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In 2006, a group of small colleges was at a crossroads.  The grant that the schools had received to pay for the license for its commercial Learning Management System (LMS) had come to an end, and the schools couldn’t afford to continue paying for it.  One attractive alternative was an open source LMS. Even though the hosting and support would require financial resources, the software license for open source is affordable: it’s free.

Why is digital marketing—so easily measurable—not measured in higher education at the level it is in other industries?

CAPSULED LEARNING—This art appreciation late-start class meets for seven weeks on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in an interactive classroom, linking three campuses for a class of  31 students.

Community colleges bet on a wide variety of scheduling options to attract and retain students whose lives are already filled by jobs and families.

Gloria Cordes Larson is president of Bentley University and author of Prepared U (2017 Jossey-Bass).

In her book Prepared U, Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson says institutions that focus on professional studies fall short on building “lifelong learning skills” outside their fields of study.

Improving space utilization is a goal on every campus, with data analysis tools and software key to many efforts. Ultimately, there are different cases for different spaces.

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA is conferred by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, but students don’t do all of their coursework at the Ithaca-based business school.

“Our Tech MBA is very unique in that our students are living and working with students from other [Cornell] programs in what we call ‘studio’ learning,” says Doug Stayman, associate dean at Cornell Tech and associate professor of marketing at the management school.

DOWN TO BUSINESS—Dean Idie Kesner (left) congratulates MBA for Educators graduate Casey Stansifer, a school district curriculum coordinator.

Applications to full-time, two-year MBA programs in the U.S. have been down since 2014, and this past fall, 64 percent of programs reported declines, says a survey report. 

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

Despite growth in the number of graduate degrees conferred, students have lacked vital information on the economic value of an advanced degree. A recent American Enterprise Institute report uses new data from Colorado, Florida and Texas to show that future earnings depend on the field of study.

In what ways do you see colleges falling short in utilizing data to make better admissions recruitment and acceptance decisions? What kinds of data should they be using more of or better?

“Many colleges are not viewing their admissions decisions through the lens of retention and degree completion. Institutions should understand the profile of their most successful students, refine their recruiting strategy accordingly and ensure they are allocating their financial aid to maximize both yield and retention.”

—Darren Catalano, CEO, HelioCampus

Quiz: Is your cybersecurity policy effective?

At the Internet of Things Village of the DEF CON security conference in 2016, hacking contests revealed nearly 50 vulnerabilities in 23 devices from 21 manufacturers.

Adjuncts' short-term, inexpensive contracts, offering no obligation of renewal, provide institutions with much-needed options in managing budgets. But a new wave of activism is challenging the status quo.

David P. Angel is president of Clark University in Massachusetts.

One area with tremendous promise is helping students to connect their liberal arts education to career paths after college

As chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Metropolitan State University of Denver, Catherine B. Lucas redefined the school’s brand in the higher education marketplace, spearheaded the legislative approval process to offer master’s degrees, and led the name-change transition from “college” to “university.”

We are in the business of teaching and learning. So why not expand our learning and explore our mistakes—and the lessons we absorb from them?

As more colleges make dual-enrollment classes available online, new options are emerging for structuring classes, boosting student/teacher interaction and ensuring content rigor. Here are some successful approaches.

Ronald K. Machtley is president of Bryant University in Rhode Island.

What’s more important in higher education: preparing for a profession or attaining a well-rounded liberal arts education? The answer is that in today’s world both are critical.

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