Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle—and the fact that payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying affected individuals.
Faced with rising costs of higher education, many students are deciding not to purchase required course materials, therefore going through their semester without the tools they need to learn and succeed. Some 50 percent of students say avoiding or delaying these purchases negatively impacts their grades. As a result, more institutions are taking advantage of digital tools and platforms, which provide students and faculty with immersive, engaging content while providing required materials to all students on or before the first day of classes at a lower cost.
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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.
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.
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.
By the time they graduate, nearly 100 percent of students from The University of Toledo Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales have jobs. Ready to find out how?
One of the secrets is video.
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.
CIOs from five institutions speak candidly about managing campus technology, building a talented IT team, creating an ITIL environment and other common challenges. This informative session was broadcast live from the TeamDynamix Client Summit in Chicago.
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College and university leaders manage large datasets that are compiled across people, departments and systems. Producing quality performance reports, institutional effectiveness measures, and academic data can be a challenge in today’s environment. In addition to maintaining reliable and accurate data, higher ed leaders are continually asked to do more work, with more depth—but without additional resources.
The current generation of prospective business students expects more from potential institutions than students of the past did. Identifying the best-fit students, as well as engaging and recruiting them, is more challenging than ever before.
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The new generation of students and parents has a unique perspective on viewing and paying tuition bills, and a different set of expectations when it comes to the eCommerce options available at their college or university. Understanding and responding to these changing expectations is crucial, not only to remain competitive as an institution, but also to improve efficiency and reduce costs by taking advantage of current tools, technologies and strategies in billing and payments.
Attend this webcast to learn how an instructor and two students at East Stroudsburg University (Penn.) are using the Stratasys J750 3D Printer in their coursework. Projects include environmental designs, branding championship, medical problem-solving and more.
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Like many institutions, Yale University first adopted academic video at a departmental level. This proved the potential of video as a study aid, but also created a number of challenges, including requiring administrators to maintain a complex web of disconnected media storage solutions, and forcing students to learn multiple systems for accessing their recorded lessons.
Higher education institutions are constantly looking for ways to boost retention rates, especially for students struggling to meet increasing economic costs. Accepting payments from international students can also be challenging—from dealing with security issues associated with carrying cash to reconciling international wire transfers that may omit the recipient’s name.
Which major is best for me? How do I plan my courses? How do I succeed in my courses? What is my career strategy after college? These are all questions students tend to have throughout their educational journey.
In the race to attract, retain and prepare students, the institutions with the most relevant programs and most current technologies have an advantage. Hands-on learning through 3D printing at a college or university opens doors to entrepreneurship and industry collaborations that benefit budding scientists, engineers, artists and designers by preparing them for the requirements of the knowledge-based economy.
Often, student success efforts are focused primarily on retaining first year students, but fail to continue supporting students throughout their college careers. At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the institution’s leadership wanted to take a broader approach to student success by developing a predictive model that would include upperclassmen.
Students today don’t respond to the traditional methods of communication from their college or university like they once did. While websites and email are appropriate for housing and delivering certain types of information, institutions need to develop a campus-wide mobile presence in order to reach students effectively and in the format they prefer.
Many institutions struggle with the consequences of using multiple IT platforms for managing operations across departments, such as IT Support, Admissions, HR, Marketing, Residence Life or Facilities. The results—dissatisfied students and faculty, miscommunication, redundancy and poor resource allocation among them—can negatively impact the institution in a variety of ways.
At the University of Trinidad and Tobago, recording lectures was once a cumbersome technology dance. From loaner cameras and SD cards to burning and distributing DVDs, the process was disconnected from the teaching and learning objectives and produced no measurable results.
The university aligned its efforts by transitioning to an active flipped classroom.
Students today have varying needs and expectations when it comes to banking as well as receiving funds like financial aid disbursements. And with the evolving needs of millennials it’s difficult to ensure all your students’ needs are being met, especially those who may not be able to or wish not to bank with traditional financial institutions.
The Jeanne Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety, as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. Revised and amended several times since its inception, compliance with the Clery Act requires careful and deliberate coordination among various campus officials and entities.