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Higher ed sees a rise in specialized MBA activity

March, 2018
DOWN TO BUSINESS—Dean Idie Kesner (left) congratulates MBA for Educators graduate Casey Stansifer, a school district curriculum coordinator.

Applications to full-time, two-year MBA programs in the U.S. have been down since 2014, and this past fall, 64 percent of programs reported declines, says a survey report. 

Higher ed responds to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

March, 2018

The finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed into law poses less of a perceived threat to higher ed than the bill that passed the House.

Proponents say that people who use education-savings accounts will benefit from deductions in student loan interest.

Critics, however, predict that the doubling of the standard deduction will result in fewer philanthropic contributions to colleges and universities. —Steven Wyman-Blackburn

The power of an integrated business and liberal arts curriculum in higher ed

February, 2018
Ronald K. Machtley is president of Bryant University in Rhode Island.

What’s more important in higher education: preparing for a profession or attaining a well-rounded liberal arts education? The answer is that in today’s world both are critical.

Slideshow of wall of recognition displays

January, 2018
The Alumni Spotlight wall at Thomas College in Maine features alumni who have achieved personal and professional success and who have led and served their communities. A rotating display created in 2016, it hangs in the main building across from the Professional and Career Development Office.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data.

Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing

January, 2018

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

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Thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni visit the Student Union at Oklahoma State University each day and take advantage of a large number of available retail services. For Mitch Kilcrease, who is assistant vice president and director of the Student Union, something was missing: a printing and parcel shop.

“I felt there was potential on campus to grow a print-service model from a retail base,” Kilcrease says. “A lot of people were already going off-campus to FedEx Office and using its services.”

When Texas Tech University needed to replace the energy-inefficient windows of its multistory Weymouth Hall student residence last summer, time was indeed of the essence.

Needing to ensure the building’s vacancy during the demolition and installation process, you could say the university had a narrow window of opportunity.

But thanks to the ezIQC® construction procurement method through Gordian and National Joint Powers Alliance®, the $1.7 million project was completed on schedule with top-quality products and services.

Describe how higher education HR is run today and how it should be run in the future.

Brad Saffer: It is very fragmented. There is a unique range of employees in higher education. Within some of these groups—tenured faculty, adjunct staff, administrators and office staff—are both union and nonunion employees. The hiring and onboarding processes are built and run by individual departments. It has created a whole set of inefficiencies.