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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.

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.

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.

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.

Why colleges should care about student loan debt

Examining the institutional case for getting national student debt numbers under control

Student loan debt is topping $1 trillion, and borrowers aren’t the only ones with reason to be concerned. While higher education leaders aren’t responsible for the loans, they also have a stake in getting rising debt and default levels under control.

Megan McClean, director of policy and federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says the first reason for concern about debt is simply that administrators care about students and want them to succeed.

Location, variety take priority in meal planning

How savvy administrators make strategic decisions about the whole campus dining experience—because meal planning isn’t just about the food

Only one-third of 3,400 U.S. college students say they’re satisfied with their meal plans, found a survey by food industry research firm Technomic. But schools are finding that to address the problem, they need to go beyond simply improving what winds up on diners’ plates.

Capturing efficiencies and criminals

ECM technology gives city police departments an important leg up when it comes to doing more with less; an advantage campus law enforcement agencies should investigate

Like many other agencies, city police departments are contending with shortages of time, money, and personnel, while the lives of their citizens (and of their officers) depend upon the ability to get the job done right. This balancing act is a challenge university and college police departments can relate to. ECM is helping some city police departments optimize their resources so they focus on what they do best—saving lives.

Keeping the disaster out of disaster recovery

ECM technology provides institutions of higher education with the ability to get back on their feet fast, mitigating the wallop a disaster can deliver.

Tornados in Oklahoma and Texas. Wild fires in California and Colorado. Hurricanes in Louisiana and tropical storms along the upper East Coast. Not only do these disasters exert a terrible toll on people and on their personal lives, but they also wreak havoc on all manner and sizes of businesses, institutions of higher education among them.

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