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Solar on college campuses: Here comes the sun

May, 2017
SOLAR WHEELS: In 2016, Princeton purchased two GEM e4 low-speed vehicles for university art museum staff to drive between their higher ed offices, the museum and other campus locations. The vehicles run on solar panels (not gas or electricity) that were mounted on the roofs of the vehicles as part of an upgrade package offered by the manufacturer. The panels, which look like space-age luggage racks, are lightweight and hail-and impact-resistant. The odometers track mileage and the battery charge.

Sometimes it becomes clear very early on that a facilities project—especially a solar initiative—will be complicated.

Political winds could shift view of college athletes as employees

May, 2017
J. Nelson Wilkinson is a labor and education law attorney with Williams Mullen who represents small, medium and large businesses and higher ed academic institutions.

A January memorandum issued by Richard Griffin, the current general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has further stoked long-running debate over whether university students should be deemed “employees” who can assert collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

New coalition to advocate for adult college students

May, 2017
Adults need more flexible higher ed programs that allow them to do college coursework remotely and at their own pace and at any time. (GettyImages.com: Kali9)

A newly formed advocacy organization hopes to smooth the process for busy adults looking to attend college.

San Francisco, San Jose launch free college tuition initiatives

April, 2017

Community colleges in two of California’s biggest cities have announced plans to substantially expand access to public education by offering residents
the chance to earn an associate degree for free.

University to open two-year college

March, 2017
SERVING THE UNDERSERVED—Terrence Murphy Hall (back right) on the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas will house the two-year Dougherty Family College beginning this fall.

Dougherty Family College, a two-year school, will open on the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas this fall, thanks to $18 million in private donations.

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5/30/2017

Attend this web seminar to learn how the The Duck Store at the University of Oregon has transformed the shopping experience. By implementing a unified commerce platform—complete with in-store and ecommerce functionality on the front end and real-time inventory visibility, order management, CRM, business intelligence, warehouse management, marketing and financials to support it—The Duck Store now has the tools in place to efficiently manage the complexities of their multiple retail locations.

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5/25/2017

Many higher education institutions still rely on inefficient, disparate systems for tracking employee time and attendance. And with workers on campus in a wide variety of jobs, it can be challenging to manage professional, union, auxiliary and student workforces, all at the same time.

Some institutions are turning to automated time and attendance solutions to address these issues, but are unsure of how this change might affect their people, processes, and organization.

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5/24/2017

Nowadays it seems as though we are being asked to do more and more with less and less. That might make sense from a business standpoint as it makes you more profitable, but you run the risk of burning out and stressing out your employees.

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5/23/2017

In recent years, the requirements of public higher education institutions have changed drastically, increasing the pressure to modernize their IT systems.  To meet those challenges, many universities are looking at available options, including the cloud.

Pittsburg State University was faced with disparate, aging tools, requiring it to rely on manual processes that made it difficult to view data across all of its systems.  This, combined with new available technologies and the necessary change to the IT culture on campus made their change journey an adventurous one.

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5/16/2017

Colleges and universities face an increasingly competitive environment for attracting and retaining students.  These challenges are further complicated with tighter funding constraints and the need to keep up with the latest technological advancements to remain competitive. Student ID card systems are not immune to these pressures; outdated ID technology can result in increased costs, long wait times for students, as well as privacy and security issues.

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