This Week In Review – May 6th to May 12th

Acquisition

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Wiley has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton in a deal which is expected to close by the end of May. Although the deal is framed as a win for affordable courseware, it seems Knewton’s investors would have liked to see a higher price tag for the transaction.

Seeing its education publishing business shrink over the years, Wiley has recently expanded its digital services business. The purchase of Knewton would mark Wiley’s first acquisition of a digital courseware provider.

Sources: EdSurge | Campus Technology | ROI

Tribal Acquires Crimson Consultants to Offer the UK’s Leading Engagement Solution

Tribal announced, earlier this week, the acquisition of Crimson Consultants Ltd. Crimson focuses on CRM solutions that enable educational institutions in the UK to improve student recruitment and business engagement.

Mark Pickett, Tribal’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The acquisition of Crimson provides our current customers with complementary functionality and delivers to our vision of empowering the end to end student lifecycle. We warmly welcome all customers who are new to Tribal and look forward to fully supporting them with their organisation’s needs into the future, and also welcome the whole Crimson team to Tribal.

Source: News Anyway

Customer Relationship Management - Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University Selects Paciolan

Paciolan has entered into a relationship with Bowling Green State University in order to provide BGSU Athletics with a cohesive solution that integrates digital ticketing, fundraising, marketing and CRM solutions.  

Paciolan’s digital marketing team will work closely with BGSU staff to leverage services such as search, social media, display and video campaigns so fans and donors can enjoy a customized mobile-first ecommerce experience.

Sources: Yahoo! Finance | Globe Newswire | Bloomberg

LMS - Brightspace - Teesside University

Providing Flexible, Engaging Learning Environments for Online Distance Learners

Teesside University recently selected the Brightspace platform as part of a major strategic initiative to expand its portfolio of online courses.

“Brightspace offered a distinctive, high quality solution. The user experience is outstanding, particularly from a design perspective, and the Intelligent Agent feature, which automates communication between staff and students, is extremely valuable. Our students and staff are able to talk to each other and access materials wherever they are, which is crucial when face-to-face tutoring is not an option” said Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Teesside University.

Source: FE News

Online Program Management - Loyola Law School

Wiley Education Services Partners with Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to Broaden Talent Pipelines

In a new partnership with Wiley Education Services, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will offer two new online programs that will broaden talent pipelines in the taxation industry.

Aiming to build on its growing reputation and influence, Loyola will work with Wiley to design the online programs and implement their delivery. This will enable students from around the country to access the school’s top-ranked degrees which will thus create more graduates with in-demand skills in the field of taxation law.

Sources: Business Wire | Wiley Newsroom | AP News | Yahoo! Finance

Retention Management - Pepperdine University

Pepperdine Introduces New Student Success Platform Navigate

The launch of Navigate, a tool that integrates with the existing University’s enterprise systems, will allow Pepperdine students greater control of their academic experience as well as facilitating their progress toward timely degree completion.

This new platform is also intended to become a centralized advising hub, offering shared workspace for faculty and staff to engage with students in cohesive and meaningful ways. 

Source: Pepperdine News