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University Business, November 2017

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Cover Story

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

Feature

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

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

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.

Focus

The investigations into election interference by Russian interests using Facebook and Twitter ads underscores the influence that digital advertising can have on opinions and behaviors.

Those of us in higher education and in the nonprofit sector know the importance of effective storytelling, yet we often fall prey to telling stories that we want to tell instead of what our audiences desire to read or hear.

Technology

Developing a successful model for creating an e-textbook program is key to taking digital course materials to the next step of widespread use. Here are three ways to design an e-textbook initiative.

Campus Finance News

Thinking beyond painfully slashing big line items, higher ed leaders can realize significant savings in finding smaller cuts that, all together, add up to make a huge impact.

On Topic

Derrick R. Brooms’ book, Being Black, Being Male on Campus, focuses on 40 young black men who relate their experiences getting into college and trying to thrive when they get there.

Behind the News

Attention to underserved students may be well spent on single mothers, a growing demographic on campus.

Montclair State partnered with the Sony Corporation to create what the New Jersey-based institution touts as the most technologically advanced broadcast and media production facility at a university.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions this summer revived the surplus 1033 program, which the Obama Administration had restricted over public concerns about the militarization of police.

Colleges are now free to abandon Obama-era guidelines requiring them to use the lowest standard of proof in deciding whether students are responsible for sexual assault.

Arizona State has partnered with Amazon to offer free Echo Dot smart speakers to about 1,600 students, most of whom live in the new Tooker House residential hall.

David Munson is the new president of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

The Trump administration’s plan to phase out DACA by not accepting new applicants is another shift in immigration laws that leaves many students unsure of their status on and off campus.

Professional Opinion

Increasingly, higher education is taking a larger role in providing opportunities for our veterans.

The high cost of legal education drives up the cost of legal services, and both law schools and law firms are typically concentrated in pricier metropolitan areas. Fortunately, readily available technology can address both problems.

Storms like Sandy—and more recently Harvey, Irma and Maria—make us think about our responsibility as the people in charge of the facilities that so many live, work and learn in every day.

Instead of hoping that mentorship happens, we have to help both students and our colleagues understand the fundamentals of making these connections.