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May 25th, 2023

Course materials data: What to look for and why you need it

By Hercules Bontzolakes, Chief Technology Officer, Ambassador Education Solutions
From financial and transactional data to usage and engagement data, transparency is key when it comes to course materials data Course materials reporting, analytics, and financial reconciliation have become massive undertakings for schools these days. This is, in large part, because data often lives in different silos, platforms, and systems across campuses, making it difficult for schools to know what information is available, let...

May 10th, 2023

Encryption attacks are on the rise–it’s time to secure your digital traffic

By Ian Milligan-Pate, Area Vice President, Zscaler
Given today's environment, IT leaders at higher education institutions need to be prepared for ransomware attacks and cyberattacks. You see them in courthouses, sports arenas, and airports. People are accustomed to emptying their pockets, opening their bags, and passing through a metal detector when entering certain buildings. Inspecting all human traffic – and the items they carry – is a way to...

May 9th, 2023

Remote access to education democratizes learning

By Nityasha Wadalkar, Director of Product Marketing, Splashtop
As students and educators pursue a more efficient life-work-school balance, more institutions continue to offer and expand blended learning. Education is, undeniably, in the middle of transformative shifts, with pandemic-era challenges catapulting progress and the digital transformation bringing more opportunities. In higher education particularly, a hybrid approach to teaching and learning has become a non-negotiable asset for both students, faculty, and staff....

April 24th, 2023

How to help your campus go cashless

By George Lyman, Market Executive of Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America
A college campus is like a micro-society, and, like the larger society, campuses are moving toward cashless systems as preferred payments. Digital payments have seen an uptick on campuses and beyond as a preferred form of payment. According to the Pew Research Center, 41 percent of Americans say none of their purchases in a typical week are paid for using cash. This statistic is up...

April 20th, 2023

Success coaching can help minority students’ retention and graduation–here’s how

By Alex Leader, Chief Impact Officer, Watermark
Institutions must do their part to keep students of color engaged and increase retention--success coaching is a necessary part of that. White students have historically experienced higher graduation rates at American colleges and universities than minority students. The Hechinger Report found that graduation rates for White students stood 2.5 times higher than for Black students and 60 percent higher than that of Latino students....

April 4th, 2023

How to help student caregivers achieve success at your institution

By Richa Batra, Vice President and General Manager of Student Success, Anthology
Helping student caregivers achieve success in their academic journey requires attention placed beyond the classroom. So much has been asked of caregivers, especially those in the process of getting a college degree and balancing home and work responsibilities through the pandemic. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 4.8 million college students are simultaneously raising children....

March 29th, 2023

Navigating the financial impact of today’s flexible classroom

By Melissa Harrell Frey, Senior Solution Marketing Manager, Prophix
CFOs and higher-ed finance professionals need agility to address the financial impact that new learning models have had on their institutions The adoption of cloud-based communications platforms and other virtual tools in higher education has made a world of difference in today’s new flexible learning environment. Leveraging technology to facilitate hybrid learning, distribute source material more efficiently, and manage administrative functions has helped to keep...

March 24th, 2023

3 ways IT tools are streamlining higher ed

By Ian O’Neal, Product Manager, AppointLink
higher ed IT can help streamline education As higher-ed institutions increasingly rely on technology, campus IT and IT leadership are assuming a pivotal role in ensuring that universities satisfy the needs of students, staff, and faculty....

March 15th, 2023

3 ways software drives higher-ed payments innovation

By David King, CTO, Flywire
Learn how software innovation and payments innovation help institutions tackle higher education affordability, keep students enrolled, and ease legacy SIS upgrades. When my colleagues and I set out to build an online billing and payments solution for higher education in 1997, roughly 35 percent of U.S. households owned a computer. Building and developing something that presented billing information and securely processed digital tuition payments was...

March 7th, 2023

To thrive in college, students need academic self-empowerment

By Matthew Jaskol, Founder and Program Director, Pioneer Academics
Armed with data on academic self-empowerment, educators can help students evolve into the drivers of their own collegiate success The industry of organizations focused on helping underserved students navigate college started with a focus on admissions: helping those students get into college. Realizing that helping students kick off their college journeys was not enough, many added services to help students persist through college...

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