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Feb 2011

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Digital signage has existed on campuses in some form for decades. Originally, it was standard television sets embedded in the wall with a slow crawl of text showing campus news. Now, high-quality flatscreens display live TV, text, and information tickers all at the same time.

Feature

Interactivity: It's one of the hottest trends on campus, at least according to Ryan Cahoy, managing director at Rise Display. Way-finding is the most common application.

There are 18 million college students, 40 percent of whom receive federal financial aid every spring and every fall. The average student, after class drops and other adjustments, gets 2.5 refunds totaling $1,300.

Automating refunding and other billing and payments makes even more sense in this age of doing more with less. Those not in the business office may wonder about bursar operations. According to the team of five at Texas Women's University, that office is responsible for:

Computer equipment is an obvious category choice for institutions unfamiliar with leasing. Here are other equipment types worthy of a lease option look:

In a prior position within campus procurement, Gary Link of E&I Cooperative Purchasing did some digging and learned of departments that were leasing everything. "There were no controls over what they could and could not lease.

With furloughs, layoffs, and slashed budgets becoming a "business as usual" occurrence in higher education, professional development is taking a hard blow. In some cases, it has been dramatically cut or eliminated for the foreseeable future.

Global education has been a focus in American higher education for several years.

Digital signage has existed on campuses in some form for decades. Originally, it was standard television sets embedded in the wall with a slow crawl of text showing campus news. Now, high-quality flatscreens display live TV, text, and information tickers all at the same time.

Digital signage is an important link in campus emergency messaging efforts and can be more rapid than text or e-mail. "It doesn't matter what sign is up there, lurking behind every message is the emergency alert system," says Spencer W.

Focus

Based on Twitter, blogs, and web conferences, it looks like everybody in higher education is talking about check-ins, Facebook Places, Foursquare, Gowalla, and SCVNGR.

Which widely recognized institutions of higher learning come to mind when you think "Big Business"? University Business readers may think of world class research universities and nationally ranked business schools like Harvard, Stanford, Baylor, Babson, or the University of Chicago.

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The judging has begun on the next round of Models of Efficiency entries, the first of three installments for 2011.

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