since 1995, the University of Alabama has issued electronic debit and ID cards, called Action Cards, to its students. These personalized, chip-and-magnetic-stripe plastic cards provide students with access to buildings and events, meals in the dining halls and spending money for on- and off-campus retailers. The cards also have a photo on the front for visual identification.

Marist University's open-source HR recruitment system saves money and attracts higher-quality candidates.

“Your reputation is at risk.” That was the message relayed to Marist College Vice President and CIO Bill Thirsk by a hiring manager who had been contacted by a former employment candidate. The job seeker had attempted to apply for a position through the New York college’s online employment system, only to give up because the user experience was so frustrating.

In two short years, Western Iowa Tech Community College upgraded from generic paper-based admissions packets to a personalized packet to online microsites tailored to each prospective student’s needs and interests. Besides achieving higher application rates, the new MyHub program is saving on paper, printing and mailing.

Applicants with dreams of attending Portland State now learn the outcome of their applications at least two weeks earlier than before.

Applications from prospective Portland State University students and all supplementary materials are captured electronically and automatically routed for processing. This digital record keeping continues as students matriculate. Integration with Banner gives admissions counselors and others the ability to view student records without touching a single piece of paper.

Executives from Central State U, Wright State U, Clark State Community  College and Xerox are working to perfect the campus printing process.

Wright State University invested significantly in printing equipment only to see demand decline. That lead administrators to overhaul the Ohio institution’s entire printing system. They switched to a variable pay-per-print model based on volume and relying on one supplier to manage all its equipment.