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College students learning online, but stepping on campus

August, 2018
Many online students still have on-campus business, such as meeting with instructors and making payments, according to “Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” The Learning House Inc. (UBmag.me/demands).

Like their peers on campus, students enrolled in online programs benefit when they feel included in a community. Colleges cater to this population by offering in-person special events and extended office hours.

Colleges replace plastic straws with paper

July, 2018
SUSTAINABLE SWAG—A pair of University of Portland students show off two of the 400 stainless steel straws a campus ecology group gave out after the school eliminated the plastic versions.

The entire country of England, the city of Seattle and several U.S. campuses have targeted the simple drinking straw as a relatively easy way to operate more sustainably.

Partnerships to end college hunger

July, 2018
Patricia McGuire is president of Trinity Washington University. 

A recent report reveals that as many as 36 percent of students across socio-economic levels experience food insecurity at some point during their college days.

College groundbreakings: Two residence halls, academic buildings, fitness center

April, 2018
By 2019, students at Colgate University (New York) will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. Each 100-bed facility will also house seminar rooms, classrooms, offices and lounges. The project—with Robert A.M. Stern Architects as architect and The Hayner Hoyt Corporation as construction manager, both New York firms—will cost $47 million. 

By 2019, students will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. 

Colleges create mindful menus

April, 2018
SAFE GRAB-AND-GO—Nourish, an allergen-friendly kitchen, opened at Carnegie Mellon University this school year. Students with “top 8” allergies can safely enjoy a variety of items that are prepared and sealed in a dedicated kitchen by food service staff who have had special training on allergens and cross-contact prevention. Nourish grab-and-go items are available at five additional dining locations on campus as well.

Here are four strategies to successfully address and manage special dietary needs on campus.

Sponsored Content

10/11/2018

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From left to right: Patrick Brown, CIO, Illinois College; Marc Benner, Assistant CIO, Illinois College

A robust network might not be needed for your students to participate in basketball, baseball, or football. But what about esports? The leadership of Illinois College recently upgraded their network infrastructure to improve safety and security while also supporting the launch of the college’s highly successful esports program and Gaming Center.

From left to right: Christopher Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L; Michael Amick, VP of Distance Education, Pima Community College (Ariz.)

The evolution of technology and online learning is enabling institutions to expand access to education across a broader spectrum of learners, by providing learning opportunities outside the limits of time, place or distance. In this web seminar, presenters discussed how to use these tools to expand access to education for more learners at any institution.

Institutions looking to grow must actively empower staff to ensure that administrative services keep pace with the flood of new students. Implementing the Laserfiche content services platform significantly improved the way Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) does business, but the more important benefit has been for students, says Systems Administrator Lidija Bell.