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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.