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Higher education professionals responsible for disbursing financial aid continue to confront key challenges, from shifting regulations to the expense of cutting and managing paper checks. The new Cash Management rules published by the U.S. Department of Education, for example, will significantly impact the administration and disbursement of financial aid. In addition, the rapid evolution of the financial services industry and emerging electronic payments technologies require a depth of understanding greater than ever before.

Glenn Jystad, Director of Products, Mondopad

The key thing IT leaders need to keep in mind is not only the awareness that technology has changed, but the reasons why it has changed. Older multimedia equipment was very simple in functionality.

The Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology trains individuals and organizations to prepare for success in a global environment. Face-to-face communication is a vital part of that work.

Brady Bruce, CMO, InFocus

Unfortunately, technology budgets do not often grow when campuses do. So selections must be made with maximum ROI in mind, from both the usability and support ends.

Arvind Jagannathan, Director of Digital Experience, Nelnet Business Solutions

User experience is essentially the sum total of how the user feels interacting with a product or service. User experience is often misunderstood as user interface design or usability, but is more than that. It encompasses everything that can shape the experience with a product or service on campus.

Through eCampus.com Virtual Bookstores, an Illinois university  offers more affordable textbooks and sees increased merchandise sales

The campus bookstore traditionally was the one place students could purchase the right edition of texts for their courses—albeit at full cost. With the rise of online retailers came competition for the bookstore, as student access to more affordable textbook options grew exponentially.

Michael Ferrer, Director of Solutions Sales, NEC Display Solutions

Video walls can make a big impression on a university campus, conveying an image of a school on the cutting edge of technology while providing ancillary benefits as teaching aids, wayfinding signage or more. Seven questions can guide a successful video wall installation plan:.

While faced with state and federal regulations, an increasingly competitive recruitment environment and intense pressure to contain costs, many colleges and universities have been unable to modernize critical business processes, which could help address key challenges in admissions, finance, and fundraising. Siloed data, manual processes and inefficient workflows can be costly, create security vulnerabilities and prevent institution leaders from understanding the true costs of doing business.

Computers and internet connectivity continue to become vital across industries, from communications to transportation, medicine, energy, manufacturing, defense, finance and many more. But while this technology has enhanced the features and capabilities of everything from household appliances and cars to medical devices and the electrical grid, there are also serious concerns about the vulnerability of all of this hardware.

University Business and Oracle partnered to explore some of the biggest challenges faced in higher education by surveying college and university business, finance and executive leaders in April 2016. Over 300 leaders responded, who identified some of the challenges they face, described the progress being made in addressing these challenges, and highlighted the extent to which they are turning to cloud computing solutions.

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