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The number of student veterans on college campuses is growing.  As more veterans look to continue their education after service to our nation, it’s critically important for colleges and universities to help veterans re-enter civilian life, adapt to the academic environment, and achieve the goal of earning a higher education.

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

Tedd L. Mitchell, who began at the Texas Tech University System as interim chancellor in September, now serves as the fifth chancellor and CEO of the system.

Following a brief stint as interim chancellor, Tedd L. Mitchell will now head up Texas Tech University System, including Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, which he will continue to lead in a position he has held since 2010.

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.

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.

SPECTRUM VOICES—The Spectrum of Opportunity Conference in California included these speakers.

California Lutheran University’s Spectrum of Opportunity Conference aims to help high school students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents, plus faculty and administrators, learn about what’s needed to succeed.

 Michael Babore is executive vice president of consulting services for Relation Insurance Services’ Education Solutions practice. Neil Majors is president of Relation Insurance Services’ Education Solutions practice.

Learn four ways to better understand and optimize your student health insurance plan.

Jennifer Mishory, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, discusses how more states are likely to consider "promise programs" in the new year.

Jennifer Mishory, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, discusses how more states are likely to consider "promise programs" in the new year to increase affordability, and should learn best practices from already established programs.

In UB’s latest edition of Inside Look, find out how architects maintain the historical integrity of structures when repurposing buildings for higher ed use—while ensuring they provide comfort and the modern conveniences students need.

CENTER STAGE—University of Kentucky advancement leaders and Student Philanthropy Board members joined President Eli Capilouto, center, to cut the ribbon at UK’s Center for Student Philanthropy. It officially opened in September.

Higher ed institutions commonly work with students and staff on giving-related programs, and some are now opening offices for student philanthropy.

Katie Broton, a doctoral candidate and a member of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how some students are making difficult trade-offs between paying for college or meeting their basic needs.

CONNECTED AT “HOME”—IT officials at Rivier University recently purchased access points to cover each of the 400 rooms in its residences, giving students hotel room-like coverage from the dorm (shown in background). Across campus, including at the library, the university throttles streaming to preserve bandwidth.

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Many institutional real estate directors turn to spreadsheets, government databases, and asset management or space management modules within an ERP or building management system to bring real estate strategy to the next level.

The spreadsheets and other basic tools many universities use to inform real estate decisions often work well for the modest investment required. Yet solutions specifically designed to aid in real estate decisions offer some advantages.

WORKING TOWARD THE CHAIN—Any graduate of Central New Mexico Community College can currently receive a free online-accessible diploma. By summer 2019, the college anticipates being able to offer transcripts on the blockchain.

Blockchain can help institutions provide academic credentials more quickly and securely. Steps to adoption involve understanding how to make the switch, how the technology will improve service, and how it could disrupt the register’s office status quo.

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