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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.

Sponsored Content

10/11/2018

With the landscape of higher education rapidly changing, it is crucial that institutions are able to compete for top faculty, staff and leadership, who are not only talented people with the right skills, but are also passionate, engaged and mission-driven.  

10/9/2018

Many institutions ask their enrollment teams, advising offices, faculty and other departments to focus on student success, but these departments do not often know or understand all the unique factors that contribute to the success of their students. A more holistic view is crucial to helping students succeed.

More than half of the 40,000 students at California State University, Northridge, are first-generation. Three thousand are international. And every one of them belongs, says Paul Schantz, director of web and technology services in the Division of Student Affairs for CSUN. “We want students to feel like CSUN is their home,” Schantz says. “And if you’re going to have any kind of relationship with somebody, you should know their name, and you should get their name right. That’s the first step in establishing trust with somebody.”

From left to right: Patrick Brown, CIO, Illinois College; Marc Benner, Assistant CIO, Illinois College

A robust network might not be needed for your students to participate in basketball, baseball, or football. But what about esports? The leadership of Illinois College recently upgraded their network infrastructure to improve safety and security while also supporting the launch of the college’s highly successful esports program and Gaming Center.

From left to right: Christopher Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L; Michael Amick, VP of Distance Education, Pima Community College (Ariz.)

The evolution of technology and online learning is enabling institutions to expand access to education across a broader spectrum of learners, by providing learning opportunities outside the limits of time, place or distance. In this web seminar, presenters discussed how to use these tools to expand access to education for more learners at any institution.