Spotlight Story

Joining the ranks of military friendly colleges for student vets

07/2017
 Rasheed Atwater is a student veteran at Eastern Michigan University. Russell Olwell is an associate dean and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Faculty and administrators may assume that student veterans already have the funds they need to pay for school, that they are plugged into healthcare through the Veterans Administration, and are well on their way to a degree or career. This is not the case on campuses across the nation—and student veterans will tell you so.

To help a large university in Michigan better serve student-veterans, we conducted a perception survey.

Asked for three words that described being a student veteran, responses included:

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Strengthening support for dreamers of undocumented immigrants

August, 2017
DREAMER PRIDE—A participant certificate awarded for the completion of Sacramento State’s Dreamer Ally training explains the meaning of its hummingbird logo. These birds are known for overcoming challenges, and  the circle represents a reminder that undocumented students are welcome.

With the specter of a federal crackdown on illegal immigration looming, higher ed institutions are finding ways to better serve undocumented students, and also protect their identities.

Planning and marketing events for undocumented students

August, 2017

Prep and marketing for Rutgers University-Camden’s first college fair for undocumented students, held this June, required an individualized approach, says Mary Beth Daisey, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Freedom of expression on campus: Controversial speakers, student protests

August, 2017

Bills that could impact how students exercise free speech at public higher ed institutions—and that could also dictate how administrators discipline “disruptive” behavior—are winning various levels of support in statehouses across the country.

Making room for the military

August, 2017

Active members of the military represent their own component of the nontraditional population.

Repairing a reputation damaged by protests

August, 2017
The change of Freshmen enrollment at the University of Missouri from 2015 to 2017. (Source: University of Missouri).

Freshman enrollment at the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri has fallen by more than 35 percent since the institution’s well-publicized and racially driven student protests in November 2015, according to a July New York Times article.

Sponsored Content

7/13/2017

The leadership of Dickinson College understands the importance of predictive analytics to help shape their class. But they also know that models can get stale, and will only improve when they are transparent and institutional departments collaborate during the model building and enrollment process.

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College and university leaders manage large datasets that are compiled across people, departments and systems. Producing quality performance reports, institutional effectiveness measures, and academic data can be a challenge in today’s environment. In addition to maintaining reliable and accurate data, higher ed leaders are continually asked to do more work, with more depth—but without additional resources. 

By the time they graduate, nearly 100 percent of students from The University of Toledo Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales have jobs. How? One of the secrets is video.

In this web seminar, a leader from the business school demonstrated how to use academic video to maximize student engagement in the classroom, and how it can also give students a leg up as they enter the professional world, through examples such as engaging homework assignments, hosting a national sales competition, and strategically connecting students and recruiters with video.

Colleges and universities face an increasingly competitive environment for attracting and retaining students. These challenges are further complicated with tighter funding constraints and the need to keep up with the latest technological advancements to remain competitive. Student ID card systems are not immune to these pressures; outdated ID technology can result in increased costs, long wait times for students, as well as privacy and security issues.

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enise Swett has seen the same approach from several different companies when it comes to offering academic-planning solutions: Plenty of promises that do not fit the needs students at Foothill College, a community college in Northern California.

“Everyone says they’re going to solve our retention problems or graduation problems,” says Swett, who has a doctorate in education and is vice president of student services at Foothill.