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Sian Beilock, a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2017 Troland Research Award, is the new president of Barnard College.

Sian Beilock has been named the new president of Barnard College, the women’s institution that’s part of Columbia University.

Form a benefits committee.

At Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a benefits advisory committee works with an insurance broker to contain costs and determine the best plan designs while providing competitive employee benefits. The committee, which is chartered by the president, includes several administrators from finance and HR along with two faculty members.

Health insurance is a hot topic in Congress, and that’s not the only place. Each year, campus leaders are confronted by a daunting need to contain costs while providing benefits expected by employees.

Some higher education institutions have introduced the next generation of mentoring practices to expand development opportunities to more of their employees, integrate the these initiatives into existing programs, and offer reverse and lateral learning across campus.

Not all campus mail centers are actually run by the institution.

What do you see as today’s biggest challenge in operating a campus mailroom? Is there anything colleges tend to do that makes the problem worse?

The mailroom is becoming a more visible and important part of auxiliary services at colleges across the country, with some institutions overhauling their facilities completely to accommodate the new technology that streamlines service.

FINDINGS ANNOUNCED, CHARGES MADE—Timothy Piazza’s parents received the news on May 5 that the investigation of his death would result in criminal charges. The frat Beta Theta Pi and eight of its members face manslaughter charges.

The question of how to accommodate Greek life is a continued conundrum for college officials nationwide.

Badges have not just motivated students to take a deeper look at the skills they’ve earned. Several institutions also issue badges for professional development. 

SCHOLARLY PURSUITS— SUNY Oneonta awards badges to participants in its annual Research and Creativity Day. Each April, students present projects—from research papers to video documentaries—they’ve completed independently and with faculty mentors.

Diplomas—those venerable printed documents that lack hotlinks and interactivity features—have lost some of their luster.

Matthew Poslusny is senior vice president and provost at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

Watching students receive their degrees fills us with pride. However, the ceremony itself often leaves us with dread. How long will it be? Will the names of the students be pronounced correctly?

There are many ways in which higher education engages in cross-border education. The most common remain study abroad opportunities for students. In the last decade, however, colleges and universities have begun to extend their international presence to include branch campuses to better position students to enter a globally-connected workforce, improve global rankings, tap into alternative revenue streams and respond to foreign investment interests.  

Folks ask us about popular college career programs – for example, the emergent death care industry – after all, “people are dying to get in.” Just ask any baby boomer who is planning end of life and death care arrangements, and you will hear about white hot jobs – just try “cremation,” no pun intended. Seriously, over the past decade the death care sector has morphed as Americans grow older.

It’s known that full-time students graduate more quickly and more often than do their part-time counterparts. But what about students who fluctuate between full- and part-time status?

Higher education needs to focus on employee development and start rebuilding their own farm systems. Why do so many colleges look externally for new talent instead of developing their employees? 

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