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Community colleges confront hiring challenges

December, 2018
STAFFING SHIFTS—Study shows changes in higher ed hiring from 2016 to 2017 and teaching trends at two- and four-year schools.

Community colleges have seen a drop in faculty employment applications, according to a recent PowerSchool survey. They are are now leveraging new software to fine-tune the hiring process, among other efforts.

Student lactation stations on campus

December, 2018
LACTATION POLICIES FOR STUDENTS—Campus administrators (about 60% from facilities, about 25% from administration and finance, and about 11% from human resources) were asked if they have a student policy.
CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE—Lactation rooms at the University of Pennsylvania include a hospital-grade pump and colorful walls.

While most higher ed institutions are in compliance with the 2010 update of the Fair Labor Act and provide staff with a designated area to express milk, there is a large variation in these accommodations for students.

How today’s employees get the job ‘won’

December, 2018
PERSPECTIVE ON THE DATA—“It really struck us that the high school economy still provides 13 million good jobs,” says Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which helped produce recent job research.

Two out of three jobs now demand at least some education or training, confirms new research. Three pathways still remain: a high school education, middle-skills training or education, and a four-year college degree.

Will midterm elections lead to higher ed reform?

December, 2018

While House Democrats push affordability agenda, divided control of Congress could cause gridlock.

Elite learning, anywhere

December, 2018

UPenn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies now offers an online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. While many Ivies have digital advanced learning programs, this is the first online option for undergrads.

Sponsored Content

12/13/2018

Students expect their higher education experience to be modern and digital, but for many institutions, core systems across campus still rely on paper-based, manual and siloed processes. By automating processes and modernizing workflows, institutions can improve the user experience while reducing costs and workload and improving efficiency.

Nudge theory—using subtle reinforcements to positively influence behavior—is increasingly being implemented in higher education, having been proven to increase FAFSA completions, decrease summer melt and improve retention rates. Tiny “nudges” can result in big changes at any institution.

From left to right: Meghan Turjanica, Product Manager for Student Success, Jenzabar; Mathew Arndt, Lead Data Scientist, Jenzabar; Wade Leuwerke, Associate Professor, Drake University, Co-creator, Jenzabar Student Success Survey.

Many institutions ask their enrollment teams, advising offices, faculty and other departments to focus on student success, but these departments often do not understand all of the unique factors that contribute to the success of their students. A more holistic view is crucial to helping students succeed.

From left to right: Nicole Engelbert, Vice President, Higher Education Development, Oracle; Steve Hahn, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tonjia S. Coverdale, Ph.D., Vice President, Information Technology and CIO, Central State University (Ohio).

Students are arriving on campus with a rapidly changing set of goals and expectations. Meeting these expectations while supporting student success across the life cycle requires institutional transformation, bold strategies and innovative use of technology. Cloud-based systems can be essential to the transformation, but utilizing this technology effectively requires a strategic approach.

From left to right: Joseph Clay, VP HCM Transformation, Oracle; Pamela Stroko, VP HCM Transformation, Oracle.

With the landscape of higher ed rapidly changing, it is crucial that institutions can compete for top faculty, staff and leadership, who are not only talented people with the right skills, but are also passionate, engaged and mission-driven.