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University Business, November 2018

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Feature

In UB’s latest edition of Inside Look, find out how architects maintain the historical integrity of structures when repurposing buildings for higher ed use—while ensuring they provide comfort and the modern conveniences students need.

Blockchain can help institutions provide academic credentials more quickly and securely. Steps to adoption involve understanding how to make the switch, how the technology will improve service, and how it could disrupt the register’s office status quo.

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. 

Focus

Creativity drives the popular social media tool that personalizes content for specific users.

For donors to higher ed institutions, events can stir passion, belief and confirmation in the cause for which they invest time, creativity, advocacy and personal resources. Here is how to maximize the relational and marketing benefits of alumni and philanthropic events.

Technology

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Campus Finance News

Many institutional real estate directors turn to spreadsheets, government databases, and asset management or space management modules within an ERP or building management system to bring real estate strategy to the next level.

On Topic

Katie Broton, a doctoral candidate and a member of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how some students are making difficult trade-offs between paying for college or meeting their basic needs.

Behind the News

In the face of security audits and digital vulnerabilities, today’s policies must include language to protect users while remaining flexible.

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.

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. 

The first annual “Student Voice Index” report by the National Campus Leadership Council outlines the conditions that must exist to give student leaders the ability to represent their classmates’ needs effectively.

Higher ed institutions commonly work with students and staff on giving-related programs, and some are now opening offices for student philanthropy.

A research project into how student athletes recover from concussions has turned into a strategic tool to help students as they transition to college life.

Following a career in K12 education leading academic growth and spearheading construction of a new high school, Darrin Hartness will take over as the fourth president of North Carolina’s Davidson County Community College in January 2019.

Tulane’s project team constructed a “wave glass” siding of classrooms and offices that winds around century-old oak trees and connects two renovated 46,000-square-foot facilities to put the institution’s business programs under one roof.

Professional Opinion

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.

The Army has wisely used its Peacekeeping Institute to train personnel from an extensive practical knowledge base of best practices, and has saved lives and treasure in the process. It is not the time to shut it down.

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