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Higher education researchers discover a better way to project finances

Custom-developed program using SAP software helps university manage post-award grants and projects

At one respected university located in the Northeast, becoming one of the leading recipients of federal research and development funds had profoundly benefited the institution. But, managing post-award research projects and grants—particularly the financial end—had become a labor-intensive, time-consuming process that kept researchers from, well, research.

Three Trends Shaking Up Admissions

Admissions departments must adapt to meet the changing needs and expectations of students

Non-traditional learners, the move away from education based on ‘seat time’ and the increase of students who expect options from their institution are all shaping the way admissions offices find and recruit students. This web seminar, originally broadcast on June 25, 2013, featured experts from Blackboard Education Services, who discussed these trends, as well as best practices and strategies admissions staff can employ to meet the challenges of this new era.

Meeting the Financial Literacy Imperative

Helping students understand their debt and teaching money management skills should be a priority for higher ed institutions

As the average student loan debt rises, financial literacy is essential for graduates to successfully manage their post-college lives. Some institutions are going beyond just educating students about tuition payment plans and federal financial aid options. Others, like Creighton University (Neb.) are offering full financial literacy programs to educate students on money management during the college years, and more importantly, beyond.

Creating an Effective Mobile App for Higher Ed

A well-designed, content-driven app is key for universities to share information and engage with students and alumni

Mobile applications are on the rise as the method for communicating with a university’s expansive audience. Though apps have the potential to deliver content in a new, dynamic way, many higher ed leaders are unsure how to best deploy an effective mobile app strategy. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 7, 2013, addressed how the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was able to successfully release an effective app for its campus community.

Greening College Game Days

Sustainability is a key factor in helping your university remain competitive

Game days at university campuses tend to generate a large amount of waste, which is costly to the environment and the institution. To demonstrate its devotion to sustainability, the University of Arizona partnered with Waste Management to implement an extensive recycling program at its football stadium during the 2012 season, successfully diverting over 25 tons of trash from the landfill.

Automate Innovation Series: Automate Efficiency

Technical services can better serve their universities when efficiency is automated

Employing resource management software (RMS) can help higher education institutions maximize A/V, financial, and personnel resources. Additionally, the automation provided by RMS can increase A/V equipment efficiency. This web seminar, originally broadcast on April 9, 2013, was the final in the three-part “Automate Innovation” series and focused on how the University of Minnesota centrally controls its A/V hardware, maximizes sustainability, and improves efficiency through RMS.

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Preparing Your Campus for the Future of Academic Video

Academic video will soon become an integral part of the higher ed learning experience

“Generation C” is demanding video in all aspects of their lives, including in their learning experiences. Universities ought to harness the power of academic video not only to meet these expectations, but to realize the power of lecture capture, personalized education, and flipped classrooms. In this web seminar hosted by Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown and originally presented on August 20, 2013, JD Solomon of University Business presented some findings from a new white paper about how academic video is at a tipping point and what its future looks like.

Heeding the call

Institutions of higher learning and their financial aid departments face increasing governmental pressure to perform; using ECM solutions improves performance and recruiting
In light of President Obama’s recent speech outlining his goals for higher education, the need to become more transparent, accountable and efficient has become particularly acute for those charged with managing student financial aid, says Linda Ding, education program strategist for Laserfiche.

Fine-tuning financial aid

The move to Laserfiche’s ECM technology has enabled Oklahoma Christian University to hone its financial aid processes, disbursing awards faster and improving customer service and student satisfaction
It wasn’t long ago that most of what went on behind the scenes at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) was paper-based and cumbersome. Realizing they needed to do a better job of meeting students’ expectations, OC’s Director of Student Financial Services, Clint LaRue, collaborated with Vice President of Information Technology John Hermes, found a way to move the department into the 21st century and provide better customer service.

Today’s changing future

The verdict is in; higher education must undergo a profound transformation if institutions and students are to thrive
President Obama’s recent speech outlining his plan to make higher education more affordable had as its centerpiece the intent to hold institutions receiving federal funding more accountable for how well they’re serving their students. Congressional approval is required to turn Obama’s proposal into actionable legislation. But if it does pass, colleges and universities will face greater scrutiny than ever before. Much of this attention will be directed at student financial aid departments, compelling them to become more efficient, accountable, and transparent in their operations.

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