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Institutions bring retirement living to campus

October, 2018
BACK TO SCHOOL—Being on the campus of Lasell College provides residents of Lasell Village with easy access to learning opportunities and an active lifestyle.

Multigenerational campuses are growing. How Lasell College in Massachusetts and Purchase College in New York are opening up retirement communities to lure lifelong learners and provide fixed revenue streams.

Retirement community revenue for Purchase College

October, 2018
Retirement community revenue for Purchase College

Broadview Senior Living at Purchase College is expected to open in 2021. For the first four years, retirement community revenue will be $2 million annually through a ground lease agreement with the state of New York. Every five years thereafter, rent is to increase by 10 percent.

Challenges in using data to evaluate faculty

June, 2018

Providers were asked: How well are colleges using data to measure faculty performance, and what related areas need the most improvements?

“Colleges will typically show the faculty how their scores compare to others at the school, usually those in the same department. But they rarely ask the instructors how they plan to improve any low scores they've earned or coach them how to do so. Closing this feedback loop will improve the students' experience.”

Colleges develop faculty evaluation equations

June, 2018
ALT EVALS—UC Merced faculty consists of mainly untenured assistant professors, such as Gregory Write who teaches microeconomics. Officials realize that standard criteria measuring faculty effectiveness may not apply. (Photo credit: Veronica Adrover at UC Merced).

Measuring faculty effectiveness has never been a perfect science—and it has always held potential for contention among instructors and administrators.

Let privates talk to each other about college tuition

May, 2018
Wendy B. Libby is president of Stetson University.

College tuition has been growing at roughly double the rate of inflation for decades. At last, the trend of annual tuition hikes appears to be cresting.

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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higher education is undergoing seismic shifts, many institutions struggle with the limitations of legacy systems and outdated technologies.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.