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Campus Computing Project takes pulse of higher ed IT

December, 2015
Helping faculty adopt instructional technology is a top IT priority in higher ed.

Although it has been a boon to commercial services such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and others, colleges and universities aren’t completely sold on cloud computing. That’s according to the 2015 “Campus Computing Project” report, released in October at the Educause conference in Indianapolis.

Branching out with solar to charge devices

December, 2015
North Carolina State University's solar tree gives students another option to recharge.

North Carolina State University has installed near its library a 16-foot-tall solar tree where students and others can charge laptops, phones and tablets.

Comprising a 1,500-watt solar array atop a recycled steel base, the tree is designed to withstand 140 mph winds and is the first of three planned for this area of campus.

Columbia combats food insecurity on campus

November, 2015

Columbia University students concerned with hunger on campus launched two initiatives this fall—one involving a mobile app—that help provide struggling classmates with meals.

The Emergency Meal Fund allows students on Columbia’s meal plan to donate up to six unused meals per semester. Any Columbia undergraduate or graduate student can register to receive a donated meal, no questions asked.

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One-stop shop eases discovery of online services and business forms

December, 2015
OneCampus has been a perfect fit at the University of Delaware, where students have their smartphones with them all the time--even during the traditional twilight induction ceremony held for incoming freshmen. Courtesy of UD.

The number of forms at the University of Delaware, just like at any other higher ed institution, is large. From course withdrawals for students to facilities requests by staff, a stakeholder is often required to fill out a specific form deep within various web applications in order to make a business action happen on campus.

Kentucky university seeing benefits of unified communications platform

December, 2015
Brescia University upgrades to Jive Communications hosted phone system for a better user experience

Frequent downtime. Lengthy change processes. Complicated pricing structure. These were just a few of the issues of Brescia University’s phone system in use prior to 2014.

Driving Student Success with Smart Technology

October, 2015

As more business documents are converted to digital files – and mobile information access becomes a way of life for the students, faculty and staff of the millennial generation – innovative institutions are going beyond simple paperless operations. They are exploring creative ways to automate, optimize and transform business processes for student success and operational efficiency.

Using Student Data and Predictive Analytics to Boost Retention

October, 2015

Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to boost retention and completion rates, and national research has shown that students who are highly engaged on campus are more apt to graduate. By using student data and predictive analytics effectively, institutions can improve retention rates by identifying students needing early intervention and proactively helping them succeed.