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University president has faith in the future

October, 2017
STUDENT-CENTERED—Jairy Hunter, now in his final year as president of Charleston Southern University, says small religious institutions still have a vital role to play for students seeking to pursue their studies on a close-knit, mission-driven campus.

Under Jairy Hunter’s leadership, Charleston Southern changed its name when it achieved university status, dropping the word “Baptist” in 1990.

A nonprofit acquires a for-profit

June, 2017
PURCHASE PURSUIT—Purdue President Mitch Daniels is framing the Kaplan acquisition as a way for the university to become a digital player in the evolving postsecondary education space.

Purdue University surprised its faculty and the general higher ed sector this spring with its plans to acquire Kaplan University for a symbolic $1 (with a revenue-share plan spanning 30 years).

Young college alumni: From engagement to giving

February, 2017
IMPACT IN AN INSTANT—During Alumni Weekend in September 2016, Boston University alums were encouraged to engage others virtually via a selfie at the college cafe and headquarters tent.

To keep Stanford front and center in the minds and hearts of its graduates, the university’s alumni association—like other institutions—is investing time on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Revamped and successful: The fundraiser interview process at Northern Arizona University

November, 2016

Betsy Mennell, Northern Arizona University’s development vice president, learned the hard way that “in fundraising, if you speak the language you can talk the talk, but you may not be able to walk the walk.”

After being burned a few times hiring the wrong people—“disorganized, not self-disciplined, afraid to ask for money”—she now requires candidates to tackle four tasks that every MGO must handle.

Good as gold: Higher ed fosters fundraising all-stars

November, 2016
GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Kim Winger, a major gift officer at Colorado State, attends many meetings and events to stay up-to-date on university happenings so she can share efforts with potential donors. While taking a moment to greet mascot Cam the Ram won’t result in an institutional gift, it does make for a fun photo opp.

When Teri McIntyre was a University of Wisconsin undergrad in the early ‘90s, she volunteered to call alumni to ask for college fund donations and—believe it or not—she liked making those calls. A university development officer noticed and offered McIntyre a job after graduation.

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Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle. This is because payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying impacted individuals.

How can institutions embrace transparency and flexibility around changing models of revenue and cost mix, student success and graduation rates?  This web seminar outlined some insights into how to meet student, institutional, system and/or political goals in the changing world of higher education. Whether your challenges are within a single institution or across a statewide system, there are a variety of ways in which modern technology can support your journey for future success.

SPEAKER

Sherry Amos

Faced with rising costs of higher education, many students are deciding not to purchase required course materials, therefore going through their semester without the tools they need to learn and succeed. Fifty percent of students say avoiding or delaying these purchases negatively impacts their grades. As a result, more institutions are taking advantage of digital tools and platforms, which provide students and faculty with immersive, engaging content while providing required materials to all students on or before the first day of classes at a lower cost. 

An increasing number of institutions are taking advantage of mobile technology to help recruit, engage and enroll prospective and admitted students. Mobile apps are being used for self-guided campus tours, open houses, recruitment events, college nights and more, providing a highly effective way for admissions and enrollment departments to meet the needs of these students.