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Colleges experiment with engaging alumni of online programs

September, 2016
Roxanne Shiels is alumni strategist for Penn State Outreach and Online Education. She can be reached at rch104@psu.edu.

As growing numbers of students pursue degrees online, a new constituency in higher education is being created: alumni who have completed their studies without setting foot on campus. That presents a challenge for those of us in alumni relations.

Campus Groundbreakings: Wine, convocations and learning gardens

September, 2016
Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University

Wine Spectator Learning Center

Sonoma State University (Calif.)

The $9.2 million Wine Spectator Learning Center will be a 14,500-square-foot centerpiece of Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, the only school in the U.S. that offers a wine industry MBA.

Family Nights at Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus: At a glance

September, 2016
Asian and Pacific Islander Family Night at Des Moines Area Community College.

Des Moines is becoming more diverse, with a growing population of Latinos, Asians and Africans. The events are aimed at creating a college-going culture in local communities, and give families direction on career choice, applying to college, and paying for college.

Meeting new college students’ digital expectations

September, 2016

The College-Bound Student E-Expectations Survey asked 3,000 college-bound high school seniors and juniors about their digital habits and expectations—from the start of the recruiting cycle. Here’s a selection of the top insights from the study.

Bringing male students back to college

September, 2016
Aaron Mahl is a vice president and consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

Large public universities and smaller liberal arts colleges, on the other hand, are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their male enrollments. The National Center for Education Statistics projects that, by 2020, men will represent only 41 percent of college enrollees.

Sponsored Content

10/5/2016

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9/29/2016

Imagine using academic video to strengthen prerequisite skills, enhance curriculum content, ease anticipated student struggles, and push students further in their knowledge of course material.

Brooke McCurdy has been teaching math for more than 14 years. When her classes morphed from a traditional in-person method to a flipped-classroom environment, she saw the success of her students soar as they became more engaged.

Watch this recently recorded web seminar to learn some of the best practices for using video to teach math to grades 9-20, including:

California institution system partners with  AT&T for large-scale network management

Over 16 years ago, the California State University system’s 23 campuses had independently managed networks. Each had autonomy over standards and used a hodgepodge of products.

Research has shown that active learning—asking students to engage in class with each other and their instructor—is more effective than traditional lecturing.

8/25/2016

Keeping employees engaged while minimizing turnover is a crucial component of institutional success, but unfortunately, many colleges and universities are hampered by a culture of disengagement. One recent study found that 52 percent of faculty members said they were not engaged in their work, a further 14 percent were actively disengaged, and only 34 percent reported feeling engaged with their jobs.*