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Following the multiple hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast this past September, several higher ed institutions used unmanned aerial vehicles or systems—or drones—to assess damage on campuses and beyond.

An emerging area involves ensuring students who have returned after being dismissed for poor academic performance stay on track to completion.

Officials at Webster University in Missouri noticed a number of graduate students had stopped registering for classes. Recognizing they did not have the staff resources to provide intensive support, they formed a pilot with InsideTrack, a company that partners with colleges to create adaptive coaching options.

Launched in fall 2017, the pilot included 511 students (including 101 online-only students) who receive specialized coaching.

Event management systems have given schools greater control over everything from booking spaces to ordering food, linens and equipment.

Event-related providers were asked: “What type of campus event could college administrators do a better job planning?”

“Open houses and campus tours are great opportunities to engage prospective students and parents, but many colleges and universities are not getting the full return. Offering students more immediate ways to learn about or sign up for events from their mobile devices is key to converting visitors into prospects. Promoting events online with registration in the same place will also lead to better results.”

Date: October 13, 2017, during the annual reunion and homecoming weekend and to celebrate a new capital campaign 

Offices involved: Procurement Services partnered with the Institute Advancement Events Department and Presidential Events group, along with a cross-functional team representing groups from all over campus, including student activities, student life and public safety.

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Here’s what colleges paying attention to the potential of digital signage as a revenue source—directly or indirectly—are doing to make it work.

Increasingly sophisticated cameras may enhance security, but they also raise privacy concerns.

Administrators must confront these issues when upgrading surveillance technology and tracking the analytics it generates, advises Larry Consalvos of IXP Corporation, the company that provided software, consulting and project management for Cal State, Northridge’s systems.

CREDIT CONVERSATION—Conferences of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships help ensure dual enrollment students experience a seamless transition into college. (Todd Goodrich).

Colleges and universities in 47 states engage with school district partners to offer dual enrollment programs, in which courses are taught on college campuses, at high schools or online.

A failure to gather data—not rigor or readiness—may be the biggest issue facing early college programs, believes Jason Taylor, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Utah who has devoted his career to studying dual enrollment.

“There is not a lot of empirical evidence on whether the benefits outweigh the costs,” he says.

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