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Paul Smith’s College Builds Institutional Efficiency with Predictive Analytics

Since using the Rapid Insight analytic software in 2009, Paul Smith’s College has realized a return of investment of over $500,000 and a significant increase in time savings and efficiency.

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Industry Leaders’ Advice on Using BI Tools Effectively

Institutions should invest as much effort in “getting to their data” as they do in choosing and installing a business intelligence tool, says Daryl Orts, vice president of engineering technologies at Noetix.

“Good data models are essential, whether you’re doing real-time operational reporting, building a data warehouse, or both,” Orts relates.

Business Intelligence Gets Smarter

Ease of use and other improvements in BI tools have given higher ed leaders more data power for decision making than ever.

Have you noticed colleagues on campus talking more about business intelligence lately? Considering how much these tools have evolved recently, it wouldn’t be surprising.

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eThority® to Feature Reporting and Analytics Platform at Kuali Days 2011

 eThority, now a part of Equifax and a leader in business analytics solutions for higher education, announced today its participation in Kuali Days 2011. eThority will showcase its unique ability to bring powerful, easy-to-use data interaction, reporting and dashboarding to “open-sourced community” institutions.

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Engage Prospective Students With QR Codes

A marketer's perspective on how (and why) to incorporate them into a campaign

These days, most students are never more than an arm's reach away from their mobile phones. They live, eat, and even sleep near their phones, and increasingly, many of these devices are smartphones. A study from IDC Research found the worldwide mobile phone market grew nearly 20 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2011, fueled by high smartphone growth. Clearly, there is a growing opportunity to engage high school prospects via their mobile devices.

The Art and Science of Managing a University Library Budget

The economic model theory addresses a fundamental question of how scarce resources should be deployed to generate maximum benefits. An economic model includes forecasting, planning, allocating resources, predicting growth, and evaluating risks. The academic library is no exception to an economic model because there is a strong relationship between an academic library and its economic efficiency in budget performance, particularly during economically distressed times. The library operation requires a fresh look at its activities similarly to profit-making firms.

General Revenue

47 Ideas for Raising Funds for Your College From Unusual Sources

Colleges and universities are increasingly turning to alternative revenue streams, such as grants, private donations, custom publishing, patents, real estate, and profitable graduate courses to help raise revenue. Administrators at these schools say it is the only way they can compete with wealthy private schools that have brand names and large endowments.

Portal Authority

Division of Academic and Information Support Services, University of St. Francis (Ill.)

Like many institutions, the University of St. Francis rolled out an online portal a few years ago in order to offer round-the-clock support and information to the entire campus community. Given its varied academic profile—a main campus in Joliet, Ill.; a satellite campus in Albuquerque, N.M.; and a thriving distance-learning program—officials hoped the integration of technology into business processes would lead to greater efficiencies and cost savings.

Integrated Interface

Information Services, Central Methodist University (Mo.)

With a web-based interface allowing for staffers across the institution to input information, officials at Central Methodist University, located in Fayette, Mo., figured that awarding scholarships would be a breeze. After all, admission counselors, coaches, and others could easily enter academic and extracurricular credentials for accepted students, allowing for the appropriate officials to approve scholarships and notify the recipients.

EduComm 2011: "A Lasting Effect"

Most colleges and universities attending EduComm send one or two, sometimes three, people to the conference. Last June, Life University (Ga.) sent seven of its administrators and faculty to learn from the breakout sessions and see the latest higher education technology on the EduComm exhibit floor.