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Governance is an essential part of your institution, but is your current methodology as beneficial and productive as it could be? Nothing is perfect, but when your board, president, administrators and faculty are on the same page, the possibilities for your institution are endless.
When I am asked what makes Ellucian Live such a unique experience, the answer comes easily: After 13 years as CIO of Northwood University I can say with confidence that the speakers, sessions and vendors at the ELive conference help higher-education leaders enhance student success through technology. But that's just the beginning.
What’s the biggest market for higher education? If you think it’s 18- to 22-year-olds, your mindset is a few years behind the curve. New studies show that nontraditional learners, those outside the standard conceptualization of a college student, now make up the majority of those pursuing collegiate and postgraduate degrees.
Great strides have been made to bring higher education into the digital era. Student recruitment is increasingly fueled by the use of big data and the cloud is enabling new efficiencies in college administration. But not all facets of the college experience have adapted to technology with ease.
Knee-deep into a sweeping reform movement that vowed to get more students into and through the higher-education system, college administrators have yet to identify a silver-bullet solution for college completion.
You don’t need a crystal ball to tell you that mobile tools and applications will play a huge role in the future of higher education. Students and professors virtually live on handheld devices. You can’t walk across campus without bumping into a student texting on a smartphone or doing coursework on a tablet.
In recent years, Internet-ready mobile devices have evolved from a fringe curiosity to a staple of everyday life. And it should come as no surprise that college students are among the most voracious users.
College and university officials tend to bristle at the suggestion that they should “think like a business.” While it’s critical for institutions to be transparent in their operations and to use resources such as data analytics to drive change within and across the organization, higher education is not a traditional corporate enterprise. Institutions face unique challenges, many of which do not fit neatly on a balance sheet.
You know what’s great? The mapping application on your smartphone. Sit down in your car and type in an address; within seconds you’re provided with several routes that promise to get you to your destination. Depending on your app of choice, you might even be able to see which route will get you there fastest, with the least amount of traffic.