Campus Communication

Putting a High Priority on Technology

A president's perspective on moving a nonprofit's headquarters to campus

THE FIRST WORD THAT SPRINGS to mind in conjunction with the phrase “liberal arts education” is not “technology.” In the 21st century, however, it should.

Historically, liberal arts colleges have not placed a heavy emphasis on technology, either in the curriculum or as a teaching tool. But we hit a tipping point earlier this decade on liberal arts campuses. Not a single young person on our campus can remember life before the internet. If we don’t teach even our most traditional courses—humanities, history, literature—using today’s technology, we are probably failing as educators.

Digital Signage for Education

Enhancing campuswide communication with digital signage

Look around a college campus today and you will be hard pressed to find a student walking around without a cell phone, MP3 player or other wireless device. With students being more on the go and tech-savvy than ever, the days of disseminating information by posting campus news on the doors of dormitory bathroom stalls and community bulletin boards are quickly coming to a close.

Web 2.0—Bane or Boon to Campus Operations and Management?

Higher education has become an online service industry. Students submit — and colleges accept or deny — applications online. Parents pay tuition on the web. Schools post curricula and students select courses and manage their college experiences via portals. Professors publish websites listing syllabuses, assignments and office hours. Classes, tests, and research can all be conducted online. Online services are now a necessary and expected part of campus life.

POSITIONED TO THRIVE: Higher Ed in the Recession

How colleges and universities are working together to be stronger during tough economic times
 

SINCE WORLD WAR I, FORT ORD IN SALINAS, CALIF., HAD BEEN AN ARMY training facility and artillery target range. Today, 15 years after the army left, the property’s main feature is a growing regional university—California State University, Monterey Bay.

One-Stop Tutoring Shop

Colleges make it easier for students by co-locating tutoring services.
 

IT IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT: Tutoring helps students perform better. The trick is getting them to use it. In keeping with the cyclical nature of trends, community colleges are rediscovering the advantages of student success centers, which consolidate math, writing, and language help in one place.

Web Redesign on a Dime

Tools, tips, and tricks to revamp or upgrade an institutional website
 

AT A TIME WHEN HIGHER ED institutions are facing deep budget cuts, delayed projects, hiring freezes, or even worse, it has never been as important to have a website up to par as it is now.

The Cost of Innovation

Thoughts on teaching and learning and the bottom line
 

THE PREVAILING MODEL FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING is drawn from the conviction of many funders that any teaching innovation in teaching requires faculty to be released from normal duties to try something new.

Cellular Colleges: The Next Small Thing

Several U.S.-based institutions are now exploring cellular colleges.

We know automakers are in trouble-they paid attention to what once was, instead of what will be. Could American higher ed suffer the same hubris or will we now witness a new generation of cellular teachers and learners?

It's the Community, Stupid!

A seven-step plan to raise and nurture any community online
 

BLOGS, WIKIS, PODCASTS, videocasts, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more have made their way into the world of higher education.

Across Generational Lines

Making an intergenerational living complex work
 

Those of us at residential liberal arts institutions are used to attracting the traditional, “18-year-old fresh out of high school” student.

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