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Readers' Choice Top Products

CampusTours builds video tours, photo-realistic interactive campus maps, mobile walking tours and custom, data-driven multimedia applications for colleges and universities. The program can also integrate student commentary throughout the experiences to help personalize an institution to visitors.

Year: 
2014

This higher ed assessment platform includes tools that assemble data with a full range of capabilities from student eportfolios to on-board analytics and strategic planning. Assignment-design tools help structure key assessments that address standards and outcomes.

Year: 
2014

The Sparkroom platform was designed to allow higher education enrollment marketers to automate, manage and optimize all student prospect inquiries on a single platform. Based on industry best practices, the Sparkroom platform offers web-based access to real-time data on marketing campaign performance, along with simplified vendor management, integration with CRM and SIS systems, and reporting and analytics.

Year: 
2014

peerTransfer processes tuition payments online for international students attending hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities. Aiming to offer the best currency exchange rates and a simple online experience, peerTransfer provides 24-hour customer service in multiple languages, via Skype, phone, email or instant messenger.

Reader Testimony: 
“peerTransfer has provided our university and our international students a cheaper and more effective way to electronically transmit their tuition payments. The conversion rate is guaranteed to be the best the student will receive in the industry. The transmission of the funds to our university includes all the necessary data to identify the student’s payment without the payment being shorted by hidden bank fees.” —Joyce Lampkin, assistant manager of student accounts, The College of William & Mary (Va.)
Year: 
2014

This web content management system for higher education provides web administrators with a personal dashboard to manage pages and monitor projects. OU Campus can be used to manage a school’s mobile site, course catalog, calendar and faculty directory. Users can integrate their individual pages with social media channels and create photo galleries.

Year: 
2014

Spectrum’s Enrollment Management Platform (EMP) is a cloud-based CRM marketing platform designed specifically for higher education admissions, enrollment and recruitment offices. EMP enhances counselor workflow with triggered to-do lists, notes, checklists and goals. Its microsites and its print, email, text and voice messaging functions can improve communication with prospective students.

Reader Testimony: 
“We use the EMP to manage personal, dynamic websites for prospective students and to drive integrated print and email pieces. It also serves as the database for admissions counselors to keep their notes. We generated a record number of applications and enrollments this year, thanks largely to this system.” —Keith Mock, vice president of enrollment management, Faulkner University (Ala.)
Year: 
2014

Chegg matches students with college and scholarship opportunities. Each student creates a profile on Chegg's network to actively request information from and/or be connected to best-fit schools. By connecting with inquiries and matches directly, admissions officers can recruit more efficiently.

Year: 
2014

Merit is a credentialing network that hundreds of educational, professional and social organizations use to collaboratively build verified public profiles for millions of students worldwide. Students’ Merit pages are a hub for educators and employers to build, exchange and discover meaningful and valuable credentials while promoting their own role in student success.

Reader Testimony: 
“I tell every higher education colleague who asks about hometown news services that they have to be using Merit—nothing else is as robust, efficient or valuable to our students. Merit continues to innovate and seek out new ways to help schools reach target audiences. The CEEB code feature is making a huge impact in our high school outreach—and we’re sure it will eventually translate to increased applications.” —Emily Summey, director of media relations and campus communications, Lebanon Valley College (Pa.)
Year: 
2014

Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students enrolled at qualifying schools. Office can be installed on up to five PCs, Macs or mobile devices, including on Windows tablets and iPads. Students can create reports and presentations with the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

Year: 
2014

This screen-recording software helps users create professional videos. Camtasia can record on-screen activity, such as PowerPoint presentations or video lectures, and then be used to customize and edit the recordings. Users can also add interactive elements, such as animations, and share videos with anyone, on nearly any device.

Year: 
2014

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