Administrative/Business Tools


Purposeful Faculty Development

Gardner Campbell tells CT that faculty development programs, even when they focus on operational, procedural, or technical details, can and should reflect higher education's fundamental values and principles, provide time and space for insight, and encourage deep thinking about higher purposes.

AI Team at Penn State Gains $30k to Define Fastest Path to Graduation

A team of seven Penn State undergraduates received $30,000 to continue development of an application to help students figure out the shortest path to graduation. "LionPlanner" won first place in a competition that challenged students to use artificial intelligence to solve real problems.



Community Colleges Seek to Boost School Presence with Partnerships

Community colleges are the most likely among all kinds of post-secondary schools to view their work with external partners, such as employers and industry or even other institutions, as worthwhile. In a recently published survey, 57 percent of community colleges ranked partnerships "of all kinds" of the "highest importance," compared to just 21 percent of four-year private colleges and universities and 28 percent of four-year publics. The survey was conducted earlier this year by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and Blackboard.

EAB Analytics Program Forecasts Enrollment Funnel

A higher education advisory company has launched an application to help campus administrators identify candidates most likely to apply, accept and attend their schools. EAB's new Pipeline Analytics uses machine learning on data gleaned from 1.5 billion student interactions across the U.S.-based college-bound high school student population to support customers in tuning their student recruitment strategies.

Office of Federal Student Aid Looking to Revamp Tech and Operations

The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid is looking for solutions to help manage its high-volume system that manages $1.4 trillion for more than 42 million users.

Blackboard Intros Mobile Ordering App

A new offering from Blackboard allows students to order food and other items from any location via mobile device.

Central State U Taps Oracle Student Management to Boost Student Success Efforts

In an effort to increase degree attainment for non-traditional students, Ohio's Central State University is rolling out Oracle's Student Management product for student recruiting, engagement and support.

Salesforce.org Updates Education Cloud with Enhanced Advising Tools, Advancement Features and More

Salesforce.org today announced a number of updates to its Education Cloud platform, including enhancements to its Salesforce Advisor Link product, new features for developing alumni and donor relationships, new Higher Education Data Architecture capabilities and an expansion to Education Cloud data architecture for K-12 institutions.

Personalizing the Admissions Process to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Maryville University created an "application for anything" tool that allows schools to easily customize admissions applications for specific applicants or programs.

Supporting Digital Transformation in Education: A Model for Statewide and Regional Networks

Samuel Conn, president and CEO of NJEdge talks about his organization's priority of fostering "excellence in education through the effective use of technology".

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