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Confronting the challenges of digitizing documents

July, 2017
DIGITIZE THIS—Students scan Civil War documents at Bowdoin College.

The mass digitization of literature is complex. The preservation of books, letters and other historical materials calls for advanced technology and a good deal of manpower. Universities are developing better practices around this process, as well as creating software and databases to make this content accessible and search-friendly.

Shared services: Consolidate or close?

July, 2017
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system President Mark Ojakian's strategy of consolidation and shared services, called Students First, should save at least $41 million annually.

Faced once again with state and federal funding cuts, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system President Mark Ojakian has had to make some tough decisions to keep the 17-school system functioning.

Badge breakthroughs

July, 2017
SCHOLARLY PURSUITS— SUNY Oneonta awards badges to participants in its annual Research and Creativity Day. Each April, students present projects—from research papers to video documentaries—they’ve completed independently and with faculty mentors.

Diplomas—those venerable printed documents that lack hotlinks and interactivity features—have lost some of their luster.

A badge will give a faculty member a boost

July, 2017

Badges have not just motivated students to take a deeper look at the skills they’ve earned. Several institutions also issue badges for professional development. 

Undergraduate research drives science forward

June, 2017
David Rovnyak is professor of chemistry at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. George Shields is provost and professor of chemistry at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

The discussion of research at primarily undergraduate institutions often begins and ends with a discussion of the benefits for students.

Sponsored Content

7/13/2017

The leadership of Dickinson College understands the importance of predictive analytics to help shape their class. But they also know that models can get stale, and will only improve when they are transparent and institutional departments collaborate during the model building and enrollment process.

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enise Swett has seen the same approach from several different companies when it comes to offering academic-planning solutions: Plenty of promises that do not fit the needs students at Foothill College, a community college in Northern California.

“Everyone says they’re going to solve our retention problems or graduation problems,” says Swett, who has a doctorate in education and is vice president of student services at Foothill.

Donna Salak knew the financial aid office at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, was not using its Banner student information system to full capacity.

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7/1/2017
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Learn how to make your students actually pay attention in their online STEM courses

In 2006, Troy University, a four-year public institution in Alabama, was writing thousands of refund checks and financial aid disbursements every semester across multiple campuses in Montgomery, Dothan, Phenix City and online, servicing more than 17,000 students.