Campus Life

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College orientation: Making an impact

December, 2018
EXPLORATION, ADVENTURE OR OUTREACH?—Incoming freshmen at Hamilton College begin with a single day of traditional orientation sessions and then break into groups for a travel experience of their choice. Sometimes they are joined by President David Wippman. In 2017, he spent time with the Biking in the Mohawk Valley Exploration Group.

How five colleges and universities with innovative orientation approaches are striving to make an impact on engagement and persistence.

Keeping college students’ streaming habits private

December, 2018
Sean Brown, with years of experience in academic video production, is a consultant with Minneapolis-based Contegy Digital.

Higher ed institutions can help protect this highly sought data.

Shining a pilot light on beacon technology

December, 2018

Find out why most colleges are only experimenting—for now.

Beacons beckon on campus

December, 2018
A PERSONAL GUIDE—In the seven-story Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma, students can use the NavApp beacon application to get turn-by-turn navigation guidance in finding resources, service desks, study spaces and event locations. The app integrates with OU‘s campus life app.

Higher ed beacon initiatives have been mostly pilots, but the ways they’ve been received and adapted demonstrate the technology’s potential—from helping students navigate libraries to taking class attendance and more.

Beacon facts and campus potential

December, 2018
Here are beacon characteristics and high-potential higher ed uses.

Seven beacon characteristics and nine high-potential higher ed uses—from campus tours to class attendance.

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Training faculty is challenging. Get tips that encourage faculty to create interactive online courses.

A comment CIO Ravi Ravishanker consistently heard when Wellesley College hired him nine years ago was that the Massachusetts school needed a new ERP system. The 1,100 employees at the women’s liberal arts college wanted a cloud-based solution that anyone could use.

“Unfortunately, there weren’t many choices available at the time, so I renewed our current system to buy some time,” says Ravishanker.

12/13/2018

Students expect their higher education experience to be modern and digital, but for many institutions, core systems across campus still rely on paper-based, manual and siloed processes. By automating processes and modernizing workflows, institutions can improve the user experience while reducing costs and workload and improving efficiency.

A Kentucky university saw Cohort Default Rates plummet and financial literacy improve almost immediately after implementing two programs that take different, but related, approaches to student success.

At the end of 2013, the three colleges that now make up Sullivan University in Louisville had Cohort Default Rates of about 25 percent each. At the end of the 2018 school year—five years after partnering with Student Connections to implement Borrower Connect—these same schools had default rates from 13.5 percent to 15.4 percent.