Spotlight Story

Colleges can build a better pipeline

11/2017
Melissa Vito is the senior vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and strategic initiatives at the University of Arizona. 

The profile of today’s college student looks much different than it did decades ago, yet the models of career readiness have remained largely the same.

Face-to-face appointments for résumé critiques and interview practice don’t meet the dynamic needs of today’s students. Because of technological advances, job markets are changing rapidly, making it all the more important for students to become flexible, adaptable workers who are prepared to transition throughout multiple careers.

What do successful models of career services look like? Here’s what I’ve learned at The University of Arizona.

From UB

Consolidating two-year colleges to conserve in Wisconsin

December, 2017
Experts say the consolidation is a positive move for the state’s higher ed system. Wisconsin’s community colleges will be able to tap into the state system’s resources and services.(Gettyimages.com: omersukrugoksu).

Under a new proposal by President Ray Cross, the University of Wisconsin would merge the state’s 13 two-year colleges into its system.

Financial software providers on moving away from spreadsheets

December, 2017

What do you see as the biggest roadblock for finance offices at colleges in moving away from spreadsheet-based budgeting and financial planning?

“​The biggest roadblock is changing existing processes that are constrained by outdated technology. With … a platform [that has] data integrations, linking, collaboration, control and a full audit trail,  finance teams can create new, efficient processes and modernize the way they work.”

Groundbreakings: College science building, business school, learning commons

December, 2017
The science and innovation building at the California State University's Dominguez Hills campus will contain wet and dry labs with bi-folding doors that connect to outside workshops.

California State University's Dominguez Hills campus is set to complete a three-story, 91,000-square-foot building for early 2020.

Getting beyond the spreadsheet

December, 2017

Adaptive Suite (Adaptive Insights)
Cloud-based performance management software for budgeting, planning, forecasting, reporting and dashboards
adaptiveinsights.com

Axiom Higher Education Suite (Kaufman Hall)
Software to support institutional planning and reporting
kaufmanhall.com

Higher education diversity, from the top down

December, 2017
Source: “The Representation and Pay of Women and Minorities in Higher Education Administration: Institutions That Are Getting It Right,” cupahr.org, 2017

In many cases, institutions are not creating a more inclusive atmosphere for top female and minority administrators by paying them as much as their white, male peers.

Sponsored Content

12/5/2017

Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle—and the fact that payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying affected individuals.

11/16/2017

An increasing number of institutions are taking advantage of mobile technology to help recruit, engage and enroll prospective and admitted students. Mobile apps are being used for self-guided campus tours, open houses, recruitment events, college nights and more, providing a highly effective way for admissions and enrollment departments to meet the needs of these students.

11/14/2017

As higher education continues to feel pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency, campus IT environments are rapidly changing and the speed of cloud adoption is increasing. More schools are utilizing cloud technology to modernize systems, cut costs and analyze data to gain insights about more cost effective ways to run the institution. But, it is crucial that such an important decision is made strategically, and that cloud systems are adequately assessed to ensure they will meet the needs of the institution.

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Exploring diverse applications for full-color multi-material 3D printing in Education

11/9/2017

The development of today’s students into tomorrow’s successful alumni ambassadors is an aspiration shared by institutions and students. To realize it, student borrowers must be empowered with the practical skills and knowledge that drive retention, completion and successful loan repayment.

Attend this prerecorded webcast to learn how an integrated, student-centric approach to default prevention can help you more effectively advance the mutual success of your school and your students.