Best Practices

HE v3.0: The retailing of higher education

There exist an endless number of articles, books, blogs, and interviews on the state of higher education (HE) in America. The themes are consistent – fewer resources, fewer students, bloated administrative staff, less affordability, unsustainable student debt, poor graduation rates, unimpressive employability skills and what the heck is a MOOC and why should I care.

Creating a win/win

The right IT governance policies and guidelines give colleges and universities a flexible yet secure approach to information management, ensuring buy-in, compliance and transparency.

Establishing IT governance that effectively and securely manages all the organization’s information requires addressing four key areas—people, policy, technology and risk management.

Getting down to business

In today’s competitive and cost-conscious higher education arena, colleges and universities must begin implementing information management strategies if they want to thrive.

In her capacity as education program strategist for Laserfiche, Linda Ding has worked with universities and colleges across the country helping them implement more efficient information-management processes. Agile Campus spoke with Ding about what institutions can do to meet this objective while honing their competitive edge.

Heeding the call

Institutions of higher learning and their financial aid departments face increasing governmental pressure to perform; using ECM solutions improves performance and recruiting

In light of President Obama’s recent speech outlining his goals for higher education, the need to become more transparent, accountable and efficient has become particularly acute for those charged with managing student financial aid, says Linda Ding, education program strategist for Laserfiche.

At-Large: Staff development presentation essentials

Effective recommendations for getting your staff up to speed on online technologies

While digital technologies have become central to our society and our lives in higher education, the continuing development of the internet, mobile phone applications, and social media brings the need for up-to-date professional development. Indeed, standing still with digital technology means we are falling behind, and your staff needs continuing opportunities to evaluate and implement new online options.

Staying safe “out there”

University and college police departments work hard to maintain security and safety; Laserfiche ECM technology provides the right tool to make the job easier.

University and college police departments may operate in a smaller arena than most city law enforcement agencies, but their need for accurate and up-to-date intelligence is no different, nor are the challenges they face when trying to manage this through a paper-based system. ECM can help alleviate the problem.

Business continuity planning for higher education

An effective business continuity plan must be based on both a sound knowledge of your institution’s culture and structure, as well as on well-defined policies and procedures that make the plan a part of your daily operations, rather than something that is referred to only in case of emergency.

An effective business continuity plan must be based on both a sound knowledge of your institution’s culture and structure, as well as on well-defined policies and procedures that make the plan a part of your daily operations, rather than something that is referred to only in case of emergency.

Barrier-Free and Efficient

Departments across campus must share information, a need not always easily, quickly, or securely achieved; Laserfiche Workflow technology breaks down the barriers inhibiting information-sharing.

If the various departments on campus were entirely self-contained, never having to share information with, or seek it out from, other departments, then a paper-based, hardcopy system might not be so unwieldy. But as anyone in education will tell you, no department is an island. Instead, there’s a massive amount of back and forth; a reality that a paper-based system is increasingly ill-suited for, says Linda Ding, education program strategist for Laserfiche.

A Logical Launching Pad

Taking Enterprise Content Management (ECM) campus-wide is essential to achieving greater efficiencies; success is best assured if this effort starts with AP.

In the push to achieve greater efficiencies, institutions of higher learning are looking at ways to standardize business practices and bring greater uniformity to departments across the campus. Increasingly, they’re relying on ECM tools to achieve this objective, an effort that typically starts with Accounts Payable (AP), says Linda Ding, education program strategist for Laserfiche.

Keeping Information Mobile and Secure

The use of technology like iPads and iPhones has freed workers from their desks, increasing the need to develop security-focused strategies.

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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