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October 2010
Volume 8 Issue 10

Research and News of Note
Report: Overall Donor Confidence in U.S. Falls

A new report reveals that donor confidence in the economy and expectations about charitable giving are at their lowest levels since December 2008.

Fast-Growing Mobile Technology Platforms Increase Campus Connectivity

Mobile technology is the fastest growing technology in the world, with 4.6 billion mobile devices in use at the end of 2009. And with continued growth expected, this booming trend has huge potential for increasing campus connectivity, says Stanford University's Lisa Lapin, who spoke at the recent CASE Institute for Senior Communications & Marketing Professionals.

Parents Continue to Hover, Especially in Admissions Process

A new survey reveals that nearly 80 percent of college admissions officers say parents are more involved than ever in the process due to growing competition and application costs.

New Report Addresses Need to Reform Higher Education in England

Proposals released as part of a landmark review of higher education in England would create a more competitive environment among universities while increasing their autonomy and ability to fundraise from former students and philanthropists, according to CASE Europe.

Community Colleges Have Crucial Role in U.S. Economy

"Unsung heroes," "hidden gems" and "uniquely American" are just a few of the phrases national leaders used to describe community colleges during a White House summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

Survey: Americans Generally Pleased with Community Colleges

The vast majority of respondents to a new survey say the quality of education at community colleges is excellent or good and that it is sometimes better for students to attend community colleges instead of four-year institutions.

Strategic Social Networks Can Enhance Community, Provide Unique Value

Social networks expand the concept of what it means to be human. They can create interactive, personal and meaningful relationships with prospective students, their parents and alumni. That's according to Greg Carroll, vice president for marketing communications at Stetson University and a speaker at a recent CASE conference.

China Launches Campaign to Raise Quality, Quantity of Graduates

China is moving forward with an ambitious program to raise the country's university enrollment rate from 24 percent to 40 percent within 10 years and the number of college graduates in the work force from 9 percent to 20 percent.

Education Institutions Get Creative to Beat Shortfalls Due to Global Recession

University World News reports that higher education institutions are partnering with the private sector more and devising other innovative ways to raise revenue to cover gaps created by shrinking state budgets and financial shortfalls.

Research Vital in Today's Fundraising Without Borders

Why have so many educational institutions found global fundraising so difficult? One practical reason is the lack of prospect research.

Inside CASE
In Search of Volunteer Leadership

CASE is seeking nominations for its board of trustees and three advisory commissions: alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy.

Annual Survey of Gifts, Cost of Voluntary Giving Opens in U.K.

Higher education institutions across the United Kingdom are invited to participate in the Ross-CASE survey, which is open for participation through 22 November.

CASE Offers New Option for Small Companies with Big Goals

One-person firms now have a new option for becoming a CASE Educational Partner: associate partner.

Presentation Proposals Sought for Asia-Pacific Conference

CASE Asia-Pacific is accepting presentation proposals for its CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference, which takes place March 9-11, 2011, in Singapore.

Have Your Say: Participate in Revised Compensation Survey

CASE will soon launch its popular compensation survey, which has been redesigned to include a focus on benefits as well as wages.

Strengthen Annual Giving Skills in One Week at Consecutive Conferences

Chicago is the place to be next month for annual giving practitioners who want to learn new approaches for raising money in today's economy, sharpen their phonathon skills or beef up their direct marketing programs. That's because CASE is offering three back-to-back conferences on annual giving in the Windy City.

CASE Accepting Nominations for SimpsonScarborough Scholarships

Communications and marketing practitioners who are new to educational advancement are invited to apply for a SimpsonScarborough scholarship. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1.

CASE Conference to Discuss Critical Role of Deans in Advancement

Deans are playing an increasingly critical role in the advancement efforts of colleges, universities and K-12 private institutions. Discuss their special role and potential impact as part of the development team at CASE's popular Development for Deans conference.

Nominate Student Advancement Group for a 2011 CASE ASAP District Award

CASE ASAP is now accepting nominations for the 2011 CASE ASAP District Awards.

Learn Best Practices in Publications, Persuasive Writing at Two CASE Conferences

Whether you are interested in learning about current best practices in publications or you want to sharpen your writing skills and fundraising results, CASE has a conference for you this November.

CASE Advancement Staff on the Move

CASE keeps members informed about their colleagues' advancement—whether moving to a new institution around the corner or across continents.

U.S. Federal Relations News
Postal Rate Increase Denied

On Sept. 30, the Postal Regulatory Commission denied a United States Postal Service request for significant increases in postal rates, including nonprofit standard and periodical rates. The rate increases would have taken effect on Jan. 2, 2011.

Congress to Consider Estate Tax, IRA Rollover after Midterm Elections

Congress adjourned on Sept. 29 without taking action on the estate tax and an extension of the IRA charitable rollover. Both issues will likely be on a long list of items lawmakers will consider when they return to Washington, D.C., after the midterm elections.

Attend the 2010 Higher Education Government Relations Conference in Austin, Texas

"Performing Under Pressure" is the theme of the 2010 Higher Education Government Relations Conference taking place Dec. 1-3, 2010, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov.15.

CASE District News
District I

District I is gearing up for its annual conference, which features a keynote address by the executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, Meg Vaillancourt.

Register before early-bird registration ends to take advantage of the lowest conference cost available!

District IV

District IV congratulates 13 member institutions that were winners in the CASE 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The following colleges and universities won either grand gold or gold awards:

  • Austin College
  • Oklahoma State University/OSU Alumni Association
  • Tulane University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas System

And six other CASE District IV schools received the CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising:

  • Overall Performance: Baylor College of Medicine, Louisiana State University and Texas State University
  • Overall Improvement: St. Mark's School of Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M International University

CASE District IV members are also preparing to attend a joint conference in New Orleans with District III in February. Registration is available online, and awards competition fees and entries are due Nov. 5. For details, visit the conference website.

Lastly, the executive committee of the CASE District IV board of directors approved and added two honors to its call for award nominations this fall: the Rising Star Award for new professionals who have two to five years of experience in institutional advancement; and the Milestone Service Awards, which recognize 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to the district. The district's call for nominations will be sent to members in late October.

District VI

District VI is currently accepting nominations for 2011-2012 board positions. The deadline to submit board nominations is Oct. 22.

The district is also accepting submissions for institutional awards. The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 22.

The 2011 conference committee is excited to announce several new features for this year:

  • Three preconference sessions (included in the cost of the conference): "Social Media 101," "Advance Social Media" and "Working with Emerging Constituencies"
  • Longer opening breakout sessions to allow conference attendees a chance to learn, meet and interact with professionals in their area
  • A one-day "Deans for Academic Leadership" session for Monday (cost included in the conference fee; $195 for non-conference participants)

And finally, the board is pleased to announce that Hauli Sabatka will be the conference co-chair for the December 2012 joint conference with District V. Hauli is the senior director of alumni relations and college events for Hastings College Alumni and Foundation.

District VIII

District VIII is offering a bootcamp for those who want to get started in using social media for higher education. The event will be held Nov. 16 in Calgary, Alberta. Visit the website for more information and registration.


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Daniel Jensen

Daniel Jensen is associate vice chancellor for governmental affairs for the University of North Texas System.

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