Higher education professionals responsible for administering financial aid continue to confront key challenges, from shifting regulations to fast-moving technology. The new Cash Management rules published by the U.S. Department of Education, for example, will significantly impact the administration and disbursement of financial aid.
Many colleges and universities face challenges when it comes to their phone and communications systems. Outdated phone systems offer limited capabilities and often consume time and resources due to support and maintenance requirements.
The ways in which stakeholders across an institution—administrators, faculty and staff members—think about student success will dramatically influence how they program, intervene, and ultimately structure efforts to identify at-risk students and help them succeed.
When the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Clark University in Massachusetts experienced an 87 percent increase in application volume between 2012 and 2015, administrators recognized that they needed to overhaul their yield forecasting and admitted student engagement efforts.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was developed to encourage and enhance cardholder data security and facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures globally. Version 3.2 is being released now and includes a number of updates.
Nontraditional students can represent significant potential for an institution to reach enrollment goals, but this population also presents unique challenges.
An increasing number of colleges and universities are redesigning traditional lecture halls and classrooms into active learning classrooms, which are more flexible and open designs that better foster teamwork, collaboration and interactive instruction through a variety of engaging technologies.
EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) is a new international standard for payment cards which leverages a dynamic chip for more secure point-of-sale transactions. EMV is a proven means of fighting card-present fraud and has been in use around the world for some time, but is just beginning to enter U.S. payment processing systems, including those on college and university campuses.
For institutions looking to grow and expand their student population, a primary challenge is ensuring that administrative services keep pace with the flood of new students.
A small proportion of higher education institutions in the U.S. command a majority of international student enrollment. While 108 doctorate-granting universities enroll just 11 percent of all students in the country, they enroll some 44 percent of all international students. What explains this trajectory of so many international students towards a small number of institutions?