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For higher ed, investing in OER pays eventual dividends

December, 2018
Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative increased the number of students enrolling in open education resources-based courses.

Study finds that open education resources provide significant cost savings to low-income students and strengthen instruction and learning.

Student lactation stations on campus

December, 2018
LACTATION POLICIES FOR STUDENTS—Campus administrators (about 60% from facilities, about 25% from administration and finance, and about 11% from human resources) were asked if they have a student policy.
CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE—Lactation rooms at the University of Pennsylvania include a hospital-grade pump and colorful walls.

While most higher ed institutions are in compliance with the 2010 update of the Fair Labor Act and provide staff with a designated area to express milk, there is a large variation in these accommodations for students.

Elite learning, anywhere

December, 2018

UPenn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies now offers an online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. While many Ivies have digital advanced learning programs, this is the first online option for undergrads.

Will midterm elections lead to higher ed reform?

December, 2018

While House Democrats push affordability agenda, divided control of Congress could cause gridlock.

UB Survey Results: College and University Branding

December, 2018

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.

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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.

Colorado Mesa University’s new campus ID platform tracks the most popular items in the dining hall, but more importantly, it tracks when students aren’t making it to the dining hall in the first place.

What is the state of unstructured data on college campuses today?

There is a huge proliferation of information produced, from emails to applications for financial aid and dorm rooms. Gartner estimates that upward of 80 percent of enterprise data today is unstructured. But the business strategy to capture this content and organize it for efficiency and compliance purposes is lacking.

A Kentucky university saw Cohort Default Rates plummet and financial literacy improve almost immediately after implementing two programs that take different, but related, approaches to student success.

At the end of 2013, the three colleges that now make up Sullivan University in Louisville had Cohort Default Rates of about 25 percent each. At the end of the 2018 school year—five years after partnering with Student Connections to implement Borrower Connect—these same schools had default rates from 13.5 percent to 15.4 percent.

Ten years ago, Auburn University began using E&I Cooperative Services for purchasing, a move that dovetailed perfectly with the school’s shift to a strategic sourcing model of procurement.

As a result, Alabama’s second-largest university now has the time and money to build strong relationships among employees and further increase efficiencies, says Missty Kennedy, director of procurement and business services.