Readers' Choice Top Products

Starfish Early Alert

Company Starfish Retention Solutions

Starfish Early Alert is an early warning and student tracking system that allows an institution to take a more comprehensive approach to student success, rather than concentrate solely on students who enroll with classic at-risk characteristics. Features include manual and automatic flag raising; the ability to communicate with students via email, Facebook and text; and success reports.

Classroom Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013


Company Ellucian

Colleague, an ERP system, brings together the power of integration, web and mobile self-service and out-of-the box reporting. It provides back-end information sharing and efficiencies along with the front-end services and familiar interfaces that make users productive. Colleague eliminates the need to navigate multiple networks by offering every constituent (on campus and off) a personalized portal.

Reader Testimony: “The new Colleague student screens are helping us streamline our processes, resulting in a great deal of man hours saved as well as having the information stored all in one place. The product also has made our reporting to government agencies so much easier. We have yet to realize the full amount of time that is going to be saved each year by the elimination of hand-count reporting.” —Gwen Mikeals, information analyst, Saint Leo University, Va. Software Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013

Pharos VAR

Company TRAC Systems

This software can manage and optimize printing on an institution’s network. By setting printing quotas, students can be charged when they’ve exceeded their allowance. For recovering printing costs, Pharos VAR also has real-time links to campus accounting systems such as Blackboard, CBORD Odyssey and Heartland Payment Systems OneCard.

Software Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013


Company Engineerica

Accudemia is a web-based academic center management system that can manage student visits, appointments, academic early warnings, feedback collection and student-faculty interactions. Students can connect online directly to campus offices and request appointments for tutoring, advising, mentoring or any other services.

Reader Testimony: “Accudemia has helped streamline our tutoring services. We are more efficient as a result of using this product and have had great success with their tech support. Accudemia also allows us to track data and statistics on our usage in a very user friendly way and without any delay.” —Zoraya Betancourt, assistant director, University of South Florida Honorable Mention:

AccuTrack, AccuSQL

Classroom Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013

LibGuides LMS

Company Springshare

The LibGuides library content management system is used to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides on any topic, subject or course. LibGuides can be used as an academic library’s website and mobile site, complete with staff profile pages and other general information. It also can be used to post to Facebook, Twitter or other social media.

Classroom Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013


Company Tapingo

This online food-ordering service was made specially for college campuses. It allows students and staff to order food from establishments on and around campus. Users can browse menus, customize food orders, use a credit card/campus card as payment and save frequently-used orders. A Tapingo mobile app is also available.

Food Service, Dining Halls Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013

Webstudy LMS

Company Webstudy Inc.

This LMS features synchronous and asynchronous capabilities, live streaming video and audio, flexible course construction and a content repository. Faculty members can build a syllabus, organize and store material and then add supplementary materials, such as audio and video.

Classroom Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013

Optimizing Academic Balance

Company The Higher Education Practice

The Optimizing Academic Balance program can examine the long-term viability of the majors offered by higher ed institutions, and identify opportunities for growth, expansion and cost savings. It also can direct administrations to resources needed to increase enrollment and maximize the value of the curriculum.

Tuition Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013


Company CollegeWeekLive

This website enables students to live chat during virtual events with admissions representatives and students from hundreds of American universities. Students also can watch presentations from education experts on topics such as mastering the SATs/ACTs, writing a standout college essay, choosing a college and more.

Reader Testimony: “CollegeWeekLive is an instrumental tool that helps us to reach out to students near and far. We take part in their online college fairs and have also used their products to conduct chats and webinars. Furthermore, the CWL team are truly listening to our needs and concerns. That is refreshing, and I am happy to be collaborating with them.” —Kristin Nichols, associate director, Bentley University, Mass. Internet Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013

LTMU TV Wall Mount

Company Chief Manufacturing

The LTMU tilt mount for television screens and digital signage solves top flat panel installation problems, offering precise positioning and post-installation fine tuning. The ClickConnect feature delivers an audible click when the screen safely engages with the mount and the built-in cable stand provides easy access under the screen.

Hardware Readers' Choice Top Products Year: 2013