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Build Your School’s Brand

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What are the first three qualities that come to students’ minds when they are asked about your school? How about the faculty? The community? The alumni? Are all the qualities similar? The answers to these questions make up your school’s brand, which is a vital part of attracting and retaining students.

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Coding for Kids

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Alarm clock, digital coffee maker, smartphone, car, elevator, email: Whether you know it or not, your life revolves around code. That’s why K–12 schools devoted to arming kids with valuable 21st century skills are building the computer programmer’s skill into the curriculum.

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Toughen Up: Schools May Need to Strengthen their Online Offerings

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 29, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Virtual classrooms have been touted as an innovation that can eradicate higher education’s woes. They’re supposed to open up new lines of revenue for cash-strapped colleges while reducing financial inequality among students.

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The Adjunct Disjunct

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Although adjuncts save institutions money, these untenured teachers have become so prevalent on campuses many ask whether they represent a crisis for colleges and universities.

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The Winter of Students’ Discontent

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Bill Gates didn’t graduate college. Neither did Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright and the list can go on with the names of highly innovative, creative and intelligent individuals.

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Feed Student Hunger, Fuel Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As food insecurity and homelessness among college students grow, the once parodied image of the starving student eating everything in sight ceases to be a laughing matter. Higher education for many is the pursuit of a better life. Along the journey toward that idealized destination, some students will face impossible hardships: surviving on one — if that — meal a day, finding a safe place to sleep each night and struggling to make it through each day until graduation. Without assistance, some will be forced to drop out.

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North Central University Provides Students a Better Experience

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, North Central University is an awesome place to be. Just three blocks from the new Viking stadium (where the Super Bowl will be held in 2018), the school immerses students in the great city atmosphere as they learn and explore. When Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Business & Finance Amy High came to the University she was enamored with the beautiful campus and the wonderful atmosphere, but one area needed a little work: the campus bookstore.

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Your School Needs Data on Students’ ROI

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students have one big concern when it comes to college: Whether education will lead to a good job. The focus on career has grown in recent years as Generation Z has matured and entered school. An increasing number of nontraditional students have also begun seeking to better their employment prospects with a degree.

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Three Ways an Online Bookstore Saves Money

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Practical ways to decrease overhead while increasing productivity are rare, but that is exactly what an online bookstore provides. For a growing number of schools, the costs associated with maintaining a physical bookstore outweigh the benefit — especially when it can be done with virtually no risk or inconvenience.

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Enticing Recruits with the iPad

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment declines nationwide, colleges and universities search for ever-more creative ways to recruit. Often prospective students need to see something tangible — a concrete attribute that sets one $30,000-plus liberal arts school apart from another of comparable size and cost. To a student, what’s going to make one grassy quadrangle look different from the next?

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