Sponsored Case Studies & Features

01/01/2015

Kris Alban, Vice President of iGrad

​What trends related to financial literacy are emerging?
Financial literacy will likely become a mandatory initiative for colleges in the near future. We expect the next higher ed reauthorization to require financial literacy initiatives for student loan borrowers. Many students taking out loans right now don’t understand enough about what they’re getting into. They often borrow amounts that far exceed the earning potential for their chosen field of study.

01/01/2015

USA Funds and Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada have partnered to promote a holistic approach to student loan debt management. The partnership has included implementing a financial literacy curriculum and peer counselors for TMCC students, communicating to student loan borrowers to promote successful loan repayment, applying analytics to better target outreach to borrowers, and launching an institution-wide “college completion” summit. Attendees in this web seminar heard from a leader at TMCC and an industry expert about the keys to developing a holistic approach to student loan debt management at any institution.

01/01/2015

When does an online bookstore make sense?
Most bookstores that are on campus are threatened by external competition. Students are already shopping around for the best value when acquiring their course materials. It has become more difficult to meet their expectations. Many want lower-cost alternatives to new and used, such as rental, digital and marketplace options. If textbook sales are steadily declining at the physical bookstore, institution leaders may want to look at replacing the location with an online bookstore. Or maybe it makes sense to expand spiritwear and convenience items in the physical store, and for the sake of space, margin and overhead, to move textbooks online. 

01/01/2015

Linda Ding, Education Program Strategist, Laserfiche

01/01/2015

What are the biggest challenges facing higher education as a business?
There are a few challenges that institutions face today. For such a long time, many were in a continuous growth pattern, developing new programs and online programs for receptive audiences. That certainly is not the case today. Many institutions are experiencing flat enrollment and some are seeing it decline. It is a market share game, in that there is not a tremendous amount of new students looking for an education as there was in past years. 

01/01/2015

What does the typical student of today look like compared to the student of five or 10 years ago? Who is the new “traditional” college student?
The non-traditional adult learner is now more prevalent than the traditional college student who comes straight from high school. This is where the market is growing, and the colleges and universities that are successful in achieving their enrollment goals are targeting efforts toward these new “traditional” adult students instead of ignoring this demographic and continuing to focus all efforts on attracting
high school graduates.

01/01/2015

What are the main concerns students and the community have concerning the affordability of higher education?
There are two major concerns that seem to be the most popular worries of students and the general public.

12/01/2014

For the leadership of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), providing a wide variety of dining options has always been an important part of serving the campus community, which is located in the San Fernando Valley. With 38,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, the sheer size of the university could create a big enough challenge by itself, but the demographics of the community make selecting campus restaurants even more daunting.

12/01/2014

Committed to being a true partner to colleges and universities by supporting student success, Barnes & Noble College recently partnered with Why Millennials Matter to launch a national study on the state of student career preparation and student perceptions about careers after college. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on October 23, 2014, attendees learned the key findings from the survey related to the career preparation roadmap, the skills that today’s employers are looking for, and how schools can help their students build these skills needed for success.

12/01/2014

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has launched a proactive approach to three pressing issues facing students, and they’re ready to share their strategy. When one exceptional LECOM student was lost too soon due to a cancer diagnosis, administrators recognized that there was a set of needs their students have that were not being met.

12/01/2014

With over 15,000 regular students and a campus that spans 96 acres, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary produces a significant amount of waste. “In late 2008, as part of a campus expansion project, we sought a more sustainable approach to our daily operations management practices,” says John Millington, manager of facilities operations and campus expansion projects. “We knew to meet the goals of that plan, we needed a new partner that would focus on waste diversion and sustainability.”

09/01/2014

The intense focus on student success has generated unprecedented pressure for improved retention and completion at institutions across the country and around the globe. At the foundation of an effective student success strategy is harnessing the right technology resources to drive results and positive outcomes. During this web seminar, originally broadcast on July 22, 2014, higher ed administrators shared how they are positively impacting their institutions by implementing student success programs and maximizing outcomes, and revealed the technology they are using to boost retention and completion while minding the unique needs of their student populations.

04/01/2014

Student loan default can affect an entire campus, as high default rates negatively impact an institution’s federal funding. Therefore, it is essential to keep cohort default rates as low as possible. The right education and communication strategies can help borrowers gain the financial skills necessary to avoid default. This web seminar, originally broadcast on February 25, 2014, featured a financial aid director, who discussed how her institution overhauled student borrower outreach with the help of the right vendor partner.

LEIGH ANN HUSSEY
Director of Financial Aid
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

03/01/2014

Identifying students who are at risk of student loan default and establishing ongoing communication with those students are two key strategies for minimizing borrower default. Financial aid administrators should include these strategies and more in their default prevention programs, so borrowers are aware of their repayment options and less likely to default. This web seminar, originally broadcast on January 28, 2014, featured administrators from two institutions. They described the tools and strategies they have employed to curb loan defaults.

02/01/2014

As the academic retail industry faces unprecedented changes in student behavior and rapid advances in technology, campus bookstores need to rise above the transaction. Today’s campus bookstores must focus on delivering a superior experience that supports and celebrates the cultural and academic aspirations of students, faculty and alumni.

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