Sadonia Lane, Director of Financial Aid @ Tabor College
Sadonia Lane, Director of Financial Aid @ Tabor College
All RMASFAA members should have received an email on the afternoon of Thursday December 5 from firstname.lastname@example.org. This email would have given you a temporary username and password for our new website at www.rmasfaa.org. If you do not recall receiving this email, please check your junk mail. Even better, you may want to add the @rmasfaa.org domain to your Safe Senders list in Outlook so that you don’t miss any emails from RMASFAA. Here are some instructions on how to do that.
The email directed you on how to log in, change your username/password, review your profile, and upload a photo. I hope you’ll be able to do those things so we have our database as updated as possible!
Please also take a moment to browse the website, both through the website menu and by logging in by clicking the maroon Member Log In button on the home page and exploring the member menu.
Members have access to search the directory, view the calendar of events, and submit and view job postings. You can do all of those things once you’re logged in and viewing the Member Menu.
Stay tuned for updates here on the blog as we roll out additional functionality. And please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or problems.
RMASFAA’s new website at https://rmasfaa.org/ is now live. The Electronic Initiatives Committee asks for your patience as we get all the functions of the site up and running! All members will be contacted in December with instructions on how to get your membership profile set up so you can access features such as the membership directory, job postings, listserv and eventually event registration. Primary members will also be contacted soon about renewing your membership for 2020. If you are having trouble seeing the new site, please clear your browser cache. Please let me know if you have questions!
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 2018/2019 Chair of Association News. It was a great experience and I feel lucky to be involved with such a wonderful board. The Association News Committee was full of excellent people and great to work with as well!
Please remember to say yes when you’re asked to volunteer. Jump in with both feet, don’t be scared to take a stab at it! It can open doors and further opportunities, you just never know!!
NWCCD – Sheridan, Gillette, & Sheridan College – Johnson County, Wyoming
CASA of Yellowstone County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for a safe and permanent home for abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County. This is accomplished through the work of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), appointed by a judge to represent a child or group of siblings in foster care and speak up for the children’s best interests. Funds raised help train and support volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. If you would like to donate prior to the RMASFAA conference please go on-line at https://www.yellowstonecasa.org/
See you in Billings!
Group buying has gained in popularity as a way for individual people or companies to reap the benefits of power in numbers. Known as “economies of scale”, some advantages include more purchasing power, lower costs, and reduced administrative workload. If you’ve ever wondered if group buying could work in higher-ed—specifically with default management services—keep reading. It’s an interesting thought we’ve explored.
Each year, millions of students rely on student loans. While many successfully repay them, others struggle and default, experiencing serious consequences. As schools are being held increasingly accountable for student success, finding innovative and cost-effective solutions remains on the to-do list for higher-ed leaders.
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) has more than 300,000 individuals who annually access their 16 technical colleges. While programs are affordable, many students rely on loans to help finance their education and cover living expenses. When student need to repay their loans, the schools want to provide extra help to those who need it.
In late 2017, WTCS leadership discussed this need. But with tight budgets and limited resources, they needed a creative way to serve their students and reduce Cohort Default Rates (CDRs). They explored group buying. Individual campuses were offered the chance to evaluate and purchase default management services as part of a larger entity.
WTCS wanted their schools to maintain autonomy in choosing which services to use (e.g., financial wellness tools, default prevention or loan rehabilitation services, etc). But they also wanted schools to reap the benefits of group buying. In total 13 of the 16 schools participated. The positive, and significant, outcomes achieved (in < 12 months) are explored in a case study.
Multi-campus benefits can include:
If you’re not part of a large school system there are ways to connect with an existing buying group or create your own.
We discovered that group buying isn’t just for retailers and hospitals. There’s solid opportunity for the higher-ed industry to save time and money and grow their buying power.
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Judy Hagar is the Director of Financial Aid for the University of Jamestown and serves as mentor for the current Leadership Pipeline class.
Basically, being asked! (That’s probably lame, but truthful!) Also, I was curious about the program.
The realization that a mentors learn as much or more from the folks we’re mentoring than we team them. Since mentors could only listen during our meetings, I learned so much from the mentees. They have great ideas, stories, information…etc. I need to just listen more all the time!
Greater confidence and courage to excel in this financial aid world. She is amazing!
This is a great program from which you will obtain really valuable tools and resources, and the time and travel commitment is minimal, so it is very doable with our work schedules.
Great connections are available through Leadership Pipeline!!