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Supply for demand

A growing number of four-year institutions are investing in workforce development—and here's how any college can successfully find and maintain industry partnerships

Workforce development has long been a bastion of the community college environment. But with student-loan debt topping $1 trillion and enrollments falling, many four-year colleges and universities are devoting more attention to the area, in part as a way to boost their own relevance within a challenging global economy.

Office on the go

From facilities to IT to public safety, departments are equipping employees with mobile devices to work from anywhere on campus

Members of the facilities crew at Quinnipiac University were spending a lot of time traveling back to their shop during the workday.

This situation, of course, was not unique to Quinnipiac, but department officials at the school set out to eliminate the trips workers had to make to retrieve new work orders, find information about equipment in manuals or look up floor plans. The central Connecticut institution has a 212-acre main campus, and two branches that are a half-mile and about five miles away.

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Gaining efficiencies and value

The business value of any college or university lies in how effectively it serves its students through its ability to provide them with the support and resources needed to achieve their educational goals. This is requiring institutions to connect with students who are increasingly mobile.

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Gaining efficiencies and value

The business value of any college or university lies in how effectively it serves its students through its ability to provide them with the support and resources needed to achieve their educational goals. More and more, this is requiring institutions to connect with students who are increasingly mobile.

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Gaining efficiencies and value

Colleges and universities are turning to ECM to garner the necessary tools for both enhancing their business value and supporting their students.

The business value of any college or university lies in how effectively it serves its students through its ability to provide them with the support and resources needed to achieve their educational goals.

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Moving past the breaking point

Colleges and universities are stretched to their limits; increasingly, more are turning to technology to gain back-office efficiencies and better serve students.

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Moving past the breaking point

Colleges and universities are stretched to their limits; increasingly, more are turning to technology to gain back-office efficiencies and better serve students.

Higher ed institutions are looking for ways to move from paper-based to digital systems and to create accessible, centralized information repositories. As a result, they are increasingly using Enterprise Content Management as a way to achieve back-office efficiencies.

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Today’s changing future

President Obama’s recent speech outlining his plan to make higher education more affordable had as its centerpiece the intent to hold institutions receiving federal funding more accountable for how well they’re serving their students. To this end, federal aid would be connected to how hard schools are working to control/lower their operating costs, as well as to their performance (student success/graduation rates). A rating system would also be established tying student aid to value (these ratings would be made public before the 2015 academic year). And colleges and universities would be rewarded for embracing technology as a way to gain efficiencies and transparency.

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Today’s changing future

The verdict is in; higher education must undergo a profound transformation if institutions and students are to thrive

President Obama’s recent speech outlining his plan to make higher education more affordable had as its centerpiece the intent to hold institutions receiving federal funding more accountable for how well they’re serving their students. Congressional approval is required to turn Obama’s proposal into actionable legislation. But if it does pass, colleges and universities will face greater scrutiny than ever before. Much of this attention will be directed at student financial aid departments, compelling them to become more efficient, accountable, and transparent in their operations.

Campus CFOs speak out on their expanding roles

Perspectives of campus finance officials on their evolving roles and how they are managing today’s challenges and maximizing the opportunities

In the life of an institution, the chief financial officer helps drive the big narrative, but also digs down into the day-to-day. A CFO is strategist and analyst, decision-maker and inspirer, and protector and possibility-seeker all in one.

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