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02/01/2013

Colleges and universities are steeped in tradition, both in culture and business practices. But when traditional processes inhibit growth, schools need to change without disturbing their traditions of brand awareness and academic excellence.

01/01/2013

The pressure institutions are facing from the growing student loan debt crisis is felt by all departments, from financial aid to admissions. Schools are struggling to justify tuition costs to prospective students, as well as to ensure recent alumni leave pleased with the institution, despite having student loan debt. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on November 13, 2012, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA), St. Petersburg College, and Emerson College discussed strategies that will help students understand their finances and debt, and how teaching students fiscal knowledge will benefit both the student and the institution.

01/01/2013

Though using outdated manual systems can hinder achieving maximum accountability, compliance, and transparency, many higher education institutions are still using such systems to track time and attendance for their workforce. Introducing an automated workforce management system instead can increase efficiency and maximize productivity and funds. This web seminar, originally broadcast on December 4, 2012, featured the University of Georgia, which realized many benefits after implementing a campuswide automated workforce management system.

12/01/2012

Nearly 50 percent of higher education administrators feel their time and attendance systems are out of date, and 53 percent of systems in use by colleges and universities are not automated.

These findings are part of the 2012 Center for Digital Education research project sponsored by Kronos, the workforce management company responsible for systems in use by schools such as the University of Georgia. In contrast, employees and managers of University of Georgia do not tediously fill out paper timesheets. Instead, the 8,000 hourly employees use biometric time collection clocks and web entry processes from Kronos.

12/01/2012

The issues of affordability and retention challenge colleges to develop sustainable tuition policies that address the current economic climate yet educate students on the importance of paying their tuition bills on a timely basis. This web seminar, originally broadcast on October 16, 2012, discussed how Nelnet’s solutions, combined with tighter school fiscal policy, can help students meet their tuition obligations even if they do not receive all the financial aid they anticipated. Michigan’s Kellogg Community College explained how they use Nelnet’s Pending Aid plan to decrease outstanding student receivables even when faced with increasing enrollment and rising tuition costs.

12/01/2012

A public community college in Cupertino, California, DeAnza College has a student enrollment of about 23,000. With one of the highest transfer-out rates of any of the California Community Colleges, 30,000-50,000 transcripts are processed annually.

12/01/2012

In the heart of Boulder, Colorado, sits a college where the whole student is greater than the sum of his or her parts. It is a place called Naropa University, where contemplative education encourages students to transform themselves and the world.

It seems natural, then, for administrators to have partnered with Jenzabar to provide an enterprise resource planning system greater than the sum of its parts. Jenzabar’s flexible ERP helps Naropa—an ecumenical, nondenominational school of 1,100 students—reduce operating costs while increasing student success, fundraising, even communication.

12/01/2012

As at most higher ed institutions, administrators at Barry University have made controlling or reducing costs a priority.

Founded in 1940, the private, Catholic, coed liberal arts institution has grown into one of the educational leaders in South Florida, with 2,747 full-time undergraduates and 3,748 graduate students.

12/01/2012

Protecting any enterprise from security threats can be a daunting endeavor, but few organizational structures are more difficult to secure than a college or university. Students, faculty, administrators and alumni—each group has differing IT needs, creating not just one, but many unique security challenges.

12/01/2012

California State University, Fresno, takes pride in its reputation as one of the leading public universities in the state, but last year the business staff discovered that Fresno State was lagging in one noteworthy area: the percentage of students electing to receive financial aid refunds electronically.

"We took a hard look at our refund disbursement trends and saw that we were sending paper checks to 40 percent of our students,” says Anthony Forestiere, university controller at Fresno State. “We contacted other schools in the Cal State system and found they were sending refunds by check to only 5 to 15 percent of their students.”

12/01/2012

With its four institutions—the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College—the University System of New Hampshire is the largest provider of postsecondary education in the state, serving more than 35,000 students, and including more than 3,000 employees.

12/01/2012

When Sally Mason, president of the University of Iowa, called for an increased focus on sustainability in the university’s operations as a key strategic initiative on Earth Day 2008, her ambitious plan presented a serious challenge.

12/01/2012

Integrating mobile devices in learning is getting to be old hat in Abilene, Texas.

As early as 2008, Abilene Christian University (ACU) was the first university in the United States to provide each incoming student with an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Each of the nearly 4,800 students on the ACU campus located 180 miles west of Dallas can access course calendars, campus maps, receive homework alerts, security alerts, and answer in-class surveys and quizzes, among other ACUdeveloped web applications.

11/01/2012

As college and university administrators find themselves spending less time tethered to their desks—and consequently, to their desktop or laptop computers—they are increasingly relying upon mobile devices like iPads and iPhones to stay connected and ensure their work is moving forward. Consider:

11/01/2012

Mobile technology has certainly made life more convenient, allowing employees to work and stay connected from almost anywhere. At the same time, because these devices are so portable and are often used by accessing public wireless Internet, they’ve made life a little less secure.

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