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05/01/2012

Financial aid officer Valerie Patnaude was so dedicated to teaching her Rivier College students how to manage money that she posted financial literacy newsletters in campus bathroom stalls. When the posters started to disappear, she knew the students were desperate for information.

“They may not be getting help at home to learn about credit scores and debt management, or they’re not listening to their parents,” said Patnaude of the students at her Nashua, New Hampshire, liberal arts college. “They leave college not only with high loan debt, but high credit card debt, too.”

04/01/2012

Experienced partners and best practices ease impact of the growth of international students


JJudy Seguy, Nelnetudy Seguy
Vice President, Business Development
Nelnet Business Solutions

As the international student population of colleges and universities continues to grow, institutions are looking for ways to balance the benefits and struggles inherently associated with processing international payments.

04/01/2012

 

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11/01/2011

"Ferris State saved between $40,000 and $60,000 after moving to online billing and payments. Plus, fewer employees are needed to process commerce transactions university-wide."

Whether paying tuition or sending a goody bag to a child cramming for finals, Ferris State University parents get it done with the click of a mouse.

The Michigan-based public university, which has about 14,500 students, uses TouchNet U.Commerce as its unified commerce framework to administer electronic payments and other business transactions with security and efficiency.

11/01/2011

Avila University had a communications problem. Or rather, a communications coordination problem.

A flawed process prevented admissions representatives, coaches, department chairs and others from knowing what each had told prospective students. The confusion hindered administrators at the private Catholic school that prides itself on getting to know every single one of its 1,800 students.

11/01/2011

Suzanne J. Kallighan was determined to celebrate her 40th birthday without worrying about work. But before the University of Richmond associate bursar could head off on a planned cruise, she had to implement a new computerized accounting system.

"I wanted to be able to get on that boat with nothing hanging over my head," she said.

Because that new system was Nelnet Business Solutions' Commerce Manager, she succeeded.

"I had everybody up and running in less than a week."

That was three years ago. Operating Commerce Manager has gone smoothly ever since.

"I had everybody up and running in less than a week."

10/01/2011

Sometimes you don’t even know you need a solution until one presents itself. At least that’s how Tegrity Lecture Capture grew from a classroom product to a tool embedded in nearly every aspect of Lawson State Community College. 

The college implemented Tegrity in 2005. With 60 percent of the Birmingham, AL, college’s students holding down full- or part-time work, the school hoped to increase engagement, improve its retention level and help working students with attendance issues, notes Academic Dean Sherri Davis. 

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.

Charles Dickens penned the opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities" to describe French Revolutionary times, but they could easily apply to the modern world of student refunds. Or, more specifically, to two of the primary alternatives to paper checks.

One is simple, secure and smart. The other can be convoluted, controversial and painful for students.

 

Issuing refunds from financial aid and tuition overpayments to students used to be a time-consuming and labor-intensive affair at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), just as it is at many colleges and universities. Inefficiency was only part of the problem. Students moved often, and checks were regularly late or lost.

Until last January, issuing financial aid refunds at Antelope Valley College was a long, tedious process. Instruction files were sent from the school to a remote district office, which printed checks and sent them back to the school to be stuffed into envelopes and mailed to students.

It was a time-consuming and costly procedure, explained Sherrie Padilla, director of financial aid at the community college, located in Lancaster, Calif. “We needed to investigate other ways to disburse refunds to students,” she said.

 

Our process was pretty much like everybody else’s. It was all about paper and very time consuming.

When H1N1 made its way to the mountains of northwestern Vermont two years ago, the technology experts at Saint Michael's College were concerned students or teachers might not make it to class. The virus didn't reach epidemic proportions at the small Catholic college, but it energized the team already considering ways to bring lessons beyond the classroom.

 

Welcome to the first Streamlined of 2009! My colleagues and I are proud to continue this series of publications designed to inform college and university administrators about new and innovative methods of streamlining business office operations.

Blinn College has been in the business of educating students since 1883, a point of pride for its administrators. Even as it honors its pioneering roots, the college also has evolved to meet the needs of students. Founded initially to train young men for the ministry, Blinn became the first county-owned junior college in Texas and one of the largest of the state’s 50 community/junior college districts.

 

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Streamlined. My colleagues and I are proud to present this series of publications to inform college and university administrators about new and innovative methods of streamlining business office operations.

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