Call for Entries: 2014 Campus Technology Innovators Awards

Call for Entries: 2014 Campus Technology Innovators AwardsCampus Technology is looking for innovative colleges and universities that have deployed technology solutions to address campus challenges. Why not take a few minutes to enter your project and gain some recognition for your hard work and success? The deadline is Feb. 17.

The tenth annual Campus Technology Innovators Awards recognize institutions, technology project leaders, and vendor partners that have used technology in new ways to support teaching, learning, administration and operations. In addition to bragging rights, winners will be profiled in Campus Technology magazine and receive discounts and recognition at Campus Technology 2014 in Boston if you wish to attend.

Click here to apply, and good luck!

Five IT Questions Presidents Should Ask Their CIOs

Five IT Questions Presidents Should Ask Their CIOsEducause Review published an interesting article that details 5 important questions that presidents should ask their CIOs. The authors queried a number of presidents, CIOs, and other institutional leaders to develop the questions. Will be interesting to see if they develop a companion article on “5 questions CIOs should ask their presidents.”

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Put your prospects in place

Put your prospects in placeWant to get the attention of prospective students? Pin it. Many savvy institutions already use Pinterest as a fun, interesting, and creative approach to storytelling and community engagement.

So when Pinterest launched Place Pins, which let users collect thoughts and photos based on physical locations and pin that content on a map, the University of Michigan was keen to be a launch partner. An avid user (Pinterest is their fastest growing social media channel), the University of Michigan posted two place boards which have already attracted many new followers, according to the article, University of Michigan is the First to Leverage Pinterest’s New “Places” Boards by Jimmy Daly.

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Leveraging technology to address higher education’s key challenges

Leveraging technology to address higher education’s key challengesHigher education is facing an unparalleled level of change and challenge. Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to make education more affordable while being held accountable for measuring outcomes and improving student success rates. If this were not enough, they must meet these challenges in the face of falling enrollment, decreased funding, rising student expectations, and disruptive forces like edX and Coursera. In an article published in CIO Review, John Kopcke, SVP and CTO of Ellucian, discusses how the strategic and innovative use of technology and data analytics can help institutions:

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New strategic prospect campaign yields 55 percent increase in applications at Becker College

New strategic prospect campaign yields 55 percent increase in applications at Becker CollegeGetting – and keeping – a prospect’s attention in today’s noisy online environment requires personalized and relevant content, and frequent communications. When Becker College built its strategic prospect campaign on these principles, they saw a significant increase in results. In an article written for EDUCAUSE Review, the college reports that over the last two years, they experienced a 55 percent increase in applications, a 34 percent increase in accepted students, and a 12 percent increase in deposited students.

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Nazareth College Takes Real Action in Support of Affordability and Accessibility

Nazareth College Takes Real Action in Support of Affordability and AccessibilityDaan Braveman, president of Nazareth College, describes how the institution is rejecting the “‘law of more’ – if we wanted to do more we raised more revenue by enrolling more students and imposing large tuition increases. Those days are over. The demographics in certain areas of the country will preclude substantially larger enrollments. So too, the economy, together with public demand, will restrain colleges from imposing large tuition increases. This represents a fundamental change for most of us who for years focused on the revenue side of the budget and now need to devote much greater attention to the expense side of our budgets.

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A new measuring stick for student success

A new measuring stick for student successAlthough completion rates are still the most-watched metric for higher education institution rankings and federal funding, many experts agree that the current methodology for measuring graduation rates is flawed. That’s because the traditional college experience has changed dramatically over the past decades. So while the federal methodology works well for residential colleges with traditional students who enroll and stay at one institution and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years, it doesn’t assess all of today’s student populations.

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Congratulations to 2013 winners of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Congratulations to 2013 winners of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus InternationalizationCongratulations to our Ellucian customers who are leveraging Ellucian International Student & Scholar Management to help support diversity in their institutions. Colorado State University, Fairfield University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are among the winners of NAFSA’s 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization that is given for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses. Also, Fairfield University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology received the 2013 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization. Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization.

Deadline extended to October 25: Four more days to submit your Ellucian Live or Ellucian Degree Works™ Forum presentation proposal

We know many of our customers were busy with EDUCAUSE last week, so we’ve extended the proposal submission deadline to this Friday, October 25. We’re looking forward to seeing how you’ve used your Ellucian solutions, what challenges you’ve overcome, and what best practices you plan to share—and we know your peers are just as excited.

So, let’s get to it. Here’s everything you need to submit a compelling proposal and get it in before Friday:

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Purdue increases graduation rate 21 percent with Ellucian Course Signals Software

Purdue increases graduation rate 21 percent with Ellucian Course Signals SoftwareA data-mining and analysis software program developed by Purdue University and made available commercially by Ellucian has increased six-year graduation rates by 21.48 percent, according to a recent review of data by Purdue from the 2007 cohort of students. Ellucian Course Signals™ is an innovative early intervention system that warns students who are at risk of underperforming in a course.

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