Monday, February 27, 2017

The Latest Schools to License the StandOut® Recruitment Network

Fairleigh Dickinson University
University of Wyoming
Widener University

The StandOut Recruitment Network is the career services system that provides students unique video interview and practice tools, and advising and counseling – anytime. Plus, direct connections and interviews with employers.

StandOut lets students be seen and heard -- rather than judged on their resumes alone.

Services include:

  • Practice video interviews
  • 24/7 video advising
  • Direct interviews and connections with employers
  • Interviews without appointment scheduling or traveling, any time of year

-- All at no cost to students or their schools.

“The online video interviewing platform is a great way to accomplish the goal of preparing students and alumni to succeed in the job interview process.” -- Dirk Welch, Director, Career Management Center and Testing Services at Midwestern State University
The StandOut Network boosts student employment outcomes, with:
  • Expanded job choices
  • Faster time to employment
  • More satisfying careers
  • Solid returns on the high investment in education
  • Stronger alumni loyalty
Employers benefit from StandOut, too:

Video interviews enable employers to see and hear far more candidates than they can through in-person interviews.

Learn more about how StandOut can help you improve student success on your campus at

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Clever Use of What•Do•You•Think? Reports and Surveys Garners High Response Rates for the University of Nevada, Reno

After instituting the What•Do•You•Think?® system campus wide, administrators at the University of Nevada, Reno were faced with the challenge of how to encourage student participation and achieve higher response rates across the University’s many colleges and departments.

Using What•Do•You•Think? response rate reports, Dr. Russell Stone, Assistant Vice Provost, University Assessment and Accreditation, was able to identify faculty who achieved an 85 percent or higher evaluation response rate in their classes of 20 or more students. These faculty members became known as The 85 Percent Club and were entered into a raffle for premium parking passes. (“As you know,” says Stone, “in most institutions in America, those parking passes are worth their weight in gold!”) Suddenly, faculty across campus had an incentive to engage in the new online process and, in turn, encouraged their students to participate in their course evaluations. Participating students, likewise, were entered into raffles to receive items such as Starbucks
® gift cards and popular items from the University bookstore.

As more faculty entered the 85 Percent Club, Stone used the What•Do•You•Think? all-purpose surveys to invite Club members to share their suggestions and the strategies they used to achieve high course evaluation response rates.

Stone also used the What•Do•You•Think? all-purpose surveys to collect feedback from teaching faculty on a regular basis and, in essence, evaluate the evaluations. Stone believes that maintaining a dialogue with faculty has helped to make the implementation of What•Do•You•Think? across campus a success. “It helps the faculty know they’re an important part of the process,” he says.

Learn more about the What•Do•You•Think? Course Evaluation and Survey System here.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bernard M. Baruch College, Rowan University and Several Others Maintain Top Rankings, despite Declining Economic Opportunities in U.S. Higher Education

The 2016 Social Mobility Index (SMI) – a measurement of US higher education’s commitment to growing success and opportunity for economically disadvantaged students – has identified several consistently high-ranking institutions, based on their success at admitting economically disadvantaged students and ensuring their graduation and transition to well-paying jobs. Institutions that have remained at or near the top since the SMI began analyzing data in 2014 include CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College, which ranked number-one in 2015 and 2016, and Rowan University in New Jersey, the only institution to be ranked in one of the top three slots all three years.

"We have a campus-wide ethos related to quality, access, affordability and serving as a regional economic engine," says Dr. Rory McElwee, Associate Vice President for Student Retention at Rowan University. "These are our four strategic pillars, and they reinforce our student success mindset. We don’t have a sink-or-swim mentality. And we have many support structures in place so students can reach their full potential. We understand the impact that higher education can have when it comes to social mobility."

While many institutions either made no SMI gains or slipped in rankings over three years, others showed marked improvement. Webster University in Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University and Granite State College in New Hampshire all showed significant gains in economic inclusion.

Among other notable findings were that almost every one of the top 60 SMI slots is occupied by a public institution; the California state system represents nearly 50 percent of the top 20 rankings over the past three years; and the New York state system holds about 20 percent of the top slots.

The SMI ranks schools according to five variables:
Published tuition
Percentage of student body from families below the US median income
Graduation rate of low-income students
Reported salary after graduation for low-income students

For more information about the SMI and the 2016 SMI rankings, visit

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Students Earn Scholarships totaling $2 Million for Participating in Online Discussions, the online forum that awards weekly scholarships based on students’ participation, has now given more than $2 million towards college tuition and loan repayment. 

Students searching for scholarship opportunities soon discover additional benefits this online student community offers. According to one scholarship winner: 
“I don't see how a scholarship could get any better: I'm given the opportunity to discuss things with people from all over while potentially getting some of my college tuition paid off!! How much cooler does it get?!  
I also must say, with complete honesty, that CollegeNET has really opened my eyes to different people's opinions about things. I'm from a small farming town where almost everyone's views are the same. It's like a whole new world on here! There's so many viewpoints I never even knew existed!"
Established in 2007 as the first truly democratic scholarship process, allows students to earn points for creating and contributing to discussions, and vote for the forums they consider most interesting. Five scholarships are awarded each week to the participants who have accumulated the greatest number of combined points and votes. 

Read current student forums on

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

North Idaho College Moves to SaaS Scheduling System -- Improves Efficiency and Campus Security, Reduces Energy Use, and Saves Money

North Idaho College recently migrated its 25Live course and event scheduling a hosted (SaaS) system. The school reports that the SaaS service keeps them current with the latest 25Live version and saves them money.

According to Tammy Robertson, Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer at North Idaho:
“Before, when we were maintaining the system on our campus servers, we didn’t have administrative time to stay current with upgrades. Now that we’ve moved to SaaS, we’re always current with the latest version, and we’re saving so much administrative time that the hosted system actually costs us less.”
25Live SaaS has improved North Idaho’s institutional optimization, maintenance efficiency and security. Now, executive leaders can identify scheduling inefficiencies and make improvements. They can identify which rooms are sitting empty, for example, and adjust HVAC scheduling to reduce energy consumption and save money.
“The system is very intuitive and user friendly,” Tammy reports. “We can have as many users as we want. Service providers and facilities staff can get reports for HVAC and check for maintenance needs. Security can run reports and see which rooms are occupied at any specific time.  It helps all departments do their jobs and improves security for students.”
Read more about CollegeNET's SaaS scheduling systems here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Clemson Grows Application Completion Rate and Reduces Administrative Time with the Prospect Relationship Management and Recruiting System

Clemson University Graduate Admissions reports that it has significantly improved recruitment communication efficiency and effectiveness, thanks to Prospect, the online relationship management system from CollegeNET.

According to Kathleen Costello, Clemson’s Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment:
 “Prospect definitely helps us follow up on prospective students in a way we never could before. Now that communication is automated, we’re keeping closer contact with students and spending much less administrative time. Instead of one or two emails, each prospect now gets four or five over a few months, and the messages automatically change as the student’s status changes. We can even send out automated surveys to find out why a student hasn’t completed their application, and then follow up with the help they need.”
Learn more about Prospect Relationship Management and Recruiting, and other CollegeNET admissions systems here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Indiana Wesleyan University Finds SaaS Integration to Colleague Seamless and Beautiful!

Indiana Wesleyan University, a CollegeNET Series25® customer for the past 10 years, made the move to 25Live® a few years back, and then moved everything to the SaaS platform last year.

Lori Haisley, Events and Scheduling Coordinator at Indiana Wesleyan, comments:
"This is my first full semester vCal load since our migration from DBCS to SaaS, and it was BEAUTIFUL and seamless ...this has been the best vCal Colleague/25Live(r25) transfer semester in the five years I have been working with this system! KUDOS!"
Learn more about Series25 SaaS here.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why Switch to SaaS? Read what these Customers have to Say…

We recently overheard this conversation on the CollegeNET customer listserv, and thought it provided useful insights for anyone considering moving their campus scheduling to CollegeNET SaaS.
Central Washington University asks:
"We are currently using 25Live as a DBCS school and are considering moving to SaaS. Has anyone upgraded from being a DBCS environment to SaaS? I would love to know any pros and cons of doing this upgrade.”
     - Amy Alder, Academic Scheduling Supervisor, Central Washington University
Response #1 from UMASS, Boston:
“Hi Amy, A primary reason to choose SaaS is it gives the vendor a controlled environment allowing it to really hone in on the best technology. For CollegeNET in particular, SaaS right now offers you the new asynchronous SIS interface that runs circles around the one DBCS customers have.  Plus, additional releases are yours at no cost -- either monetary or time or staff.  All the upgrade tasks go away. We went from "DBCS" to SaaS in the R25 world and found it to be a world of difference.”
     – Robert Caron, Senior Business Systems Analyst, University of Massachusetts
Response #2 from Northwestern University:
“Hi Amy- I'll chime in. I believe all of us old timers made the transition from DBCS to SaaS at some point. I'm very strongly in favor of SaaS. Since 25Live is a web based product, it makes more sense for it to be handled that way. I've found that DBCS schools often aren't upgrading at a pace remotely close to what SaaS if offering. It isn't their fault. I remember being DBCS and I understand you're at the mercy of your school's IT department and the million other products they're trying to maintain. However, for a software like 25Live, that can put you behind the curve. For example, sometimes on the listserv I see schools complain about 25Live being slow. Then they say they're on version 23.  Version 23 was released in May 2013. Could you imagine using a browser like Chrome or Firefox if it hadn't been updated since 2013? For a web software, SaaS just makes better sense.”  
     – Dustin Levell, Business Systems Analyst, Northwestern University
Response #3 from Millikin University:
“I concur with Dustin; we went from R25 DBCS to 25Live SAAS, and for the most part, it's been a good decision. There have been some small hiccups along the way, but it's quite nice to be able to delegate issues from upgrades along to the support folks, rather than having to do a ton of research on our own and passing details back ;)

“There have been some things that we can't do now since we don't have direct database access, but that's and to break out my webservices API developer hat to build that integration, and I must say that they do have a very nice full-featured API available. The whole prod vs test setup is awesome as well - when we need a clone, we just shoot off an email, and usually within 30 minutes, test == production. No more bugging my DBA coworker one desk over for a time slot to do a db clone on top of the 50,000 other things on his plate.

“It's also nice to be able to tell the "advanced functional" users that when they have problems, just email ‘asktrainers.’ That way we don't have to act as intermediaries in between the CNet staff and our staff - they can talk things out in the language they understand, rather than me trying to act as a translator or relay host. And when I'm in one of my 50,000 meetings, or deep in another project, it doesn't slow them down because I'm not available to put a ticket in.

“And, I don't put off upgrades for fear of what will break anymore. They handle it, and I don't have to deal with it :)” 

     – Chris Myers, Systems Analyst, Millikin University
Response #4 from University of Central Missouri:
“University of Central Missouri made the transition to SaaS two years ago, so I have experience with both. We have realized a direct monetary savings as the server which formerly hosted our R25 3.4 instance was re-purposed and our IT staff has been able to invest their time on other projects. I would absolutely encourage you to strongly consider SaaS.”
     – Daniel Ayers, Event Technology Manager, University of Central Missouri
Learn more about CollegeNET SaaS services here

Monday, June 6, 2016

University of Virginia Gives the new 25Live Mobile Scheduling Rave Reviews

University of Virginia was one of the first schools to test the new 25Live® Mobile event scheduling tool, and it passed with flying colors.  The new Mobile tool makes the space request process simple and easy,” says John Moore, UVA Systems Administrator.  “A requester can quickly pull up a list of rooms for a specific date and time and immediately see their reservation options. And they can use the pop-up help messages to immediately resolve any scheduling conflicts they may encounter.”

John predicts students will especially appreciate being able to reserve event space from their phones, and he’s looking forward to making the product available for them to use starting this summer.

The new 25Live Mobile feature includes:
  • Responsive Design
             -Automatically fits to any size screen on a variety of browsers and devices
             -Accesses your customized images and colors from the main 25Live application
  • Faster Location, Event and Resource Searches
  • Easy to View Event, Location and Resource Details
  • Simpler Event Creation – Complete all Fields on one Convenient Screen
  • Quick Task Viewing and Completion on the Go

25Live Mobile is available as a free upgrade to 25Live customers.  Get more information about the web-based 25Live class and event scheduling system here

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 CollegeNET User Conference Line Up!

Below is a sampling of the engaging customer presentations that will be on tap at this year's conference.  Come hear how other institutions have creatively addressed their institutional challenges using CollegeNET products and services. We hope to see you here in July!


Clemson & KU - To Trigger or not to Trigger
Emory University - Expanding the Reach of Admissions Infrastructure
Kansas State University - Efficiently Managing & Processing Int'l Applications
U Michigan, Medical School - Integrating with AMCAS
University of Pennsylvania - iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Integration
Standford University - Why Admissions Offices Should Worry about FERPA


Lane Community College - 3rd Party Integrations using Webservices
Cal Poly State University - Implementation Dos and Don'ts
Montclair State University - OrgSync Integration with 25Live®
University of Maryland, BC - Digital Signage Implementation
Coastal Carolina University - Student Event Scheduling
Northwestern University - Basic Reports:  What to Expect
University of Pittsburgh - Scheduling Final Exams in Campus Solutions

The User Conference is July 17-20.  Register today!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Latest Institutions to License Admissions Systems from CollegeNET

Adams State University
Northwestern University Grad School

University for the Arts
University of Florida

Albany Medical College
Syracuse University Grad School

Sinclair Community College
Winthrop University Grad School

Washburn University
Western Washington State University

These institutions have chosen CollegeNET’s integrated electronic admissions and recruiting systems to improve efficiency, reduce administrative time and paper consumption, and improve the application experience for students. ApplyWeb® application processing, evaluation, and CRM systems help you target and stay connected with your prospects, from first contact through decision -- a powerful way to maximize yield.

Get more information about CollegeNET’s comprehensive admissions solution here

Monday, March 7, 2016

Latest Schools to Upgrade to 25Live

Kirkwood Community College
Vanguard University of Southern California

Gwinnett Technical College
Bucks County Community College

Florida Gulf Coast University
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Syracuse University
Eastern Washington University

Upgrading to the 25Live® all-in-one scheduling system makes course and event scheduling, resource  management, and campus-wide calendaring easier and more efficient. CollegeNET technology assures schools the highest level of security and maintenance-free service.

Learn more about CollegeNET Scheduling, Calendaring, and Event Management systems.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Western Wyoming Community College Reports Major Improvements to their Events Scheduling Process

Western Wyoming Community College has been using CollegeNET’s 25Live® course and event scheduling system for about a year, and has significantly increased administrative efficiency as well as user satisfaction.

According to Britney Lewis, Welcome and Facility Scheduling Assistant at WWCC, “25Live enables users to directly input exactly what they need for their events, whether it’s a specific resource or a setup requirement. Now that they can easily communicate the details of their events, they’re more invested in the process. This has greatly reduced the need for us to follow up for additional information. The process that used to require my sending six or more emails just to get details for each event, is now accomplished in one task in 25Live.” 

Britney says, “Now that I can simply review and approve events as they come in, instead of actually building each event, myself, the system saves me a tremendous amount of time.”

Learn more about CollegeNET Scheduling, Calendaring, and Event Management systems.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CollegeNET Summer User Conference Registration is Now Open

Every summer CollegeNET software users gather in beautiful Portland, Oregon, for three days of seminars, workshops, and Q&A sessions. The User Conference gives academic schedulers, event planners, admissions and recruiting managers, and other administrative professionals a rare opportunity to catch up with colleagues from around the country and get up-to-speed on the latest technology for their schools. This year CollegeNET welcomes attendees with hosted receptions, evening entertainment, and tours of the region’s cultural and scenic attractions. Register before May 20 to take advantage of the discounted rate.

The Details:
Conference Dates:  July 17-20, 2016
Location:  Portland Hilton & Executive Tower, Portland, OR
Cost:  $450 Early Bird / $550 Regular
Early Bird Deadline: May 20, 2016

For conference schedules and registration, go here:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Series25 Midwest Regional User Conference 2016

Come share and learn from other Series25/25Live users from institutions around the Midwest. There will be presentations, demos, and panel discussions. If you’re an event scheduler, academic scheduler, functional administrator, webmaster or technical administrator, this is an excellent opportunity to see how your peers are using the software’s products and features.

Registration is open for the Series25 Midwest Regional User Conference at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois February 11 - 12, 2016. On-site housing is also available, please add housing to your conference registration if you'd like to stay in our Wabash building during the conference.

Conference Website:

February 11 - 12, 2016
Conference starts at 8:00 a.m

Wabash Building Room 418
Roosevelt University
425 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Stories From the Road: Where Am I?

That is a question I often have when trying to find a school or hotel, particularly when the map or GPS is not being helpful [a couple of years ago the GPS took me to a bridge that was closed because of flooding and offered no alternative route].  But occasionally the need for location information doesn’t involve going someplace, but rather staying put and out of harm’s way.

Several times I’ve been in a hotel room in the evening, watching sports [well, actually, bad TV] and the program will be interrupted with an emergency notice about a storm/rain/flooding/blizzard/tornado … take your pick.  The problem is, those notices usually include a map and the name of the county, but not the city and nothing on the map to give clues as to where things are really happening.

To someone in a hotel a thousand miles from home, a warning such as “the SW corner of XYZ county is due for record rainfall and flash flooding, and is under tornado watch until 8:00am” is not much help.  I need specifics.  Do I get under the bed or just go sleep on it?  Head for the hills or stay put? Usually I just close the drapes and pretend nothing is happening, if the storm wakes me, then I’ll deal with it then.

That has worked fine thus far, the only mishap was waking to a flooded parking lot, some cars up to the bottom of the doors, but as fate would have it, my car was in the upper lot and fine and I left without incident.  Always an adventure, finding where I am and where I should be, in life as well as on the road.  Where to next?

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
As CollegeNET's ambassador and VP of Client Relations, James travels the globe visiting with customers, gathering inputs and bringing it all back to CollegeNET so we can improve our products and services in ways that are meaningful to youIf you'd like his next stop to be your institution, please let your account manager know!  Just be sure you give really specific directions to your campus! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Stories from the Road: To the Moon and Back. Twice.

Earlier this year my Delta flight took me from PDX to JFK, and somewhere in route I crossed the 1,000,000 flight mile mark.  Or, 2,000 hours.  Or, 84 days.  At 36,000 feet.  Sometimes it can be fun, sometimes not so much.  But it is always an adventure: before, during, and after the flights there are things to experience and people to meet that I would not otherwise encounter.

I will admit that I sometimes long for those days of past elegance in travel, where a flight was a journey and people dressed for the occasion, the anticipation palpable, before air travel became common place, and pajamas acceptable attire.  But on the plane, looking out the window, I am always amazed.  Amazed, first, that the whole, massive, contraption even gets airborne.  Then, amazed at the view above the clouds and the earth so far below.  And finally, I’m amazed that I get to see that view regularly, one that has only been possible in the recent past, and even now, only for a few of us among the billions on the planet.  Amazed and blessed to have this adventure as a regular part of my job.  So next time you fly, ignore the pajamas and take a moment and look, really look, at that view.  You’ll be amazed too.

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
James spends much of his time on the road as an ambassador for CollegeNET.  He travels the globe visiting with customers and gathering their inputs to bring back to the home officeIf you'd like to have James visit your campus to learn about your CollegeNET implementation, please let your account manager know!  He's out there folks!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Latest Schools to License CollegeNET Series25 Products

Boston University
Yale University

Concordia College- New York
South Piedmont CC

Contra Costa CC District
Atlantic Cape CC

Widener University
Linfield College

Only Series25® Systems Give You All This, and More:
    - SaaS and local deployment options (with no outsourcing to third-party providers)
    - Complete academic and event scheduling, including management of resources and event details
    - Bi-directional integration to all student information systems
    - Master calendaring
    - Native event registration and payment processing

More about Series25 here

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Schools are Moving to Series25 SaaS for Improved Application Performance and Reduced IT Overhead

The following institutions have recently moved their Series25® deployment from on premises to CollegeNET SaaS:

Carroll Community College
Frederick Community College

Amarillo College
San Bernardino CC District

Clemson University
University of Redlands

Victor Valley College
Macy's Merchandising

Notre Dame of Maryland
Dutchess Community College

Towson University
Burlington County College

Northeastern University
Northeastern Illinois University

Schools continue to migrate to Series25 SaaS for maintenance-free, secure service.  SaaS from CollegeNET streamlines the deployment process, reduces IT burden, and optimizes application performance.

Learn more about how SaaS from CollegeNET can enhance your Series25 implementation here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Latest Schools to Go Live with Series25

Seton Hall Unviersity
University of Winnipeg

CSU East Bay
University of Alaska Anchorage

Salem State University
Concordia University, Irvine

Virginia Tech
Fuller Theological Seminary

Northeastern University
Portland CC District 

Pitt Community College
Onondaga CC

University of South Carolina
Burlington County College

University of Virginia
Montclair State U

The Series25® scheduling system from CollegeNET provides optimized course and event scheduling, calendar publishing and space use analytics.  Series25 is available as a SaaS or on premises solution, only from CollegeNET. 

Get more information about CollegeNET Series25 Here

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Latest Schools to Upgrade to 25Live

Florida Polytechnic University
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Muhlenberg College
Towson University

Cal Poly SLO
UNC Charlotte

Millikin University
Community College of Rhode Island

Eastern Michigan University
Widener University

Burlington County College
Franklin University

Gaston College
University of Redlands

Aurora University
Brookdale Community College

Wor-Wic Community College
The Catholic University of America

Cuesta College
Benedictine University

Upgrading to the 25Live® all-in-one scheduling system makes course and event scheduling, resource  management, and campus-wide calendaring easier and more efficient.  25Live also includes e-commerce features to manage event registration, ticket and merchandise sales, and event accounting online. CollegeNET technology assures schools the highest level of security and maintenance-free service.

Learn more about CollegeNET Scheduling, Calendaring, and Event Management systems.

The Latest Institutions to License ApplyWeb Admissions Systems from CollegeNET

Portland State University
Radford University

University of Houston
Lehigh University

University of Michigan 
Washington University St. Louis

Miami University-Oxford
Richland College

Wilberforce University
Oaks Christian School

University of Hartford
Idaho State University

Boston University
Edinboro University Grad School

Tulane University
Northern Illinois University Grad School

These institutions have chosen CollegeNET’s integrated electronic admissions and recruiting systems to improve efficiency, reduce administrative time and paper consumption, and improve the application experience for students and prospects.  CollegeNET’s  ApplyWeb® admission application processing, evaluation, and CRM systems also maximize yield and retention because they enable schools to more successfully target students and stay connected with them throughout the entire admissions and decision process.

Get more information about CollegeNET’s ApplyWeb® Systems here

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Graduate Admissions Cuts Application Review Time by More than a Month!

University of Tennessee, Knoxville recently selected CollegeNET’s Admit application evaluation system to replace their paper review process. The new system has not only helped the school’s Graduate Admissions centralize and streamline their entire application processing and decision process, it has also saved a lot of administrative time.

According to Yvonne Kilpatrick, Assistant Dean and Director for Graduate Admissions at University of Tennessee,

"[Using Admit] we have reduced the time to review applications for admissibility to the Graduate School by at least five weeks during the peak season."

In addition to saving time, UT Grad’s switch to Admit has made the evaluation process simpler and more convenient for the review committee. In fact, the system appears to have won over even the most ardent skeptics: One mathematics faculty member who had formerly refused to look at anything but paper ultimately chose to use Admit exclusively.

One of the big advantages of the Admit system is Admit Reader, which allows authorized faculty to review and evaluate applications on their mobile devices, anytime, anywhere.

To learn about Admit’s many other exciting features, contact us!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Latest Technology for Higher Ed Revealed at CollegeNET User Conference

Nearly 500 college administrators and staff from across the country gathered in Portland for CollegeNET’s annual User Conference in July. Customers attended three days of workshops and seminars and enjoyed a variety of receptions, food and entertainment.  Demonstrations of CollegeNET’s new surveys and self-assessment technology, and new video interview and career placement services were among the variety of seminars and workshops offered. Customer presentations gave attendees an opportunity to learn from the experiences of colleagues and get helpful advice.  Each year, in addition to the informative sessions, CollegeNET treats conference goers to the sights and culture of the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a variety of tours, activities and local entertainment.

Comments from this year’s attendees included:

“Love the conference every year!”

“Great food, great networking opportunities, good information and availability of staff support and connecting with the people behind the scenes.”

“Very thoughtful and generous events. Enjoyed the hospitality.”

“CollegeNET staff is absolutely amazing. As a first timer I thoroughly enjoyed all of the session interactions with them, as well as the fun out of session times with staff. I truly appreciated their excitement and enthusiasm.”

Mark your calendar!  The next CollegeNET User Conference is July 17-20, 2016.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

University of Iowa Athletics Department Boosts Results with Online Surveys

University of Iowa Athletics Department replaced their paper survey process with the What.Do.You.Think? online evaluation and survey system from CollegeNET. The new system not only eliminated paper consumption, it also yielded more useful data and faster analysis. Using What.Do.You.Think? gives the University customizable online forms they can use for any data gathering purpose.

According to UI Associate Athletics Director Fred Mims, “Using CollegeNET to offer an online version of our student-athlete year-end survey provided several benefits: Our student-athletes had the flexibility to access and complete the survey at a time convenient to them. Their anonymity was protected, giving them the freedom to be as candid as possible. We were able to immediately compile and assess results for timely review.”

Before piloting the online surveys with the Athtletics Department, University of Iowa began using What.Do.You.Think? campus wide last year for term course evaluations.  According to Annette Beck, Director of Enterprise Instructional Technology and Evaluation & Exam Service, “What.Do.You.Think? surveys and reporting features allow us to archive data and see trends over several years, so we can help faculty see where they’re doing well and where they need guidance. We couldn’t do this kind of analysis with our old system.”

Learn how What.Do.You.Think? can improve data gathering and analysis at your school here

Monday, August 3, 2015

University of Michigan Medical School Streamlines Online Admissions Process Using New AMCAS Import from CollegeNET

University of Michigan Medical School's online application system now seamlessly integrates with the Admit application evaluation system, providing one streamlined admissions process, from submission through evaluation and decision. The University worked with CollegeNET on new technology that automatically imports AMCAS application data directly into Admit.

Combined with this new AMCAS integration, CollegeNET’s ability to collect supplemental forms ensures that all application data is captured in a single system.  According to Sandra Davis, Business Analyst at University of Michigan, “Admit’s flexible permissions settings and high degree of configurability allow administrators to control access to specific data elements and customize the presentation of applicant information based on each individual evaluator’s need.”  The end result is that all evaluators can efficiently review just the applicant data they need to see while still recording their comments and scores in one centralized location for easy comparison.

Thanks to Admit Reader mobile compatibility, authorized staff can also review and score applications on their smart phones and tablets—anywhere, anytime.

Contact Sales to learn how Admit/AMCAS integration can streamline admissions for your medical school.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Colleges and Universities Overwhelmingly Choose CollegeNET’s SaaS Scheduling System

Over the past year, 100 percent of new licensees of CollegeNET’s  Series25®  institution wide scheduling and calendaring system have chosen the SaaS option, including these institutions:

Penn State University
CSU San Bernardino

Miami-Dade College
Hillsborough Community College

Pepperdine University
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

St Bonaventure University
Heartland Community College

Manhattan College
Yuba College

Find out why over 275 institutions have already chosen CollegeNET’s SaaS deployment model.  Our native SaaS platform benefits your institution by conserving precious IT resources, speeding time to go-live, improving application performance, and ensuring that the most current version of the solution is always available. 

Contact CollegeNET Sales to Learn More

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Virginia Tech Posts Record Year in Applications for Admission

According to a recent report from the Collegiate Times, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University achieved an eight percent jump in total admissions applications, from nearly 21,000 to 22,500.  Mildred Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, believes that Virginia Tech's "personalized attention in the admissions process," accounts in part for the increase.  

Virginia Tech uses CollegeNET as their online application providerAccording to Mildred, CollegeNET's ApplyWeb® admission system facilitates Virginia Tech's holistic, highly personalized approach because of its scalable, SaaS platform which easily manages surges in application volume without compromising quality of service to applicants.

Learn more about how CollegeNET's admissions systems can improve the applicant experience and facilitate growth in the admissions program at your institution here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Latest Schools to Go Live with Intelligent Connections Applicant Portals

St. Louis University

Worcester State U
Lehigh University

Western Washington U
University of Penn, Wharton

Montana State U
University of Penn, Grad

Univ of Oklahoma
University of Houston

These institutions have chosen CollegeNET’s Applicant Portals  to improve efficiency, reduce administrative time, and improve the application experience for students.  CollegeNET’s Intelligent Connections® Applicant Portals help your institution stay connected with applicants throughout the entire admissions and decision process, facilitating higher completion rates and better overall yield on your admissions recruitment efforts. 

Get more information about CollegeNET Admissions Systems Here

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Early Customer Reports Reveal HUGE Performance Improvements With New vCal Import Process

Here are just a handful of the comments we have received from customers who are using the recently refactored vCal Import process:

"REMARKABLE! I cleared a prior term from R25 in preparation for batch exporting it again.  As such, it had all its room assignments already in our PeopleSoft test system. What usually takes several hours did not. I started the batch export process at 12:27PM and it finished at 12:45PM (18 minutes) exporting 2,271 classes. Since I could not believe it, I cleared the term again (which took 56 minutes) and re-ran the batch export at night from home.  Again, it ran in 18 minutes, representing a 90%+ time reduction.  Bravo for allowing us to assign resources. Double Bravo for allowing event type changes."
-- Bob Caron, UMASS Boston

"I just ran a batch download for fall into test. 2043 sections loaded in about 17 minutes. It used to take 5 hours or more. Hurray! Thank you!"
-- Tammy Miller, University of Idaho

"I just had to share how great I think it is that the meeting pattern now appears as part of the reservation. This saves me a ton of time researching issues with placements in the Optimizer…
Nice enhancement to go along with the lightning fast transactional processing… You guys are AWESOME!"
-- Steve Reed, Ball State University

"These are the results of the 201508 Batch Export:
       Interface started on 2015-02-11 at 08:44:03:67
       Batch Download completed 09:11:22:654 Number of classes: 4359……………… 27 minutes!!!!
This is fantastic!"
-- Vandy Travelstead, Clemson University

"It is *ridiculously* fast. The old way took 5.5 hours; the new way took about 30 minutes."
-- Monika Schwartz, Duquesne University

If you have a vCal performance story you'd like to share with us, or have a suggestion for where we can make additional improvements, please let us hear from you.  CollegeNET is paying attention and working hard to provide you with the best possible user experience.  Let us know what matters to you so we can make it happen!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Come See What Your Peers Are Up To at the CollegeNET User Conference!

Below is just a sampling of the engaging customer presentations that will be on tap at this year's annual CollegeNET User Conference.  Come hear how other institutions have creatively addressed their institutional challenges using CollegeNET products and services. We hope to see you here in July!


University of Kansas - Prospect CRM Implementation
Washington State University - Multi-Campus Implementation of Prospect CRM
Lehigh University - Implementing CollegeNET Admissions Systems
University of Kansas - Implementing Admit for Grad Funding 
Miami University of Ohio - Using Prospect CRM for Graduate Assistantship Nomination


College of Lake County - Integrating Catering into 25Live®
Missouri State University - Implementing 25Live for Energy Efficient Scheduling
East Carolina University - Final Exam Scheduling in 25Live
Loyola Marymount University - Streamlining Facilities Management in 25Live
UT San Antonio - Creating 25Live Custom Reports with Webservices
CSU San Marcos - Implementing 25Live Publisher Across Campus
UMASS Boston - Creating X25® Parameters and Reports
Florida Southwestern SC - Room Assignment Optimization with Schedule25®

The User Conference  is July 12-15.  Please register Here!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Stories from the Road: Golf Carts!

Often when I’m visiting a campus I see golf carts in use … by the facilities folks, security, general transportation around campus.  Oh, and occasionally on an actual golf course that is a part of the school.

At Furman University in South Carolina golf carts are used to give tours by the admission staff, but with a twist.  The roof of each cart is actually a solar battery so the carts are powered by the sun!  New technology requires new habits, though, and soon after the carts arrived, they started running out of ‘gas’ while on tour.  It didn't take long to figure out that the cause was the garage--- no sun,  no power!

In order to keep the carts charged and ready to roll, the admissions staff are now keeping the carts right at the curb outside their building.  Way to go Paladins for going green!

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
Note:  If you'd like to have James visit your campus to learn about your CollegeNET implementation, or explore campus in alternative forms of transportation, please let your account manager know!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Stories from the Road: Live Catfish

I recently attended the ALLIANCE conference, this year held in Music City . . . Nashville, Tennessee.  The conference was well attended and informative, and the hotel was huge and amazing.  But what caught my eye was a BBQ restaurant that I passed daily on the drive from the convention center to the hotel.

Now I love me some BBQ, and was going to stop in for lunch, until I saw a sign out front that read “Come on in and see the LIVE Catfish”.  Catfish, live or otherwise, are not a draw for me, but especially in a BBQ joint where I have brisket and macaroni and cheese on my mind.  Perhaps I was not the target market for this advertising ploy, because I opted to drive on down the road to a different restaurant to find my brisket glory.  BBQ?  Yes, please.  Live catfish, well, no thank you.

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
Note:  If you'd like to have James visit your campus to learn about your CollegeNET implementation, or to experience the regional culinary traditions, please let your account manager know!  He's game for (almost) anything!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stories from the Road: Good Golly, Miss Molly!

When driving to visit our clients I try to stay very focused on the GPS and my printed directions; I am easily distracted and can quickly end up lost if I don’t pay attention.  That means that sometimes I miss cool things along the way because I am concentrating on not getting lost!

On a recent visit to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, I made it to campus without incident and had a great meeting.  On the way out of the campus I looked up at the street signs at the intersection and saw that in one direction the street was named “Mercer University Drive” but in the other direction it was “Little Richard Penniman Blvd”.  Good golly!  I about missed a street named for iconic rocker, and Macon native son, Little Richard.

I found a Little Richard station on Pandora and continued my Georgia drive to some amazing music from this 82 year old pioneer of rock and roll.  Don’t forget to enjoy the journey, sometimes it is more fun than the destination.

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
Note:  If you'd like to have James visit your campus to learn about your CollegeNET implementation, or swap trivia stories about local rock 'n roll heros, please let your account manager know!