Operational Efficiencies

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Trading Places

November, 2018

The 1983 comedy Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd tells the tale of a slick commodity broker and a homeless hustler whose lives cross when they are compelled to swap socioeconomic roles. In some ways, the story is based on a contemporary version of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper.

People movers go to college

September, 2018
Driverless shuttles and app-based ride services, once considered far out, are gaining ground. Source: gettyimages.com: jesussanz

As driverless shuttles and ride-sharing become more widespread, consider these five strategies for integrating them with other campus transportation options.

New Mexico State University splits top job, names Arvizu chancellor and Floros president

September, 2018
Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros began their new roles at New Mexico State University in August, a move that marks the creation of the two positions to replace one.

Due to declining public funding for university institutions and the changing student population, Dan Arvizu and John Floros take the place of Chancellor and President Garrey Carruthers.

Mastering mission creep in higher ed

September, 2018
Scott Cowen, former president of Tulane University in New Orleans, is the author of Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education, Scott Cowen shows how today’s university is evolving, and how to avoid losing sight of institutional strengths and values.

Libraries and the efficiency of collaboration

August, 2018

We hear it all the time—complaints about the inefficiency of public higher education in Massachusetts. These complaints are often based on the incorrect assumption that providing students with a choice—the choice of where, when, and what to study is necessarily inefficient. How do we provide choice in an efficient way? I’ll answer that from my corner of public higher education.  

Sponsored Content

11/1/2018

While higher education is undergoing seismic shifts, many institutions struggle with the limitations of legacy systems and outdated technologies. To explore some of these issues, University Business has conducted a subscriber survey about how colleges and universities are using core business systems including the ERP, SIS, Finance and HR, and the challenges that legacy systems can create.

Wake Forest University’s Information Systems Multimedia Technician Preston Neill understands the short life span of cables and adapters. With Ditto wireless presentation software installed throughout campus, those unreliable connectors are one step closer to extinction.

“Our goal is to ultimately stop supplying cables and adapters, because cables go missing and adapters break,” Neill says. “The cost to replace them, plus the manpower involved, is what we’re looking to avoid by having a wireless solution. We’re already getting fewer calls with Ditto.” 

10/25/2018

Technology has not only revolutionized teaching and learning in higher ed, but also how tuition payments are made and campus commerce is conducted. However, today’s payment technologies can also be a source of frustration for students and parents. Simplifying the campus commerce experience and improving payment communications are crucial for increasing student and parent satisfaction with the institution.

10/24/2018

“Nudge theory”—or using subtle reinforcements to positively influence behavior—is increasingly being used in higher education, having been proven to increase FAFSA completions, decrease summer melt and improve retention rates. Tiny nudges can result in big changes at any institution.

10/23/2018

Research shows that the use of academic video has the potential to dramatically improve teaching and learning. But too often, the use of video on campus is limited to traditional lecture capture, and driving adoption across the institution can be challenging.