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What college presidents must do before the axe falls

December, 2017
George Birnbaum is New York-based attorney specializing in the academic, finance and media sectors.

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

Internationals at the college campus career center (or not)

December, 2017
GLOBAL LINKS—Arizona State’s Career and Professional Development Services office organized a virtual career fair to connect students with international employers offering internships and career opportunities abroad.

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.

Provider perspective on overcoming challenges to sharing an LMS

December, 2017

In what ways could sharing an LMS benefit colleges, and what do you see as the biggest or most surprising challenge institutions would need to overcome to purchase the same LMS? 

“Sharing an LMS across institutions provides many benefits, including consolidation through one system, categorizing content and cross-collaboration. One of the challenges of sharing an LMS is agreeing on a design model that satisfies the lowest common denominator.

Take action: Selecting a vendor for a shared LMS initiative

December, 2017

Gather stakeholders—including faculty, students, IT leaders and others—for honest discussion. 

In California, it was crucial to include student representation in the statewide committee that examined various LMS candidates, says Jory Hadsell, executive director of California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative.

That positive approach allowed college constituency groups to focus on the end goal of student learning.  

Social media: Going beyond English

December, 2017

Reaching students and families with social media posts in their native language is one way higher ed institutions can build engagement and drive traffic to the website.

Here’s how two universities are getting social using WeChat. 

WeChat captures the biggest share of mobile apps usage in China, according to the 2017 Internet Trends report from Mary Meeker, a venture capitalist and former technology sector securities analyst.

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Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle—and the fact that payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying affected individuals.

At Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee, all 3,500 credential-seeking students must see an academic adviser before registering for classes each semester. Until this past summer, students used paper sign-in sheets at the Advising Center, then stayed nearby until their name was called. 

Just five years ago, the business office at James Madison University in Virginia was spending about $25 for every refund check it processed. Multiply that by the tens of thousands of students who received such checks each semester, including summers, and the cost quickly added up. 

Today, the school has all but eliminated paper checks in favor of BankMobile Refund Management, an electronic disbursement system that processes and disburses financial aid credit balances and other refunds. 

American College Health Association’s annual survey on student health shows that from 2010 to 2015 there was a rapid growth in illnesses that can lead to students completing a medical withdrawal. The decision to withdraw is not an easy one, as only a small fraction of schools provide 100 percent refunds for medical withdrawals.