Efficiency

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Looking Back: The Year in Review

University Business has covered several critical finance-related topics and trends over the last 12 months. From tuition to student aid to endowments and fundraising, here, we’ve pulled together what we feel are the 10 hottest or most critical finance-related topics covered by UB during the year.

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Effective Efficiency

It’s nice to see something grow and take on a life of its own. When we first developed the Models of Efficiency program, we honestly didn’t know quite what to expect. We knew that, in the depths of one of the worst economic crises the country has faced in many years, people were desperately trying to find ways to “do more with less.” That mantra was drilled into the way we all did our jobs each day. Now, even as the economic picture improves, the “new normal” requires that college and university departments continue to rein in costs while improving service and effectiveness.

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Fla. Gov. Wants to See Results of State Higher Ed Funding

Gov. Rick Scott's message Wednesday to the Florida Board of Governors and state university presidents was nearly identical to what he's been saying for months. He said that he wants universities to keep costs down and provide a return on the state investment in them.

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Modernize and automate your system for in-person payments

University of Illinois implements self-service cashiering at department level with Nelnet.

Every college strives to maximize electronic payments, but there will always be a need for departments to take in-person payments via check, cash, credit and debit card. Schools that handle these payments and the resulting departmental deposits the way they did 10 years ago, with paper forms and manual data entry, may be missing opportunities for efficiencies and savings. This web seminar, originally presented on April 26, 2012, looked at the benefits realized by the University of Illinois after implementation of the Nelnet cashiering solution.

Move your campus to the mobile age

Universities deploy AT&T Campus Guide to create a smartphone app integrating almost all system data.

With  smartphones and mobile devices everywhere on campus, students expect complete mobile access to everything from course assignments and grades to events and sports news. This web seminar, originally presented on April 11, 2012, explored how two schools use AT&T Campus Guide, enabling them to keep students and staff connected, informed and engaged while on the go.

Nadir Khan
Education Industry Solutions Consultant
AT&T

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New Matrox DualHead2Go External Multi-Display Adapter Provides Cost-Effective Productivity Boost to Mac Users

Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the launch of the DualHead2Go® Digital Mac Edition (ME) external multi-display adapter, designed specifically for use with Mac® systems.

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"Meeting the Challenges of Running a Mail Center" at UBTech2012

The mail center remains at the heart of campus operations and is a major gateway into all areas of the university.

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Models of Efficiency Spring 2012 Honorees

Record Numbers Respond to Efficiency Challenge

As the University Business editorial team began judging the entries for this first round of the Models of Efficiency program’s third year, a few things became clear. One is that, with so much practice, we are becoming all the more efficient in spotting the great efficiency success stories.

Point of Pride

As we get ready to start the third year of our Models of Efficiency program, I want to take a moment to point with pride to the program’s success. Models of Efficiency is a national recognition program for those campus departments that have found ways to streamline operations, save money, and improve constituent satisfaction. That was the challenge we set forth when Models of Efficiency was first announced, and those solutions are just as important, if not more so, today.

Models of Efficiency Fall 2011 Honorees

Henry Ford brought efficiency to the forefront of American business with his assembly line, which introduced automobiles to the masses. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed,” he once said. This same mentality has allowed this fall’s Models of Efficiency honorees to improve services provided by their departments, all without spending a fortune—and often while saving a bundle.

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