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The Presidency

Fall 2016

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On The Cover

Stephen G. Pelletier

More and more, higher education is relying on technology to quickly gather, analyze, and act on data that can improve campus efficiency and more effectively educate student

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  • lightning in sky

    From Perfect Storm to Successful Spinoff: How One University Overcame Wide-Ranging Challenges to Create a High-Tech Revenue Source

    Pete Young

    University of Maryland University College has taken tech innovation to the next level, spinning off a company that helps other institutions upgrade their technology and analyze data for better outcomes while funneling profits to Maryland students in need.

  • money

    Leveraging Size to Save Costs

    Bob Keasler

    Smaller colleges and universities depend just as much on finance, human-resource, and student-information software as larger institutions do. To increase their buying power on information technology—along with legal services and other big-ticket needs—more than 50 private nonprofit colleges and universities have joined forces to create the Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium.

  • Q&A: Chalk and Talk 2.0

    Perry J. Samson

    In this exclusive Q&A, Perry Samson, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, shares the impetus and implications of a high-tech tool he developed to help colleagues gather and apply data about their own lectures to improve their teaching.

  • computers

    The Metrics System: Seven Smart Choices About Data

    Stephen G. Pelletier

    More and more, higher education is relying on technology to quickly gather, analyze, and act on data that can improve campus efficiency and more effectively educate students.

  • diploma

    Transcripts That Mean Something

    Jamie Merisotis

    Employers are having a hard time identifying candidates who possess particular skills. Job candidates are struggling to make themselves marketable in a rapidly evolving labor environment. To help bridge the gap, Lumina Foundation has invested $1.49 million in the Comprehensive Student Record Project to collect, document, and share student outcomes and competencies that reflect learning in both academic and nonacademic contexts.

  • student analyzing data

    What the Data Are For

    Mark Becker

    The problem is not having enough data—the challenge is in using data to move the needle on key goals. Leveraging a data-driven student-advising system, Georgia State University has boosted six-year graduation rates by more than 20 percentage points and eliminated graduation gaps.

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