Thrust into online learning at scale in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--a disaster that put 45 percent of its physical campus out of commission--New Orleans-based Delgado Community College experienced the aftershock of realizing that many of its students were not "online ready." Success rates--and therefore retention and completion rates--suffered just because of a student skills gap in online education. A self-guided online learning module, DORM, has made a big difference even as a doubling of enrollment since 2006 has put further pressure on available classroom space.
Retention and advising tools help students stay in school and graduate. But they can also be a boon to a school's bottom line.
Tiffin University has deployed a virtual student orientation program that, starting with the school's distance learning population, will allow the Tiffin staff to "be more efficient and effective and to provide more convenience to our students," the school said.
As part of its effort to improve graduation and retention rates, Becker College has adopted a hosted early alert tool and a case management system from Starfish Retention Solutions.
CampusCruiser has released Academic Alert, a cloud-based platform designed to help colleges and universities identify at-risk students.
Higher education enterprise software and services developer Jenzabar has launched a new enrollment management solution, Jenzabar Recruitment Manager.
The University of South Florida is updating and improving its recruiting and admissions capabilities at its Tampa campus with new software designed to "broaden and improve communication channels to students," the school said in a news release.
Tyler Junior College (TJC) has implemented a new platform for its student engagement and communication efforts.
TargetX has unveiled a new version of its Student Recruitment Manager with YouTube tracking and new communication tools.
The United States' oldest pharmacy school has gone public with its implementation of software for managing its relationships with 14,000 alumni.