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A different kind of consortium

April, 2018

While many regional consortia use the collective power of members to negotiate purchasing contracts with volume discounts, it can pay to think beyond neighboring colleges when looking at this cost-saving solution.

That’s what the 19 members of the LAMP Consortium did when they joined colleges from around the country to get affordable access to Sakai, a popular open-source learning management system.

Managing rogue spending at a small institution

April, 2018

Rogue spending—buying outside a purchasing contract—can be an issue at colleges large and small. Here’s how the small college pros rein it in.

Help spenders put a face to your name. This is easier at smaller colleges, says Karen Khattari, director of general services and procurement at Cedar Crest College. “Everybody knows me, and I know them.” That leads to more control and better accountability.

Buying strong at small colleges

April, 2018
REMOTE BUYS—Rural institutions such as Colgate University may have added purchasing woes because of supplier delivery challenges.

These purchasing managers work to save their institutions time and money through a range of strategies that result in purchasing power and wisdom from higher ed peers. Here’s how to do the same.

Colleges use event management systems for any event

November, 2017
IT TAKES A CAMPUS—Planning Vanderbilt University’s annual Founder’s Walk—where incoming students are welcomed by fellow students, faculty and staff—requires the coordination of multiple campus departments, including admissions and the registrar.

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

Colleges tackle budget pruning

November, 2017
Lawrence University in Wisconsin cut costs by switching from a subscription to a pay-per-article model on some scientific journals in the library.

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.

Sponsored Content

12/13/2018

Students expect their higher education experience to be modern and digital, but for many institutions, core systems across campus still rely on paper-based, manual and siloed processes. By automating processes and modernizing workflows, institutions can improve the user experience while reducing costs and workload and improving efficiency.

Top row, left to right: Tom Gavin Sr., New Business Development, ACI Worldwide; Sandra Jackson, Business Office Manager, Roanoke College (Va.). Bottom row, left to right: Mitzi Steele, Database Director, Roanoke College (Va.); Marc Sczesnak, Director of Product Management, ACI Worldwide.

Technology has not only revolutionized teaching and learning in higher ed, but also how tuition payments are made and campus commerce is conducted. However, today’s payment technologies can be a source of frustration for students and parents. Simplifying the campus commerce experience and improving payment communications are crucial for increasing student and parent satisfaction.

University Business partnered with FedEx Office to develop and deploy this survey of higher education leaders, exploring the issues and challenges related to the branding or public image of their institutions. Deployed in October 2018, some 300 college and university leaders from a variety of institution types and sizes responded.

From left to right: Ashok Sankar, Director of Solutions Strategy, Splunk; Kara Gillis, Director of Product Marketing, Splunk.

Higher education institutions are challenged with managing their IT systems as they digitally transform their environments. With new technology trends bucking traditional approaches, research shows a general lack of confidence among IT staff and decision-makers. As budgets tighten and IT is increasingly called upon to modernize institutions, IT practitioners need to look at data-driven decision-making strategies.

Nudge theory—using subtle reinforcements to positively influence behavior—is increasingly being implemented in higher education, having been proven to increase FAFSA completions, decrease summer melt and improve retention rates. Tiny “nudges” can result in big changes at any institution.