Economy

Welcome to STREAMLINED

Greetings!
 

Welcome to the second 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.

Offering more choices for making tuition payments

Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., has been using Higher One's tuition payment services since August 2008. Richard Jacobs, Flagler's director of student accounts, discusses the school's experience with electronic tuition payment options.
 

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

Beyond Job Creation

A case for investing in America's 21st-century educational capacity and facilities
 

TODAY’S JOBS MEAN NOTHING without tomorrow’s education. To be sure, stimulus dollars should be deployed to create jobs now. But that deployment also represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the expansion of our nation’s educational capacity and facilities.

Access Matters

Ensuring that preserving access to higher education becomes part of a national dialogue
 

Understanding the OneAccount

When a college or university partners with Higher One to provide electronic refund disbursement, students are given the option of depositing their refunds into a no monthly fee, no minimum balance Higher One checking account, called a OneAccount. Casey McGuane, Higher One's chief service officer, provides answers to common questions about the OneAccount.
 

Higher One helps California college overcome long-standing barriers to direct deposit

A no-hassle student bank account allows Imperial Valley College to deliver fast, secure electronic refunds
 

Seeking an alternative to the slow and inefficient system of mailing financial aid and other refund checks to students, Imperial Valley College set up its own direct deposit system. The only problem was just one out of 10 students signed up.

Uncharted Waters

Navigating enrollments and financial aid in tough times
 

Incubators for Economic Development

The role of regional state colleges and universities in driving new, high-impact ventures
 

An Idea Just Crazy Enough to Work?

 

Four Strategies for a Difficult Economy

How to manage this challenge without compromising your long-term strategy

Today’s economic conditions are monopolizing discussions among leadership teams and boards of trustees at many colleges and universities. It is a nerve-wracking time, to say the least. Financial stresses now loom very large in pending decisions about enrollment, tuition increases, net revenue, financial aid policies, and discount rates.

Here are four immediate strategies to consider how to manage these challenges in ways that do not compromise an institution’s long-term strategy and sustainability:

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