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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

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has launched a new consortium to address the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

LEARNING BY DOING—Students who are a best fit for New York Institute of Technology tend to enjoy hands-on problem-solving and can pursue programs such as electrical and computer engineering.

College admissions teams now go beyond zip codes and SAT scores to micromatch students who are most likely to apply to, enroll in and succeed at their institutions.

Like many other institutions, Cornell University participates in an interlibrary loan system for faculty, staff and students.

Borrow Direct (borrowdirect.org) went live in 1999 after founding institutions Columbia, Penn and Yale partnered with the Research Libraries Group to develop the program for “Ivy Plus” institutions.

Besides the three initial universities and Cornell, participants are Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Stanford.

The finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed into law poses less of a perceived threat to higher ed than the bill that passed the House.

Proponents say that people who use education-savings accounts will benefit from deductions in student loan interest.

Critics, however, predict that the doubling of the standard deduction will result in fewer philanthropic contributions to colleges and universities. —Steven Wyman-Blackburn

“The company will make an initial investment of $50 million in a new and ongoing education program specifically designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees—a result of the recently enacted tax reform and representing a total allocation of more than $175 million in this fiscal year.” Continue reading.

Joanne Martin, a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, will share her perspectives as a keynote speaker in June at the UBTech 2018 conference in Las Vegas.

As the former chief information security officer and vice president for IT risk at IBM, Joanne Martin ensured the firm’s information assets were protected.

STACKS UPON STACKS—Cornell and Ithaca students not finding what they need in their home campus libraries can now visit the neighboring school for more options.

Sharing resources among campuses makes sense for more than economical reasons, as colleges are finding these opportunities can better serve busy students.

Q: What can higher ed institutions do to best protect themselves from technical vulnerabilities that most people would not expect are vulnerabilities (for example, wireless printers)?

“The most important thing organizations can do is ensure they have visibility into every layer of their IT environment—from the network perimeter all the way down to the endpoints. The more an IT team knows about what is connected to the network, the more effectively they can secure it.”

—Joe Aronow, product architect, Cisco Meraki

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.

David Steele-Figueredo is president of Woodbury University in California.

While gender and ethnic diversity has evolved from a business imperative to a moral and social imperative, today’s higher education system has been comparatively slow to emphasize the importance of a diverse, multicultural experience.

Higher education happens to be a leading target for ransomware attacks, in part because of our open approach to the sharing of information and our embrace of different cultures and peoples.

 Sean Brown helped develop and launch disruptive academic technologies at firms such as Apple, IBM, Oracle and Sonic Foundry.

Today, the use of university-produced academic video brings the promise of redemption and prescient help for students of all stripes through the science of predictive analytics.

Athletics at the community college level bring far less pomp, circumstance, attention and money than their NCAA Division I counterparts. But that doesn’t mean they don’t play a significant role.

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.

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