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Colleges welcome Latino students

July, 2018
Source: “College Completion Through a Latino Lens”; Excelencia in Education, 2018

Latino students complete degrees at lower rates than other ethnic groups—and are more likely to still be enrolled after six years. Higher ed institutions are developing supports as a result.

College students off-campus, but still on the radar

June, 2018
Source: Alcohol and Other Drug Use at UMass Amherst Survey, 2012

Continued binge drinking and destructive student behavior have driven higher ed leaders to refine off-campus behavior policies.

College debt delaying Americans’ golden years

June, 2018
Taking on more loan debt with age.

Americans age 50 years and older saw their federal student loan debt grow by $18 billion between the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

Challenges in using data to evaluate faculty

June, 2018

Providers were asked: How well are colleges using data to measure faculty performance, and what related areas need the most improvements?

“Colleges will typically show the faculty how their scores compare to others at the school, usually those in the same department. But they rarely ask the instructors how they plan to improve any low scores they've earned or coach them how to do so. Closing this feedback loop will improve the students' experience.”

Secure surroundings on college campuses

June, 2018
BLUE LIGHT BEACON—Kansas State University Police monitor phone call boxes located throughout the campus.  Besides seeking help in an emergency or reporting other incidents, the community is also encouraged the use the boxes for wayfinding assistance. (Cindy Hollingsworth).

Mobile apps, text alerts, personal panic buttons and other new technologies give students more ways to communicate safety concerns.

Sponsored Content

6/28/2018

According to Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey, 59 percent of higher education CIOs believe that digital transformation will lead to significant business model change, yet many institutions face challenges when it comes to implementing digital strategies for growth. As student demographics and education delivery models change, institutions must actively pursue innovative ways to remain competitive.

6/27/2018

The demographics of today’s higher ed learners are shifting dramatically. Those once considered nontraditional learners—adults looking to change career paths, workers returning to school for certifications or students requiring flexible learning paths—have become the norm.

How must institutions respond to these changing demographics to meet the evolving demands of these “new traditional” students? How can institutions use technology and data to drive student success and support continuous improvement in this changing environment?

6/26/2018

Under pressure to contain costs and improve efficiency while maintaining a high level of services, many institutions are turning to cloud-based models for their ERP, HR, finance and other crucial systems. In addition to these advantages, cloud models create more collaborative, interactive environments where critical data is more accessible, making more resources available for institutions to better serve students.

6/21/2018

Next generation teaching and learning requires new tools and technologies to create more collaborative, interactive environments. Video, voice and content sharing tools are building the active classroom of today and tomorrow. To explore this topic, University Business recently conducted a survey of over 200 higher ed leaders about how their institutions are using some of these tools.

6/13/2018

Every institution has access to data that can help to drive more effective decision making. The challenge is that often this data resides in silos around campus. By democratizing data access across the institution and building a data-focused campus culture, staff are empowered to make more effective data-driven decisions.