Models of Efficiency was a national recognition program created by University Business magazine to showcase colleges and universities whose business savvy and technological expertise create the most innovative, effective, and successful solutions for their students, faculty, and campus communities. The program ran from 2010-2014. For more information on UB's new Models of Excellence program, which honors institutions for their student success initiatives, visit universitybusiness.com/mox

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University of Alabama Program Category: Auxiliary Services

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.

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Marist University's open-source HR recruitment system saves money and attracts higher-quality candidates.
Marist College Program Category: Human Resources

“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.

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Digitized recordkeeping streamlines processes for staff working in Admissions and Records while also providing students with access to forms at any time.
College of the Desert Program Category: Admissions and Enrollment

Higher education administrators looking to increase efficiency frequently cite document management as a major roadblock. Even so, the numerous flaws in the system used by the College of the Desert’s admissions and records department went beyond the typical woes.

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University of Montana gave Pinecone Awards as part of the web template project launch, with awards given to staffers in categories such as best user experience and most innovative.
University of Montana Program Category: Information Technology

Faced with increased competition for students and declining enrollment, the University of Montana centralized the oversight of its web presence to create a unified look and feel across all of its websites. The use of new templates reduced reliance on outside design firms, cut costs, helped meet accessibility compliance, and increased the pace at which new sites were created.

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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 Program Category: Auxiliary Services

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.

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Applicants with dreams of attending Portland State now learn the outcome of their applications at least two weeks earlier than before.
Portland State University Program Category: Admissions and Enrollment

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.

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Western Iowa Tech Community College Program Category: Admissions and Enrollment

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.

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Located in Myrtle Hall, the Pratt Institute’s Bursar and Financial Aid offices have taken a holistic approach to serving students.
Pratt Institute Program Category: Financial Aid

Managing personal finance is difficult enough for working professionals. For college students, it can be almost impossible. Part of the reason is that there are multiple finance-related aspects to higher education, and they have different, often confusing languages, says Nedi Goga, executive director of student financial services and compliance at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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