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Food for Thought - Increasing Urgency to Rein in Costs

The Department of Ed is hoping to start a national dialogue around rising costs in higher education. As
the sector comes under increasing pressure to control rising costs and reduce student debt, what strategies is your institution using to address this critical challenge?

Secretary of Education Calls for Urgency on College Costs
Source: The New York Times
Date: 11/29/11
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed a Las Vegas conference ...

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Food for Thought - The Brave New World of Performance-Based funding...

As more states adopt performance-based funding models, what steps are your institution taking to adapt to these new measures, standards, and requirements for public funding?

Performance-Based Funding for Higher Ed: Lessons Learned
Source: Stateline
Date: 9/8/11
As more states consider whether and how to move toward performance-based funding for colleges and universities, here is a look at what can be learned from the early adopters of perfor...

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Food for Thought - Measuring the Value of College

Policies like Gainful Employment focus on drawing more direct links between degree completion and student employability.  Another way of looking at the issue is how much a degree costs and how much debt a student takes on for different kinds of credentials. What approach is your institution using to assess and measure performance and student success?

To Get at College 'Value,' Report Looks at Student Debt and Degree Completion Together
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Food for Thought - Ratcheting up uncertainty...

The current federal and state regulatory environments are ratcheting up the level of uncertainty for students and institutions. What is your institution doing to navigate the dynamic regulatory environment and assess the implications of different policy proposals and adapt to regulatory changes more effectively?

Anxiety and Uncertainty
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Date: 7/27/11
As the Aug. 2 deadline for increasing the federal debt limit approa...

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Food for Thought - The Ever Shifting Student Aid Landscape...

Over the last couple of years, regulatory changes have transformed the student aid landscape in very dramatic ways. How is your institution keeping up and adapting to these changes?  What support is needed to ensure that students are able to navigate the process successfully?

Frustration with the Feds 
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Date: 7/19/11
In sessions on diverse topics at the annual convention for the National Association of Student Financi...

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Visit with SunGard at the NACUBO Annual Meeting

Doing more with less gets harder every day. But you do it, because you have a community to serve.

Visit with SunGard at the NACUBO Annual Meeting, July 9-12, Tampa, Florida, to learn how you can make your IT resources work even harder.

For a quick preview of what we’ll be up to in Tampa, visit us at www.sungardhe.com/nacubo.

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Food for Thought - Education at the Tipping Point

As tuition levels have steadily increased, institutions and industry watchers have often wondered what the tipping point is – when students start turning away from higher education because it is simply out of reach.  Some suggest that the time is near, as the down economy, diminished public funding, and stubbornly high unemployment rates make it difficult for institutions to deliver students the same value they once received for their investmen...

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Banner Effort Reporting and Labor Redistribution

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is an early implementer of the Banner Effort Reporting and Labor Redistribution module.
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Food for Thought - Managing IP on campus...

At a time when public funding for research is at risk, institutions are looking for better ways to support their research initiatives, maximize their capabilities, and monetize their intellectual property. What challenges does your campus face in converting research assets into institutional revenue?

It Came From Their Lab. But How to Take It to the Bank?
Source: The New York Times
Date: 3/12/11
There are a lot of smart people...

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Food for Thought - Endowments bounce back

As endowments show signs of recovery, how can SGHE support institutions in managing their fundraising and investments more effectively?

Endowments at Universities See Gains After 2009 Losses
Source: The New York Times
Date: 1/27/11
The value of university endowments increased an average of 11.9 percent for fiscal 2010, making up most of the ground lost in the previous year, according to the comprehensive Nacubo...