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Often, student success efforts are focused primarily on retaining first-year students, but fail to continue supporting students throughout their college careers. At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the institution’s leadership wanted to take a broader approach to student success by developing a predictive model that would include upperclassmen. 

George Bruton, CEO/Founder, SkoolLive

How did you come up with the idea for SkoolLive? 

Students today have varying needs and expectations when it comes to banking as well as receiving funds like financial aid disbursements. And with the evolving needs of millennials it’s difficult to ensure all your students’ needs are being met, especially those who may not be able to or wish not to bank with traditional financial institutions.

Many institutions struggle with the consequences of using multiple IT platforms for managing operations across departments, such as IT Support, Admissions, HR, Marketing, Residence Life or Facilities. The results—dissatisfied students and faculty, miscommunication, redundancy and poor resource allocation among them—can negatively impact the institution in a variety of ways.

At the University of Trinidad and Tobago, recording lectures was once a cumbersome technology dance. From loaner cameras and SD cards to burning and distributing DVDs, the process was disconnected from the teaching and learning objectives and produced no measurable results. The university aligned its efforts by transitioning to an active flipped classroom.

The year was 2009 and Central Piedmont Community College was having trouble getting refunds and financial aid disbursements into the hands of students of the multi-campus school in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Online proctoring has taken off over the last 5 years. What are the main issues it attempts to solve? 

It’s really three things. First, and foremost, it’s trying to prevent students from cheating during an assessment. Second, it’s about protecting the exam content, so students can’t copy and share exam questions with others.

And third, it helps educators get a true snapshot of where students are in their learning. 

What percentage of students cheat during online exams?

The Jeanne Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety, as well as to inform the public of crime in or around campus. Revised and amended several times since its inception, compliance with the Clery Act requires careful and deliberate coordination among various campus officials and entities. The U.S.

Investing in a platform that can grow with your institution and support video in your LMS

Video has become a common tool in classroom instruction. And as new pedagogies such as the flipped classroom and student recordings join established uses such as lecture capture and event live streaming, the amount of video most institutions create and manage will only grow.

It’s no secret that text messaging is the preferred method of communication for today’s students over email, direct mail or phone calls; a recent study found that some 97 percent say they use texting as their primary form of communication, 73 percent say they want schools to text them, and nearly three quarters of prospective students want to text with admissions counselors. However, only 28 percent report being offered the option to text with their college or university. How should institutions address this gap by reaching students the way they prefer?

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