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With the addition of the CASHNet Mobile Payments App, purchasing can be done anywhere, anytime at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private Jesuit institution with 7,400 students in Spokane, Washington. From club events to games, there is always something happening on campus.

However, until nine years ago there was no secure, hosted environment where students, staff, and visitors could purchase tickets to events with a credit or debit card.

“We also had students studying abroad who had the opportunity to do weekend trips, but there was no easy way for their parents to pay for trips from the U.S.,” says Linda Wilson, financial systems and services manager.

Institutions of all sizes are facing increased scrutiny of their student ID systems in light of recent security concerns. At the same time, budgets are tight for many colleges and universities, creating a number of common challenges when it comes to the business processes involved with issuing student IDs and maintaining an ID system.

Mark Henry, senior information technology professional in charge of innovative learning technologies, Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University

Five years ago, Texas A&M Industrial and Systems Engineering students at the main campus in College Station, Texas, had one option for accessing course-required software to do their homework—a university computer lab. In the near future, thanks to Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp and the university’s BYOD initiative, engineering majors on the main campus, home to over 60,000 students, can access that software from any device.

For institutions to remain competitive, they must support a growing student population while providing responsive and top-quality student services. Linn-Benton Community College, which serves over 20,000 full-, part-time and non-credit students in Oregon, automated admissions processes to ensure that exceptional student experience begins from the first point of contact with the college, while improving efficiency and reducing costs.

University of Alabama’s Crimson Ride moves students and visitors around campus on game days and every day

The University of Alabama’s former president, Robert Witt, tasked the campus with both increasing enrollment and becoming more pedestrian-friendly in 2006. An extensive transportation system helped support both of those goals. Alabama partnered with First Transit, one of the largest private-sector providers of mobility solutions in North America, to implement an initial network of 17 buses. That fleet has grown to 51 buses in ten years.

Imagine using academic video to strengthen prerequisite skills, enhance curriculum content, ease anticipated student struggles, and push students further in their knowledge of course material. Brooke McCurdy has been teaching math for more than 14 years. When her classes morphed from a traditional in-person method to a flipped-classroom environment, she saw the success of her students soar as they became more engaged.

Over the next decade, higher education will experience a significant shift, as the millennial generation gives way to “Generation Z.” As a result of this multi-generational shift in student expectations, institutions will have to adapt how they do business across departments, from financial aid to the business office to student services. This will include using social media effectively to communicate with students and their families—particularly in the financial aid and business offices.

Given the current environment in higher ed, the pressure to contain costs and the need to justify expenses, it is more critical than ever that any technology investment not only meet the needs of staff, students and the institution, but also provide a clear return on investment. When it comes to the significant investment involved with implementing an ERP, there are strategies and approaches that any institution can take to reduce total cost of ownership, as well as realize ROI in the least amount of time possible.

Fresh Ideas provides university students with innovative meals made to order with fresh, local ingredients

Gone is the single cafeteria line in the Maryville University dining hall, with the Missouri institution’s students making their way down a familiar row of plates, picking up food not much different from the day before. Enter Fresh Ideas, featuring a vibrant food hall that offers innovative meals prepared in front of students by culinarians using fresh, local ingredients. Menus change daily and weekly and include gluten-free, vegan and other dietary options, as well as information on allergens and healthy choices.

A variety of recent studies have shown that active learning—engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration—is more effective than traditional lecturing, and can even result in better exam performance and reduced failure rates. Technology often plays a significant role in the active learning classroom, by providing real-time feedback, improving information retention and promoting meaningful interaction between an instructor and students.

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