Wednesday, April 29, 2015

University of Kansas Graduate School Boosts Application Numbers and Diversity Efforts with Help from the Prospect Recruiting and Communications system from CollegeNET

Before the University of Kansas began using the Prospect Recruiting and Relationship Management system for Graduate admissions, each graduate program managed its own communications, allowing no process for centralized tracking of recruitment efforts. After integrating the Prospect system with the school’s Admit application evaluation system, the admissions office can now track the activity of each applicant, from initial inquiry through matriculation, and use automated communication tools to encourage prospects to complete their applications. Now, the school can prepopulate application forms with student data, including fee waiver codes, to facilitate the process.  KU Grad is also using the system’s robust reporting features to evaluate and improve diversity efforts and other recruiting practices. 

“Our professional campus, which piloted Prospect before it was rolled out to all graduate programs, has seen roughly a 16% increase in applications compared to this point in the cycle two years ago. The system definitely puts a friendly and more professional face on our communications, and it allows programs to evaluate each step of their recruitment efforts.”  – Amanda Ostreko, Director of Graduate Enrollment, University of Kansas

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scholarship Site Rewards Students for Participating in Online Forums – Builds communication skills while leveling the playing field, the popular online forum and scholarship competition for students, has awarded more than $1.7 million in college scholarships to date.

All currently enrolled college students and recent graduates are eligible to compete for weekly scholarships toward tuition or repayment of student loans. Scholarships are awarded based on points earned for participation and a peer voting system.

Here’s what one scholarship winner had to say about her experience on

“CollegeNET has been great! I love being able to discuss anything with other people, and I only have to go on the forums that really interest me, which is different from a lot of other online scholarships where there is only one topic…. Everyone has been very encouraging and really want each other to succeed despite us all competing against each other. It is nice that it doesn't matter what your GPA is, what extracurriculars you do, or how well you answer the essay question, based on judging standards. It only matters that you are honest, state your opinion as you see it, and are voted based on your peers' standards.”
         – Dessa, student at Western Washington University

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Colorado Mountain College: 13 Locations, 1 instance of 25Live SaaS!

Spread throughout 12,000 square miles of the Rocky Mountains, amidst Colorado’s famed skiing destinations, are the thirteen locations of Colorado Mountain College.  The college has been a Series25® customer since 2008, originally deploying the software as an on-premises solution.  However, given the logistical challenges of serving such a vastly decentralized college, CMC’s small, efficiency-minded IT shop smartly decided to move their 25Live® implementation to the native SaaS platform offered by CollegeNET. 

According to Felix Haeuptle, Application Programmer Analyst and Series25 Administrator at Colorado Mountain College, migrating to SaaS was a “non-event” and, of the many migrations he’s facilitated over his 16 years in IT, this was one of the smoother ones. 

And now that Colorado Mountain’s system is on the SaaS platform, it has freed Felix and his IT colleagues up to focus on other projects, including extending their 25Live and X25® implementations.  Felix’s only complaint:  “Wish we’d done it sooner!”

Learn more about Series25 SaaS here