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Impact of STEM at The University of Arizona

August, 2018

Impact of STEM at The University of Arizona Involvement in the Association of American Universities Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative grew into the UA Learning Initiative.

The initiative includes:


Link to main story: STEM shifts in higher ed

13 key financial questions to answer for trustees

August, 2018

In its report “Navigating The New Normal: Financial Imperatives For MSI Effectiveness and Avoiding Financial Exigency,” the Southern Education Foundation suggests that trustees could better understand their institutions’ financial health with answers to these questions.

1. What is the discount rate for entering freshmen versus for continuing students?

2. What is the blended discount rate?

STEM shifts in higher ed

August, 2018
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT—The rise of STEM has encouraged learning through group exercises, such as how students in this University of Arizona course on structural geology examined a geological cross section from South Dakota to Eastern Idaho to determine the impact of plate tectonic interactions.

What began as a push to increase the number and diversity of students studying STEM has evolved into a full-scale effort to improve teaching and learning.

How colleges can provide finance training to trustees

August, 2018
LIFELONG LEARNING—Colgate Hall at Colby-Sawyer College is one place on campus where trustees congregate. At least one hour of each meeting involves learning more about finance topics such as cash flow and budgeting.

Following are three key questions campus leaders must consider when offering financial training to the board of trustees.

Sponsored Content

10/11/2018

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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.