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Bill Cooper didn't mince words when Stanford University officials contacted him about coming on board as their director of purchasing. "I said, 'No, I'm not interested in a fragmented function and I'm not interested in an institution that has just a director of purchasing,'" recalls Cooper, who now has an office at ... Stanford.

American colleges and universities are breeding grounds for innovative ideas and open information sharing. Pair that with a large number of systems on a given network and a vulnerable student population with fresh credit and you've got an appealing target for identity thieves.

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.

Document management through Enterprise Content Management (ECM) holds tremendous potential for improving business operations—as well as information security and recordkeeping compliance—by streamlining processes and enabling colleges and universities to do more with less. Meanwhile, paper-heavy environments can lead to wasted time, reduced productivity, risk of data loss or theft and employee frustration.

For institutions looking to grow and expand their student population, a primary challenge is ensuring that administrative services keep pace with the flood of new students. When the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Engineering committed to doubling enrollment to 25,000 students by the year 2025, they also committed a concentrated effort to reengineer key business processes for operational efficiency, and to provide the highest quality of services to students.

When it comes to industry disruption, traditional healthcare organizations have many battle scars. Visits to the hospital emergency room are being replaced by visits to an urgent care center at the local strip mall. Traditional doctor referrals are being replaced by smartphone apps that direct consumers to low-cost, highly rated doctors. And traditional doctor visits are being replaced by visits to clinics at the local pharmacy or video chats on a kiosk in a shopping center.

Dealing with covering financial shortfalls in student packages, managing tuition refunds and providing excellent customer support with small staffs are common problems business offices face. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 8, 2014, featured a financial leader who explained how her institution adapted department policies as enrollment continued to rise. She also discussed the positive impact that providing payment plan options to students and pending aid tracking had on her institution.

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This comprehensive white paper outlines the benefits associated with implementing enterprise content management (ECM) systems for individual departments, the IT department and the higher education institution as a whole.

When the academic services office at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts & Science first deployed Laserfiche’s ECM technology, it had two initial business objectives for moving to a digital format: to protect student records against a natural disaster, and to serve its students in the most efficiently possible way.

The business value of any college or university lies in how effectively it serves its students through its ability to provide them with the support and resources needed to achieve their educational goals.