This Week In Review – March 18th to March 24th


Closed U.S. Universities and Colleges and the Connection with LMS Providers

Over the next week, with the help of our partners at e-Literate, we plan to publish new data looking at closed institutions in the U.S. - both as a general topic based on sector and more specifically on the tie to LMS vendors.

The issue is that, for market share, there is a numerator and a denominator. Numerator changes (such as new implementations) have been covered much more than denominator changes (such as school closures). With the turmoil in the for-profit sector as well as the ongoing closures of small private colleges, we need to focus on both.

Source: LISTedTECH


Fullstack Academy Joins Bridgepoint Education to Accelerate Access to Technology Education Nationwide

Fullstack Academy has announced that Bridgepoint Education, Inc. will acquire the school to accelerate access to technology education that will power the future. The partnership will prepare workforces by uniting Fullstack Academy's mission to transform through access to technology education with Bridgepoint Education's goal of providing innovative and diverse learning services.

Together, Bridgepoint Education and Fullstack Academy will accelerate technology education to help meet national demands for a tech workforce that is projected to grow faster than any occupation between 2016 and 2026

Source: MarketWatch | | Cision PR Newswire | EdSurge

SugarCRM Acquires Collabspot Email Integration Products

SugarCRM Inc. announced it has acquired Collabspot email integration products. Collabspot integrates CRM systems with well-known email providers thus synchronizing emails, contacts and calendars to provide a 360-degree view of customers and communication with prospects.

The acquisition represents further progress for SugarCRM in its mission to develop an intuitive, collaborative tool that provides high quality actionable insights and recommendations based purely on the real time analysis of communications and information.

Source: Rome News Tribune | Courier Express

Adaptive Learning Platforms - University of Pretoria

McGraw-Hill Broadens Support for South African Learners Through Collaboration with University of Pretoria's Department of Business Management

McGraw-Hill announced its expanded support for university students in South Africa through a new collaboration with the University of Pretoria's Department of Business Management.

Together, they are working to create a blend of local South African and McGraw-Hill content to be delivered through the McGraw-Hill Connect digital learning platform. Connect is a digital teaching and learning platform solution that provides course management and student performance analytics for educators. 

The first courses launched in January 2019, reaching 5,000 learners in its first month of use.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Learning Management System - Northumbria University

Northumbria University Implements Blackboard Learn Ultra

Northumbria University has implemented the Ultra experience of Blackboard Learn which empowers students and teachers with a mobile-first design, simplified navigation, improved accessibility and streamlined workflows.

To enable its "Vision 2025" and the University Strategy 2018/23, the University has adopted an integrated, student-centred edtech platform that will support on-campus and distance learning, degree apprenticeships and continuing professional development.

Source: MarketWatch

LMS/SIS - Synergy - Clay County District Schools

Edupoint Enters Florida With Clay County District Schools' Selection of Synergy Education Platform

Clay County District Schools has selected Edupoint Educational Systems to implement its industry-leading Synergy Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management. Synergy Education Platform will provide Clay County District Schools with a seamless ecosystem for streamlining student data management, giving the district a single database and thus making it easier for Clay County teachers to perform instructional tasks such as identifying student strengths and weaknesses, differentiating instruction, tracking student progress and ensuring that students receive needed intervention.

Source: | Yahoo! Finance

Student Information System / Financial System / Human Resources - Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University Partners with Campus Management to Further Its Mission of Academic Excellence

Campus Management Corp. announced that Lipscomb University selected the CampusNexus platform to assist in building a data-powered campus. The university will be using the cloud-based platform, which includes CampusNexus Student, CampusNexus Engage, and CampusNexus Finance, HR & Payroll to aid in the transformation of its business processes and academic programs in order to offer traditional and nontraditional students greater flexibility in registration, financial aid, and other student lifecycle administrative processes.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Student Information System / Financial System / Human Resources - Medicine Hat College

Medicine Hat College Selects Unit4 to Unify and Modernize Student and Staff Experience

Unit4 announced that Medicine Hat College has selected its higher education cloud solutions to replace legacy student, finance and HR payroll systems. The Unit4 education platform will provide the college with a modern and adaptable technology infrastructure, while improving communication and engagement between staff and students.

The Unit4 suite of products will help streamline the college’s internal processes with a single system of record to manage the student lifecycle. Additionally, staff will benefit from a more integrated digital platform for managing finance and HR and payroll.

Source: AP News | MarketWatch

Student Retention - Orange County Community College

SUNY Orange Becomes First US College to Implement Augmented Reality for Student Retention

Imagination Park Technologies Inc. today announced that Orange County Community College will be the first North American college to implement a student recruitment augmented reality campaign. Imagination Park will enable SUNY Orange students to point their phones at logos, signs, posters and landmarks on and around campus to view or retrieve school news, updates, retailer coupons, messages, videos and more.

"SUNY Orange's planned campaigns will help engage and retain students, a truly amazing and unique use case of our AR platform that we had not envisioned before and believe will have broad interest on campuses across North America” says Alen Paul Silverrstieen, CEO of Imagination Park.

Source: MarketWatch |