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Research shows that each generation sees more value in a college education than the one before. Even with the rising cost of higher education, this next generation of college students—Generation Z—is no exception. However, Gen Z does have different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations. Colleges and universities need to have a solid understanding of this generation in order to meet their expectations and, ultimately, enhance recruitment and retention.


Students today want more options when it comes to their refunds, and institutions are looking for disbursement methods that limit students’ exposure to fees. In addition, the increased scrutiny and mounting regulatory pressure regarding student refunds disbursement is creating an even greater need for higher ed leaders to reexamine the refund processes at their institutions.


Student success and improving retention rates have become high priorities in higher education. Given significant breadth in definitions, context, programming, funding, and other key factors, what is most important to consider when it comes to student success and retention efforts?



Despite being vulnerable to cyberattacks, many colleges and universities still have insufficient threat management defenses.

Cyberattackers will evade the strongest perimeter security defenses and spy, spread and steal vital research data as well as personal and financial records from members of the campus community, and can access university systems for months or years before a breach is detected.


Every student deserves hands-on experience with the same tools and technologies they’ll encounter in their careers. As an educator, you recognize the need to adapt curriculum accordingly, but you might still be wondering where to begin. Recognizing the profound implications of 3D printing for the future of design and manufacturing, Stratasys Education has designed a 3D printing course to prepare students for current and emerging careers in those fields.


The leadership team at Sam Houston State University has created an award-winning professional development program for its staff aimed at maximizing employee potential and enhancing effective leadership, as part of the university’s strategic goal to foster “a lifelong learning environment in support of a diverse faculty and staff who are excellent scholars, educators, and professionals.”


When scientists embark on a mission to provide free educational materials on a global scale, video becomes the most critical piece, especially with the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative. Established in 2006 by the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir Harold Kroto, GEOSET produces educational content for student class projects, science experiments, teacher support, supplements for a digital CV and many more productions. It also connects to around 50 partner institutions and organizations around the world.


Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to boost retention and completion rates, and national research has shown that students who are highly engaged on campus are more apt to graduate. By using student data and predictive analytics effectively, institutions can improve retention rates by identifying students needing early intervention and proactively helping them succeed.


As more business documents are converted to digital files – and mobile information access becomes a way of life for the students, faculty and staff of the millennial generation – innovative institutions are going beyond simple paperless operations. They are exploring creative ways to automate, optimize and transform business processes for student success and operational efficiency.


A large part of the mission of a campus bookstore is to provide students with the course materials they need, in the format that works best for them, at the most affordable price. But, as a valued partner to the school and its students, it is important to understand that providing affordable course materials is about much more than price alone. It’s about providing students with – and making sure they’re aware of – the tools, resources and support they need to be successful, such as peer-to-peer learning options and tutoring support.


Student demographics are shifting. Competition is closing. Technology is booming. Identifying new strategies that address these changes is critical to staying competitive, increasing revenues, and delivering measurable outcomes. Attend this web seminar to hear from an elite panel of experts as they discuss the unique learning needs and interests of today's tech savvy students, and reveal best practices for leveraging data to personalize your students' educational experience.


No one in the world does automated lecture capture bigger or better than the University of Leeds. Launched in the fall of 2014, the university successfully deployed more than 250 rooms at once. In the first four months alone, they created 16,500 videos that were viewed 185,000 times – and those numbers have been multiplying ever since.

The initiative has catapulted Leeds – chartered in 1904 – into a modern, digital campus, and has had immediate positive impact on teaching and learning.


At Niagara College in Ontario, Canada, a new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre is providing unique opportunities for students, faculty and local businesses to collaborate in innovative ways. 3D printing plays an important role in a variety of projects at the Centre, providing students with valuable real-world experience, faculty with professional development and research opportunities, and local advanced manufacturing businesses with solutions to a variety of challenges.


Higher education institutions consistently face pressure to satisfy the computing, storage and network requirements of their campus power users, the research scientists. Network-connected research sensors continue to decrease in size while their data capacity increases, collaboration between researchers across the world continues to expand and the datasets shared between collaborating researchers and institutions grow in size, all putting added pressure on an institution’s infrastructure.


Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to maintain enrollment, increase student retention and ensure student success. Predictive analytics can play a crucial role in these efforts at institutions of any size, by providing actionable data that can drive more effective strategic decision making.


Your institution collects a wealth of data regarding admissions, financial aid and student success factors. All of these data provide a holistic view of your prospective and current students. But, are you using this actionable intelligence to create and deploy personal and productive messages?


Maintaining your customer service and compliance goals often creates conflicts at higher education institutions because of the resources needed to attain success. While laws, regulations and policies may create unintended barriers to service delivery, compliance requirements cannot be ignored in the face of potential penalties to your school.


Many institutions are challenged to raise graduation rates and increase service to their students, but what is often overlooked is the important role of improving outdated and inefficient registration processes in meeting these goals. New web-based scheduling technology can improve operational efficiency and student service, increase enrollment credit hours, raise on-time graduation rates and save valuable time in the academic office.


The U.S. is home to the largest population of international students in the world. This student demographic enriches educational institutions, but also adds increased complexities. Many institutions struggle to provide a payment experience that is familiar to international students while also efficiently managing the reconciliation process associated with these payments.


When a student gets accepted to a top-10 ranked program like the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, they’re entering the most challenging, rigorous educational environment they’ll ever experience.

But, due to the fact that the school is one of the earliest pioneers and most prolific users of academic video, it’s also one of the most supportive environments. Students are able to review tough lectures and demonstrations to gain a competitive advantage.


Rising student debt and lack of financial literacy among college students are issues of growing concern to higher ed leaders, particularly those focused on non-academic drivers of student success.


As technology advances and students remain on the cutting edge, colleges and universities have no choice but to keep up. That means ensuring that students can access the information they need, whenever they need it, from whatever device they choose. This creates an array of challenges for institutions, from increased volume of help desk calls, to providing a consistent user experience across devices and operating systems, to controlling access to sensitive information.


The goal of retaining students—and seeing them through to degree completion—has become the focus of numerous research initiatives, articles, technology solutions and intervention strategies. While most of the studies reach very different conclusions, most researchers seem to agree that no one factor holds the key to student persistence. How can higher education leaders accurately predict attrition risk, using the same factors and weightings across all student cohorts and across a wide range of types of institutions? The reality is we cannot.


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina has undertaken an ambitious technology strategy across the institution, designed to simplify the student experience, increase access to technology for students regardless of socioeconomic status, and enable access to multiple tools that students will use later in the workforce. Key to these initiatives has been the implementation of Google Apps for Education, as part of an overall cloud strategy for the college system.


USA Funds and Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada have worked in partnership to promote a holistic approach to student loan debt management. The partnership has included implementation of a financial literacy curriculum and peer counselors for TMCC students, communication to student loan borrowers to promote successful loan repayment, the application of analytics to better target outreach to borrowers, and support for an institution-wide “college completion” summit.


In the last few years, video in education has gone from a luxury addition, to a must-have item. Video use cases went from simple lecture capture to a myriad of creative possibilities—from teacher-student collaborations, through campustubes, to in-video quizzes and interactive tools, and more—available anywhere, on any device. Cross-campus video deployment serves to engage students and faculty, enhance results, and extend your institution's reach.


In 2007, Penn State embarked on an ambitious growth initiative for its World Campus online program. But what started out as a goal to increase enrollment for the World Campus with the deployment of an enterprise CRM solution, now drives recruitment communications, campaigns, and workflows in the admissions office of the main campus at University Park, as well as all 20 Penn State campuses. Today, this expansion of CRM across admissions departments and programs has contributed to greater insight into prospects’ interests and goals and more targeted marketing strategies to reach them.


Committed to being a true partner to colleges and universities by supporting student success, Barnes & Noble College recently partnered with Why Millennials Matter to launch a national study on the state of student career preparation and student perceptions about careers after college.

Attend this web seminar to learn the key findings from the survey related to the career preparation roadmap, the skills that today’s employers are looking for, and how schools can help their students build these skills needed for success.

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When UW-La Crosse saw the analog writing on the wall, it embarked on a multiyear project to transform tens of thousands of hours of video footage into searchable digital files.

In the process they’ve opened hundreds of boxes of film and VCR tapes, and one huge Pandora’s Box of tough questions about video, including: What is fair use? Do different rules apply if it’s for an online course vs. face-to-face? Where will we store it? How will we search it? Will it be secure? Can I still show the video I’ve been using for years? What about copyright?


Addressing the technology needs of today’s students is becoming increasingly challenging, as students expect to have mobile access to any and all learning resources, anytime and anywhere, from any device. These challenges require new IT strategies for institutions; IT managers across the institution need to work together with other administrators to address common problems, save money, build relationships, and create value for the university.


Providing online education is an increasingly common strategy for increasing enrollment, improving retention and expanding course offerings to students outside of the traditional on-campus setting. However, an important but often overlooked consideration of any online strategy needs to be the “customer experience” for online students, beginning at the potential student stage and continuing post-graduation.


The rapid evolution of mobile technology is changing the way we learn, work and educate. Mobile students need mobile workspaces with on-demand, secure access to the apps, data and services they require, expanding beyond traditional methods to promote independent and exploratory learning—all without compromising security or compliance.


Document management holds tremendous potential for improving information security and recordkeeping compliance, streamlining processes and enabling colleges and universities to do more with less. Meanwhile, paper-heavy environments can lead to wasted time, reduced productivity and employee frustration.

Attend this web seminar to learn five key ways to create a productive paperless environment at your institution, and learn from real-life examples of how document management has improved the accounts payable department at California State University, Chancellor’s Office.