LSU again ranked No. 8 in StudentAdvisor.com’s 2012 Top 100 Social Media Colleges rankings, which includes data such as Facebook fan counts and number and effectiveness of Twitter followers.
StudentAdvisor.com cited LSU’s Digitial Media Festival, a celebration of undergraduates who produce intellectual and creative work using digital media.
Students submitted their work through YouTube and Flickr.
“Social media has revolutionized university engagement,” Dean Tsouvalas, editor-in-chief of StudentAdvisor.com, said in a news release.
“The algorithm for the Top 100 takes into account student populations ranging from over 67,000 at Arizona State University to 1,100 at the University of Hawaii-West O’ahu.”
Schools on the list do an incredible job of harnessing the power of social media to keep their communities informed and show others what the schools are all about.
Tulane University ranked No. 72.
Tulane held a symposium called “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media with national social media experts.
The top five social media colleges were Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, and Stanford University.
WASHINGTON — Retailers are paying significantly less every time a customer swipes a debit card under a rule capping the fees that banks are allowed to charge.
The Federal Reserve said in a report Tuesday that the average fee paid by merchants for debit card transactions covered by the rule was 24 cents in the fourth quarter of 2011. That compares with an average of 43 cents before the Fed’s rule took effect Oct. 1.
The rule was mandated under the 2010 financial overhaul law. For most transactions, banks can charge merchants a maximum 21 cents for each debit card transaction plus an additional 0.05 percent of the purchase price to cover fraud protection costs.
Transactions using debit cards issued by banks with less than $10 billion in assets, as well as some prepaid debit cards, are exempt from the cap.
The cap was the first limit to be imposed on debit card fees, which banks traditionally had negotiated with merchants.
Before the Fed set its level last June, merchants had said that reduced fees would allow them to lower their prices for consumers. Banks, on the other hand, had warned that a limit on what they can charge retailers would force them to cut back on other services, such as free checking and rewards programs.
Compiled from Advocate business staff and wire reports
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