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University Business, August 2017

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Cover Story

The “nontraditional” student represents perhaps the single biggest growth area for higher ed enrollment. But no single set of characteristics defines that student.

Feature

We created Models of Excellence in 2015, as the definition of student success took on new meaning.

Women are underrepresented in technology leadership across all industries, making up just 19 percent of CIOs, according to a 2016 analysis by management consulting firm Korn Ferry.

The “nontraditional” student represents perhaps the single biggest growth area for higher ed enrollment. But no single set of characteristics defines that student.

Focus

The University of Santa Monica has implemented an HR information system along with a new management platform called Employee Self-Onboarding by BambooHR.

In a 2017 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly 7 in 10 Americans reported using social media “to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves.”

Technology

The disconnect between students’ digital lives and their classroom experience is narrowing as professors are increasingly embedding video in their courses—for both in-person and online learning.

Campus Finance News

While the concept may seem unnecessary, a formal document—signed by each student—that states tuition payments are, in fact, expected is now required by a majority of colleges.

On Topic

In Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America (2017, Johns Hopkins University Press), Steven Diner shows how urban universities redefined education through a practical approach to instruction.

Behind the News

Steven Combs is taking on the role of chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus campus in Indiana.

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to formally prohibit all public higher ed institutions from asking applicants about their criminal history.

Hydration stations are popping up at several colleges and universities to promote environmental consciousness and healthfulness on campus.

The new Village Center at CU Boulder offers those students multiple dining options, study and collaboration spaces, conference amenities, and a health clinic.

With the specter of a federal crackdown on illegal immigration looming, higher ed institutions are finding ways to better serve undocumented students, and also protect their identities.

Bills that could impact how students exercise free speech at public higher ed institutions—and that could also dictate how administrators discipline “disruptive” behavior—are winning various levels of support in statehouses across the country.

Freshman enrollment at the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri has fallen by more than 35 percent since the institution’s well-publicized and racially driven student protests in November 2015, according to a July New York Times article.

Professional Opinion

At University of Dayton, an artistic arrangement of three aligned chairs, a pulpit, an inscribed wall, a bench and the walkway that passes through it all express a shared commitment to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to work for justice. 

Like most universities—particularly in rural areas—western Maryland’s Frostburg State University has learned to do more with less.

Faculty and administrators may assume that student veterans already have the funds they need to pay for school, that they are plugged into healthcare through the Veterans Administration, and are well on their way to a degree or career. This is not the case.