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Institutions of all sizes are facing increased scrutiny of their student ID systems in light of recent security concerns. At the same time, budgets are tight for many colleges and universities, creating a number of common challenges when it comes to the business processes involved with issuing student IDs and maintaining an ID system.


Campus cards are a critical component of campus life, serving not only as a student’s identification, but also providing access to facilities, meals, disbursement funds, events and more, interconnecting the institution and the community. New technologies are continually expanding the capabilities of campus cards, including the physical form they take. Institutions have an ever-growing number of options for providing secure and convenient IDs to students, faculty, and staff.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was developed to encourage and enhance cardholder data security and to facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures globally.

EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) is a new international standard for payment cards which leverages a dynamic chip for more secure point-of-sale transactions. EMV is a proven means of fighting card-present fraud and has been in use around the world for some time, but is just beginning to enter U.S. payment processing systems, including those on college and university campuses. Processing EMV transactions will require new, certified point-of-sale devices, among other changes.

Proven reliability of contactless, more reasonable card costs, and equipment subjected to less wear and tear

When Quinnipiac University’s aging door readers had outlived their usefulness, Sandip Patel, financial systems specialist, and John Meriano, associate vice president for auxiliary services, knew they had reached a turning point with its QCard campus card system. 

The lock and key is going the way of the VCR. An electronic access control system is more convenient, efficient, and secure. Access control has become an indispensable part of an overall campus security plan.

  1. Unbiased student choice of where to bank. The bank account students begin at school may continue with them for decades. Such an important choice shouldn’t be skewed by which bank gave the school the most money. For financial aid disbursements, campuses should provide students a diverse set of disbursement options that clearly include the ability to use their own existing bank account and ability to choose to receive a check.

Perhaps more than any other market segment, the higher education industry has led the charge in payments cards with its multiple, campuswide applications and rapid adoption of innovative technologies.

With campus leaders looking to streamline operations and save resources, electronic payroll options are very appealing. The printing, envelope stuffing, and mailing costs associated with paper checks make them an administrative burden, says Anthony Peculic, senior director of product strategy at ADP.

As at most higher ed institutions, administrators at Barry University have made controlling or reducing costs a priority.

Founded in 1940, the private, Catholic, coed liberal arts institution has grown into one of the educational leaders in South Florida, with 2,747 full-time undergraduates and 3,748 graduate students.