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Some higher ed institutions are giving new technologies the ol’ college try in preparation for future financial challenges. Here’s a closer look at five compelling reasons to move beyond spreadsheets.

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.

What are key considerations for administrators when deciding whether to provide more single dorm rooms on campus?”

“Most freshman are in a fragile state during their first year and placing them in a single room can increase the feeling of isolation, leading to lower retention rates. They often need a ready-made roommate/buddy that can help ease the transition.

“However, on the other end of the spectrum, upper-level students often are looking for options to live on campus, but in their own controlled apartment-like environment.

The closure of Amazon’s virtual bookseller at UMass Amherst underscores once again the need for campus stores to diversify services.

Vanessa Grigoriadis is the author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus (2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She is also a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair.

If there’s one thing clear from Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, it is that what you think you know about sex on campus is probably wrong.

Ask higher education insiders about the traditional pathway to the Presidency and they will tell you it goes through academics – typically stepping up from the role of Chief Academic Officer.  

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., is president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Increasingly, higher education is taking a larger role in providing opportunities for our veterans.

Attention to underserved students may be well spent on single mothers, a growing demographic on campus.

Martin Pritikin is the dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully online law school. He can be reached at martin.pritikin@kaplan.edu.

The high cost of legal education drives up the cost of legal services, and both law schools and law firms are typically concentrated in pricier metropolitan areas. Fortunately, readily available technology can address both problems.

An emerging area involves ensuring students who have returned after being dismissed for poor academic performance stay on track to completion.

Officials at Webster University in Missouri noticed a number of graduate students had stopped registering for classes. Recognizing they did not have the staff resources to provide intensive support, they formed a pilot with InsideTrack, a company that partners with colleges to create adaptive coaching options.

Launched in fall 2017, the pilot included 511 students (including 101 online-only students) who receive specialized coaching.

Event management systems have given schools greater control over everything from booking spaces to ordering food, linens and equipment.

Date: October 13, 2017, during the annual reunion and homecoming weekend and to celebrate a new capital campaign 

Offices involved: Procurement Services partnered with the Institute Advancement Events Department and Presidential Events group, along with a cross-functional team representing groups from all over campus, including student activities, student life and public safety.

Timeline:

Event-related providers were asked: “What type of campus event could college administrators do a better job planning?”

“Open houses and campus tours are great opportunities to engage prospective students and parents, but many colleges and universities are not getting the full return. Offering students more immediate ways to learn about or sign up for events from their mobile devices is key to converting visitors into prospects. Promoting events online with registration in the same place will also lead to better results.”

Those of us in higher education and in the nonprofit sector know the importance of effective storytelling, yet we often fall prey to telling stories that we want to tell instead of what our audiences desire to read or hear.

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