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University Business, December 2017

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Feature

As colleges and universities find new ways to partner with each other to improve services and reduce costs, the idea of sharing an LMS is starting to gain traction.

Colleges and universities face growing pressure to offer students single rooms.

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.

Focus

By aligning goals, HR helps employees see the big picture, proves its value as a business partner, and retains the talent needed for the institution to move forward and accomplish its mission.

There are efforts underway to position colleges and universities to recognize “prior learning” in ways that go beyond today’s standard approaches.

Technology

As competition for international students intensifies and more first-generation students enroll, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for reaching families in their native languages.

Campus Finance News

Some higher ed institutions are giving new technologies the ol’ college try in preparation for future financial challenges. Here’s a closer look at five compelling reasons to move beyond spreadsheets.

What do you see as the biggest roadblock for finance offices at colleges in moving away from spreadsheet-based budgeting and financial planning?

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On Topic

If there’s one thing clear from Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, it is that what you think you know about sex on campus is probably wrong.

Behind the News

Seth Bodnar, 38, left General Electric Transportation to become the 18th president of the University of Montana.

The new “marijuana major” at Northern Michigan University, the Medicinal Plant Chemistry program, is the first U.S. undergraduate major in the study of cannabinoids.

A recent survey by World Education Services (WES) found that more than 40 percent of current international students had not yet used campus career services.

The University of Wyoming now uses an augmented reality platform with a simulated class as part of its teacher education program.

Under a new proposal by President Ray Cross, the University of Wisconsin would merge the state’s 13 two-year colleges into its system.

California State University's Dominguez Hills campus is set to complete a three-story, 91,000-square-foot building for early 2020.

In many cases, institutions are not creating a more inclusive atmosphere for top female and minority administrators by paying them as much as their white, male peers.

The closure of Amazon’s virtual bookseller at UMass Amherst underscores once again the need for campus stores to diversify services.

Professional Opinion

Alumni participation is falling at a precipitous rate, the number of mid-level major gifts are flat, and annual fund support has struggled to keep pace with inflation.

What can senior academic executives do to protect themselves in an axe-happy environment? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

The traditional university model of an in-house administrative investigation run by some combination of university administrators and professors is a disservice to both the accused and the university. It is arcane and inefficient.

What do successful models of career services look like? Here’s what I’ve learned at The University of Arizona.

More colleges are turning toward a public-private partnership (P3) model—a practice common in Europe and Australia—to fund new infrastructure or upgrade existing buildings.