Going Green While Saving Green: Team Energy

These IHEs have stopped relying solely on construction projects and new purchases to lower their energy bills and started bringing students, faculty, and staff into the equation.

When Hillier Architecture conducted a study to explore how colleges and universities deal with space crunches, the Princeton, N.J.-based firm exploded a few well-loved myths in the process. Among them: American schools are indiscriminate and inefficient energy users.

It's a forgivable mistake. After all, large institutions are large consumers, and in this case the buildings may well be old and leaky to boot. Today's students live a 24-hour lifestyle, burning lights, computers, and television sets every minute of the day and night.

Going Green While Saving Green: Keeping Up on Hazardous Waste Laws

It's a situation no institution wants to find itself in: getting singled out, not for earth-friendly efforts, but for an Environmental Protection Agency investigation. Yet messing with hazardous waste laws can result in just that.

Going Green While Saving Green: Higher Education Sustainability Stars

For many colleges and universities, sustainability is becoming a unifying thread in the campus fabric. UB selected the following 10 institutions as models for their efforts to respect the environment and the communities that surround them in economically feasible ways.

Key Accomplishment:

Making a systemwide commitment

Intellectual entrepreneurship and diversity

To increase minority participation, graduate education programs must be made transparent and have greater social relevance.

A study by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation indicates that African Americans and Hispanics are still significantly underrepresented among recipients of Ph.D.s. The two groups comprise 32 percent of all U.S. citizens in the age range of Ph.D. candidates but only 7 percent of those earning doctorates.

Why Aren't Colleges and Universities Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow?

Too few jobs, yet too few workers: Engineering colleges are overlooking an opportunity.

Manufacturing workforce reductions and outsourcing of manufacturing operations overseas have reportedly cost 2.7 million American workers their jobs in the last four years. Yet, many manufacturing jobs lie unfilled for months as companies seek workers with the skills they need for these jobs. So, how can we have too few jobs for our workers and too few workers for our jobs--at the same time?

Academia's Glass Ceiling

IHEs must work harder to reverse prejudiced beliefs about the male/female achievement gap.

Harvard president Lawrence Summers created a firestorm of controversy when he rashly speculated that the underrepresentation of women faculty in science and engineering may result from innate biological differences between the genders. He later said his remarks were misconstrued, but he should have known better.

Accounting Scandals Cross Into Academia

Demand accountability from firms whose actions can impact your reputation.

With the recent and very public resignation of two TIAA-CREF trustees for tripping over federal auditor independence statutes, the corporate accounting scandals have officially crossed into higher education. Clearly, academe has the same vulnerabilities to fraud that corporate America has, and any thought to the contrary is naive.

Colleges drop the ball in aid to poor students

Wealthy institutions should do more to educate needy students.

Show Me the Money

A Guide to Profitability in Course Offerings

What's an administrator to do? State funding is down, student enrollment is up, economic diversification groups demand courses with limited enrollment that may lose money, and the Board wants the fund balance in the black at year-end.

University Marketers, Heal Thyselves

Can we really steer clear of Charybdis, or are we just plain Scylla?

Hear that sound? It's a clarion call, courtesy of David Kirp. In his must-read book, Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, published earlier this year, Kirp eloquently summarized our challenge as university businesspeople and marketers: to find a way to reconcile the "values of the marketplace" with the "values of the commons."