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Building bridges to student success

December, 2016
Westchester Community College

Student success is inherently at the center of every institution’s mission, and this round of Models of Excellence showcases eight initiatives dedicated to supporting that goal, from before a student’s first class right through—and beyond—graduation.

Proposing a liberal arts and technical education armistice

December, 2016
Bill Path is president of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Despite its sometimes rigid conventions and customs, higher education is still very good at finding innovative solutions to problems that face students. Today’s college graduates are struggling. They need the technical skills to enter the modern workforce and the ability to advance their careers—not one or the other.

Instant college admissions: An enrollment and engagement boost

December, 2016
INSPIRING ACTIVITIES—Students get to begin bonding with future classmates on Instant Admissions Day at Unity College in Maine. They also get some certainty about their higher ed futures.

Instant Admissions Day at Unity College in Maine provides benefits beyond the immediate acceptance of students’ applications. This accelerated enrollment approach provides a clearer picture of the 700-student private college’s incoming class.

Technology leaders encouraged to share expertise

Higher ed AV and IT leaders to are gathering at UBTech (Orlando, June 12-14) to share best practices for new technology implementations.

Ernest H. Moreno Language Arts and Humanities Building

December, 2016
Taking advantage of southern California’s generally inviting climate, a sun-drenched open-air courtyard gives students a break from climate-controlled classrooms. (Photo: Tom Bonner Photography)

The recently opened Ernest H. Moreno Language Arts and Humanities Building at East Los Angeles College provides a welcoming front door for the institution’s more than 30,000 students.

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With the addition of the CASHNet Mobile Payments App, purchasing can be done anywhere, anytime at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private Jesuit institution with 7,400 students in Spokane, Washington. From club events to games, there is always something happening on campus.

However, until nine years ago there was no secure, hosted environment where students, staff, and visitors could purchase tickets to events with a credit or debit card.

“We also had students studying abroad who had the opportunity to do weekend trips, but there was no easy way for their parents to pay for trips from the U.S.,” says Linda Wilson, financial systems and services manager.

Illinois institution uses Heartland OneCard to process dining and other financial transactions

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign processes approximately 543,000 point-of-sale transactions per month in its dining halls and on-campus restaurants for its 45,000 students. Visitors use a mix of dining plans and credit cards to pay for their meals. In January 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign implemented Heartland OneCard, now part of the TouchNet family of products. OneCard is an easy-to-manage POS system and dining solution that provides a robust API which enables integration with different systems across campus.

Jenzabar GPS provides an end-to-end student lifecycle platform to boost success at Idaho university

When leaders at Brigham Young University-Idaho searched for a student success solution in 2012, they could not find an end-to-end system that encompassed every step of the student lifecycle. In 2013, BYU-Idaho partnered with Excelsoft, a technology solutions provider, to custom-design a comprehensive product for the institution’s 44,844 students.

“We had the manager from each of the relevant departments working directly to develop the solution,” said Amy LaBaugh, vice president of student life at BYU-Idaho.

With SUBWAY®, students at a Michigan community college enjoy nutritious food as they study and socialize

Between classes, students at Jackson College, a community college located in southern Michigan, tend to gravitate to the Jets Hangar. The recently renovated student center serves as a gathering, studying and entertainment spot for the institution’s more than 7,000 residential and commuter students. The team at the college quickly realized a desirable dining option was necessary for the space.

In April 2015, the college turned to a local SUBWAY® franchisee, Bob Richardson, to inquire about opening a Subway restaurant at the Hangar.

Mediasite by Sonic Foundry addresses all capture and storage needs at the University of Florida

To say the University of Florida is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality video services to its faculty, staff and students is an understatement. Since 2004, the institution has used Mediasite products from Sonic Foundry to allow users to create, publish, share and manage videos.