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Readers' Choice Top Products

Using economic principles and data, EMSI Analyst builds user-friendly services that help educational institutions create a better workforce and nurture strong local economies, businesses and graduates. Its comprehensive economic impact study details a college’s labor market outcomes and helps administrators articulate their impact
on the local economy.

Reader Testimony: 
“Our college relies heavily on EMSI Analyst to assist us in understanding the technical training needs of our region. Utilizing data to understand past, current and future occupation needs in our area precipitates decisions regarding the creation, expansion or suspension of technical programming that truly meets the needs of our business partners and local constituents. It’s an essential tool used for demonstrating need in the grant writing process.” —Amy Loy, institutional advancement-evaluation facilitator, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Year: 
2014

The Starfish platform’s Early Alert module allows institutions to detect at-risk students and intervene at the first sign of a problem. The Starfish Connect module features case management, appointment scheduling and communication tools to promote engagement and help students stay on track.

Year: 
2014

The CrashPlan PROe data backup system has no storage limits and functions in a public or private cloud. Using a single dashboard console, administrators can manage data backup for any number of users. CrashPlan PROe can also be operated via a mobile app on any iOS, Android, Windows phone or Kindle device.

Year: 
2014

This cloud-based software aids in the planning and managing of assessment processes, and can be used to demonstrate student achievement and institutional effectiveness. Taskstream offers custom workflow, data collection and reporting capabilities. Innovative tools to assess learning include electronic portfolios, rubric scoring, robust data analysis, field placement management and surveys.

Reader Testimony: 
“Taskstream has provided us with a campuswide assessment tool that is appropriate for our institutionwide accreditation, externally accredited programs, General Education assessment, and assessment of all noninstructional areas. Their team has been excellent to work with and knows their product well. Their approach is continually how can they help make our lives easier, not about how they can squeeze more money from us. ” —Scott Trimmer, academic technology services manager, The University of Findlay (Ohio)
Year: 
2014
UB Top Products

University Business is proud to announce this year’s Readers’ Choice Top Products. College and university leaders from across the country have nominated the products they are using to operate their institutions more efficiently and enhance students’ experiences.

Concourse is an online platform that allows users to organize, share and analyze higher ed course syllabi. Students can preview course objectives and requirements before they register. Instructors can instantly update assignments online and notify students via email and social media.

Reader Testimony: 
“This syllabus management system has dramatically increased our productivity as well as our ability to manage syllabus workflow within our university. Our business-type model takes advantage of templatizing syllabi, and we are able to track and maintain changes made to our syllabi over time.” —Mike Wilday, instructional technology lead, Azusa Pacific Online University, Calif.
Year: 
2013

Colleges and universities can use Enrollment Rx to manage marketing, recruitment, admissions and enrollment processes. The cloud-based CRM automates enrollment workflow and allows administrators to measure marketing, recruitment and admissions through dashboards, reports and analytics.

Reader Testimony: 
“The Enrollment Rx CRM will enable our admission department to work more effectively and efficiently to recruit students into our university. With streamlined functionality, the CRM will improve our ability to communicate with students and potentially target specific customer groups for enhanced communication.” —Tammi Burkhardt, project manager/business analyst, Marylhurst University, Ore.
Year: 
2013

TargetX’s student recruitment manager is a CRM tool that helps colleges manage, integrate, and automate the process of student recruitment—from the first point of contact through enrollment. It allows for two-way data exchange with student information systems. It also includes an online app, a campus visit scheduler and email, broadcasting and online chat tools.

Year: 
2013

This seat, made for large auditoriums, has a headrest and an embossed, steel seat pan with three-inch molded polyurethane foam and serpentine springs that creates a comfortable, shift-resistant seat cushion. Two independent, fully operational hinge mechanisms guarantee consistent, safe folding, without adjustment.

Year: 
2013

This lecture capture software simultaneously records and synchronizes video, audio, slides, document cameras, screen capture and electronic whiteboard content. Users can record formal lectures, campus events, classroom activities and informal presentations. The Panopto recorder runs on any laptop, as well as on many mobile devices.

Reader Testimony: 
“Bringing recording capability to 200 classrooms at Creighton University, Panopto has given us the ability to provide an easy to use and flexible lecture capture solution to professors and students campuswide. Also, we can record outside the classroom. This is a huge advantage, as professors can record video and connect with students from any location.” —Brent Saltzman, application administrator, division of information technology, Creighton University, Neb.
Year: 
2013

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