This Week in Review – Sept. 24th to Sept. 30th
HigherEd’s Great Email Divide
HigherEd email scene is divided between two main providers: Microsoft and Google. Combined, their products are implemented in more than 90% of HigherEd institutions. Clearly, offering a free service does help. Smaller companies like Novell, Zimbra, SquirrelMail, Wimba, Horde and Roundcube (plus another 20) help create the long tail of higher education email systems.
Leeds Equity Partners and Campus Management Announce Acquisition of Hobson's CRM and Application Management Software Business and Related Assets
Higher education software provider Campus Management Corp., a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company, announced today that it has acquired the constituent relationship management and application management software business of Hobsons, Inc.
Jacques Galante, Managing Director of Leeds Equity Partners, said, "Higher education institutions face new challenges with traditional models of recruiting, academic delivery, student engagement and outcomes. We believe that deep, vertical specific software and data products will serve as critical tools in helping institutions navigate these challenges. With this acquisition, Campus Management is extremely well positioned to be a key strategic partner to higher education in this evolving and dynamic market."
Pearson Partners with the University of North Texas to Increase Career Success for Students
Pearson announced a digital learning partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) to offer 38,000 students the opportunity to showcase effective career development and job search skills from their classroom and co-curricular activities.
Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, UNT students can access UNT’s Career Connect Pathway, which features a collection of digital learning materials associated with Pearson’s Career Success Program. Students will be able to develop an online profile using the Foliotek portfolio platform, GRIT Gauge™, and other instructional assets and tools as part of a milestones-based career pathway.
“UNT Career Connect is based on the idea that every UNT student already has a wide range of real-life, high-impact experiences that can be from the classroom and co-curricular,” said Mike Simmons, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNT charged with overseeing UNT Career Connect.
Birmingham City University embraces Oracle ERP software
"Over the past five years ... we've had a very estate-driven capital investment program," said David Wilkin, CFO of Birmingham City University. "The net result of that has been that we are under-invested in IT. That's an issue now."
That's why purchasing Oracle ERP software became crucial in the institution's efforts to modernize its IT infrastructure. Oracle ERP Cloud will be updated by the vendor twice a year, and Birmingham City University will have to implement them. This almost "enforced discipline of updating" was one of the key reasons Wilkin chose Oracle ERP and HCM Cloud applications.
Goodbye Blackboard, hello D2L
Over the past year, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Instructional Technology Committee has evaluated Blackboard and decided to replace it with a more user-friendly system, D2L by Brightspace.
Jeff Peters, who is MCCC’s coordinator of e-Learning and Instructional Support, says the user-friendliness of the program will prove to make the transition between it and Blackboard very smooth and seamless.
The transition will take place at the beginning of Spring Semester 2018, but training will start in Winter Semester. “We’ve still got a lot of time, and information will be forthcoming,” Peters said. “There will be ample opportunities to get training and get acquainted with the Brightspace system.”
Source: the Agora
Loyola launches new coaching program, and other news of higher education
Over the course of a three-year partnership, Loyola will work with the organization InsideTrack to develop a sustainable student success coaching program. InsideTrack’s coaches will immediately begin partnering with Loyola to offer coaching to every first-year student.
Since 2001, InsideTrack’s coaching methodology, technology and tools have been proven to increase student persistence, officials said. It's been used for 1.5 million students and 1,600 academic programs nationwide.
Source: The New Orleans Advocate