The Direct Network


Your School Needs Data on Students’ ROI

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 27, 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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5 Things You Need to Know About Borrower Defense

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

One minute, experts advise colleges to put their marketing materials under the microscope and check for language that could — intentionally or not — be viewed as predatory. The next, word is there’s no longer cause for schools to conduct a review. Here’s what’s going on with the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule.

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Stay Informed With MBS Direct

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Education and technology are constantly evolving. The best practices one day might change or be improved by the next. Learning from the experiences of other schools and staying in the know about the latest offerings in field keeps your school on the cutting edge of education and provides benefits. The latest course materials options can affect your bottom line, student success rates and the job-satisfaction of teachers. Making the wrong choice can negatively impact these same areas. That’s why it is important to research new topics and innovations as well as listen to the experiences other schools have forging the same waters.  

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Communication is key to retention. Without a sense of connection to the university, students flounder and stray. Some move to a new institution, some fail to meet grade requirements and some simply give up and drop out.

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6 Alternative Revenue Streams for Colleges

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Despite the market being up, student numbers are down with little relief in sight. Finding additional income can provide stability without raising tuition is necessary.

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Is Your Administration Cutting Costs or Creating Them?

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

“People in those staff jobs have it made,” my friend said, rolling her eyes. “They get paid really well and do nothing.

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The Winter of Students’ Discontent

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 6, 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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Trouble in Mind: A New Study Shows a Need for Strong Mental Health Networks on Campus

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

Hate-crime, anorexia, trauma, rape, psychosis, suicide: They're words no one likes to utter, but neglecting to do so can be a tragic (and costly) failure to address the realities of college life. New research shows that now more than ever campuses must take preventative steps to protect student mental health.

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College Transparency Act

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A new federal, bipartisan bill has been proposed in the United States Senate and House of Representatives that would create a college student data system. The system would evaluate enrollment patterns, progression, completion and post-college outcomes, as well as the cost to the student and financial aid. The stated goal of the act is to provide students and families with information that will help them make a more informed decision about higher education pursuits. The bill would benefit students, especially in light of student financial concerns, but it also raises questions about how the information will be used.

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Toughen Up: Schools May Need to Strengthen their Online Offerings

Posted by Lori Reese on May 31, 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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