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Insight

Company: Nuventive

This accreditation management software organizes and helps schools create presentations to show they are meeting standards. The software can pull in data on learning outcomes and other documentation that show an institution is making continuous improvement. Insight has the ability to export reports that may be self-contained for distribution on CD, flash drive or electronically.

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iPad

Company: Apple

Developed with education in mind, the iPad and its apps, such as iTunes U, provide students with a portable multimedia library. In iBooks, students can access an interactive dictionary or flip through textbooks, photo galleries and 3D images via touchscreen. Thousands of additional educational apps can be downloaded and used in the classroom and be used to communicate with a school’s community.

Reader Testimony: “The iPad is so easy to travel with and makes email easily accessible when on the road. But the real top benefit for me is that I have a photo campus tour installed on the iPad that allows me to share all the new buildings and pictures of students with alumni and friends, no matter where I travel. They love being able to hold the iPad in their hands to see what is happening on our campus.” —Linda Schaub, executive director of development, Spring Arbor University, Mich. Hardware Readers' Choice Top Products

Get it Now

Company: Copyright Clearance Center

Get It Now from Copyright Clearance Center complements a school’s interlibrary loan services by immediately fulfilling patrons’ requests for full-text articles from unsubscribed journals. Instead of requiring patrons to navigate between multiple publisher websites—each with different access, payment and invoice methods—Get It Now fulfills content requests through a single centralized service.

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LiveText

Company: LiveText

The LiveText assessment solution analyzes student learning outcomes and college program accreditation. Administrators can access data reports with aggregated summaries as well as drill downs for detailed analysis. LiveText can report annually or by term on outcomes and goals for departments, programs, majors and both academic and nonacademic divisions.

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Text Message CRM

Company: Mobile Commons

This software allows institutions to bring/integrate mobile devices into their communications efforts. Mobile Commons accesses user data—such as email and addresses—from a school’s CRM so administrators can run far-ranging text messaging campaigns from one dashboard. Text-message alerts for events and breaking news can be sent to an entire community or to specified groups.

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Saba Classroom

Company: Saba

Instructors can record and publish courses for on-demand use with this classroom management software. They also can poll students and track their progress. Interactive features allow students to chat and work in smaller groups. Centrally stored in the cloud, classes are accessible anytime.

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Tuition Refund Insurance

Company: Sallie Mae

Tuition Refund insurance helps protect a student’s higher education invest-ment if he or she is forced to withdraw from school for covered medical reasons, such as injury, illness, or a mental health condition. Along with the Student Protection Plan, the insurance covers the costs that may not be refunded by an institution, including tuition, academic fees, room and board, books and other eligible education expenses.

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Qualtrics Research Suite

Company: Qualtrics

Users have more than 100 question types to choose from when designing surveys with this online service. Users can design their own layouts and embed rich media, such as video and images. Questions can either be pulled from professionally designed surveys or an institution can create its own library of questions, messages and media.

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MindMixer

Company: MindMixer

This online engagement platform aims to spark collaborative conversations within a higher ed community. Administrators can post a challenge that the institution is facing, such as how to improve sustainability, and let the community help find solutions. Administrators can also post polls and surveys to gauge community interest and sentiment about a particular issue.

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Cascade Server

Company: Hannon Hill

The Cascade Server web content management system is designed to help administrators maintain the back end of websites efficiently and reliably. It also can integrate with social media to streamline a school’s web marketing efforts. Web managers can create and maintain mobile sites in the Cascade Server.

Reader Testimony: “Cascade Server’s cloud solution has enabled our university to focus more time and resources on actually supporting our end users (around 300) and less on the system maintenance itself. Of the enterprise CMS systems I have worked with, Cascade Server is by far the most conducive to the needs of our university’s end users and administrators.” —Berta Roebuck, web developer, University of San Diego, Calif. Internet Readers' Choice Top Products

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