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Why should college administrators consider making part of their website or campus app accessible to speakers of languages other than English, and can you offer any tips for success?

“Providing a multilingual web experience conveys that the institution cares about a diverse background of applicants as well as their enrolled student body. From a digital marketing perspective, providing a web interface in the student’s native language will likely increase enrollment by driving overall web conversions.”

Reaching students and families with social media posts in their native language is one way higher ed institutions can build engagement and drive traffic to the website.

Here’s how two universities are getting social using WeChat. 

WeChat captures the biggest share of mobile apps usage in China, according to the 2017 Internet Trends report from Mary Meeker, a venture capitalist and former technology sector securities analyst.

DIGITAL TRAINING GROUND—Institutions increasingly use mixed-reality platforms with virtual students to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to hone their instructional skills.

The University of Wyoming now uses an augmented reality platform with a simulated class as part of its teacher education program.

Experts say the consolidation is a positive move for the state’s higher ed system. Wisconsin’s community colleges will be able to tap into the state system’s resources and services.(Gettyimages.com: omersukrugoksu).

Under a new proposal by President Ray Cross, the University of Wisconsin would merge the state’s 13 two-year colleges into its system.

Melissa Vito is the senior vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and strategic initiatives at the University of Arizona. 

What do successful models of career services look like? Here’s what I’ve learned at The University of Arizona.

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.

Adaptive Suite (Adaptive Insights)
Cloud-based performance management software for budgeting, planning, forecasting, reporting and dashboards
adaptiveinsights.com

Axiom Higher Education Suite (Kaufman Hall)
Software to support institutional planning and reporting
kaufmanhall.com

California State University's Dominguez Hills campus is set to complete a three-story, 91,000-square-foot building for early 2020.

What do you see as the biggest roadblock for finance offices at colleges in moving away from spreadsheet-based budgeting and financial planning?

“​The biggest roadblock is changing existing processes that are constrained by outdated technology. With … a platform [that has] data integrations, linking, collaboration, control and a full audit trail,  finance teams can create new, efficient processes and modernize the way they work.”

—Matt Rizai, chairman and CEO, Workiva Inc.

Michael S. Zetlin is a founding partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, specializing in construction and contract litigation. Ramsen Youash is an associate with Zetlin & De Chiara’s New York office.

More colleges are turning toward a public-private partnership (P3) model—a practice common in Europe and Australia—to fund new infrastructure or upgrade existing buildings.

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.

Colleges and universities face growing pressure to offer students single rooms.

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.

Focus of institution 

Students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other emotional challenges who prefer living alone because of anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome and other conditions

Enrollment 


Link to main story: College roommate not wanted


351 students in 2017-18

70%—Enrollment growth since 2013

60%—Approximate portion of students, including freshmen, requesting singles

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

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