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STAFFING SHIFTS—Study shows changes in higher ed hiring from 2016 to 2017 and teaching trends at two- and four-year schools.

Community colleges have seen a drop in faculty employment applications, according to a recent PowerSchool survey. They are are now leveraging new software to fine-tune the hiring process, among other efforts.

Brian Klass is senior technology officer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Educators seek ways to streamline presentations—which include storytelling as well as clear, authentic messages—in this age of short attention spans and new tech capabilities. 

This summer, when the University of California, Santa Cruz had a few hundred students on a housing waitlist and the coastal community faced housing pressures reducing vacancies and pushing up costs, administrators asked faculty and staff to consider renting rooms to students. 

To free up bandwidth for academic platforms, Purdue University has suspended access to five major streaming services in its four largest lecture halls.

The goal of the pilot project, which is suspending access to Netflix, Hulu, Apple updates, iTunes and Steam, is to ensure students have unimpeded access to the academic resources they need.

Jeff D. Borden is an adjunct faculty member and a system architect for special projects at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Jeff D. Borden from Saint Leo University in Florida discusses teamwork. He believes strongly in teaching college students how to work in teams, thereby empowering tomorrow’s employees and managers today.

Mark Lombardi is president of Maryville University in St. Louis.

Higher ed must invite industry into the classroom to design innovative career programs.

Administrators manage academic program eliminations (and additions) by following a structured process, avoiding a top-down approach, extending input beyond faculty, gathering and sharing data, and exhibiting transparency. 

Institutions looking to grow must actively empower staff to ensure that administrative services keep pace with the flood of new students. Implementing the Laserfiche content services platform significantly improved the way Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) does business, but the more important benefit has been for students, says Systems Administrator Lidija Bell.

RÉSUMÉ BUILDER—University of Cincinnati student Devon Hensler helped design toys at Fisher-Price. She got hands-on experience with the company as part of a program that prepares fine arts majors for careers.

Co-op programs at higher ed institutions are providing work experience and network-building opportunities to help arts students map out career paths. They’re boosting enrollment, too.

Sean Brown, with years of experience in academic video production, is a consultant with Minneapolis-based Contegy Digital.

Classroom video continues a ‘conversation’ that began decades ago—collecting individual videos from instructors and students and integrating them with existing identity management, learning management and assessment systems.

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