Project Spotlights from Campus Technology

Project Spotlights provide a quick view into technology implementations that solve a particular challenge at a higher education institution. Have a project story to tell? Contact Rhea Kelly at rkelly@1105media.com.


Managing Anytime, Anywhere Access to Windows and Mac Apps at USC Engineering

Students in the University of Southern California's School of Engineering no longer need to crowd into busy computer labs to access the specialized software they need. The school has implemented remote access to both Windows and Mac software, so students can do their work from anywhere using their own laptops. And they can access both platforms with a single user account, so the school's IT team doesn't have to manage separate Windows and Mac user profiles for thousands of engineering students.

Georgia Tech Engineering Students Use Virtual Desktops to Access Specialized Tools Anywhere, Anytime

One of the country's largest engineering programs has implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) so its students can access industry standard engineering software tools from any computer, anywhere they are connected to the Internet.

Students at Clemson U Monitor Social Media for Collaborative Research

Clemson University in South Carolina has developed a Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) for real-time monitoring of online blog posts, tweets, status updates and other public social media communications. Students in the university's Creative Inquiry class use the SMLC for research projects, as do students in management, communications and other classes.

Dalton State College Automates Fact Book with Online Dashboard

Dalton State College in Georgia has replaced its manual Fact Book development process with an automated dashboard that draws data directly from the student information system and delivers information on demand through an online interface.

Missouri State U Improves Learning Outcomes With Flipped Course

Missouri State University (MSU) has implemented a flipped classroom model for its Introductory Psychology course, resulting in dramatic improvements in student learning outcomes and course completion rates.

Northwestern U Streamlines Research Purchasing With Open Source System

Northwestern University in Illinois has implemented a custom transaction processing system for its core facilities that lets researchers place orders and makes it easier for core facility directors to track, fulfill and bill for those orders.

Community College Uses Student Tracking Software to Improve Completion Rates

Harper College, a two-year community college in Illinois, is using early warning and student tracking software as part of its Project Success initiative, which identifies and tracks students who are at risk of not completing their diploma or certificate programs and then intervenes to ensure those students have the guidance they need to help them complete their courses.

George Washington U Uses HD Streaming Video in Art Therapy Program

George Washington University's (GWU) art therapy program uses high-definition video recording and streaming to supervise and support student therapists in its student-run community clinic.

How Georgia Tech Serves Up High-Performance WiFi to 40,000-Plus Devices

Large concentrations of mobile devices can cause interference and connectivity issues. Early adopter Georgia Tech is solving the problem with focus-beamed antennas for its large-capacity classrooms.

How to Revamp Your Campus Web Site for Recruitment

By turning its Web site into a recruitment tool, this small university lost traffic and gained applicants.

Putting Admissions Data to Work

The smart use of business intelligence has turned around graduate admissions at Wayne State University.

4 Tips for Fielding Student Questions Via Facebook

To better answer questions from prospective and current students, Thomas Edison State College has linked its FAQ knowledgebase to its Facebook page.

Stanford University

Stanford developed its own solution for mobile device management (MDM) specifically for the higher education environment.

South Orange County Community College District

In the Himalayas, Sherpa guides help mountaineers climb higher than they could on their own. That's just what a new software platform--named Sherpa--is designed to do for students in the three-campus South Orange County Community College District (CA).

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona designed a new system that helps UA students find scholarships and also streamlines the institution's process for awarding departmental scholarships.

University of Massachusetts Boston

UMB set out to create a toolkit that would enable hearing- and sight-impaired students to participate fully in classes.

Cerritos College

In three months, faculty from eight colleges created course designs for 10 common general education courses using only OER material.

Athabasca University

Athabasca's Open Knowledge Environment project mounted 30 initiatives to recharge technology infrastructure, redefine skill sets, and revamp processes across the entire organization.

University of Washington

UW has created tools that both automate data warehouse access provisioning and turn over the decision-making from IT to the data custodians themselves.

Lone Star College System

The six-campus Lone Star College System (TX), in the suburbs of Houston, has developed a sophisticated private cloud that offers greater flexibility, lower hardware costs, and improved performance.