Thursday, June 22, 2017

Providence College Sees ‘Night and Day’ Improvement using LYNX SIS Interface

When Gina DeBernardo, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Services at Providence College, saw the announcement that CollegeNET had created the LYNX interface for Banner, she was quick to schedule a webinar for herself and members of the school’s IT department. The team was thrilled by the interface’s speed and simplicity, and they immediately signed up to try it within their own 25Live® setup. 

“We had a winter session coming up that had very few courses, so I used that to play around with LYNX,” says DeBernardo. “I loaded everything up in test, and it was just so simple. I mean, really, really simple. You know when something is so easy, you think you must be doing it wrong? That’s exactly how I felt.” 

After confirming with IT that everything had worked as expected, DeBernardo was able to move LYNX straight into production, importing the spring semester’s much larger set of courses. 

“I’m used to sitting and importing all the 1000-1500 spring courses over about three hours,” says DeBernardo. “With LYNX, I was done in less than five minutes. I was completely floored. You just select a semester, push it through, and poof—it’s done! It’s truly night and day.” 

DeBernardo also discovered how quickly and easily LYNX error reporting identifies any course that fails to upload properly. Just like LYNX data importing, this previously challenging task now takes mere minutes to complete.

“My time is now completely my own, and it’s a huge weight off my shoulders," says DeBernardo. "I can’t say it enough: it’s like night and day. For any data transfer task, it’s a matter of minutes now instead of hours.”

Learn more about 25Live Class and Event Scheduling System with LYNX SIS Interface here.

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 www.standout.com.

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
Endowment
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 www.socialmobilityindex.org.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Students Earn Scholarships totaling $2 Million for Participating in Online Discussions

CollegeNET.com, 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, CollegeNET.com 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 CollegeNET.com

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.