Santa Clara University School of Law hosted a workshop in virtual world Second Life to help prospective students learn about applying to the law school. Posing as her own self-created avatar, "Penny Canucci," Law School Dean of Admissions Jeanette Leach welcomed visitors to an open-air seating area on "Santa Clara Island," where they could view a video from Law Dean Donald Polden (appearing in real-life video footage, not as an avatar), pose questions, and chat with each other.
A December 2008 survey by CollegeClickTV of 2,000 freshmen on 50 college campuses in the United States found 56 percent unhappy about some aspect of their college decision. Can Web 2.0 and social software help applicants get a more accurate picture of colleges and universities before they choose?
As so-called "millennials" reach an age to enter business school in force, graduate schools must move quickly to create digital recruiting efforts that match the students they hope to attract.
The United States Coast Guard Academy, a military college in New London, CT, has adopted University WebChat to aid in communicating with potential students online.
Among online students who dropped out of their degree or certificate programs, 40 percent failed to seek any help or resources before abandoning their programs, according to a recent EducationDynamics survey.
George Mason University will be working with Hobsons Enrollment Management Technology (EMT) to provide integrated enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Mason will be deploying Hobsons' EMT Connect Admissions CRM recruitment and enrollment software, as well as EMT ApplyYourself, an online application system.
Dickinson College has implemented Rapid Insight Analytics and Data Integration software to help predict student enrollment, financial aid allocation, diversity, class size, and other operational variables using data analysis and integration applications.
Community colleges are in a good spot in some ways during the economic downturn, as tight family budgets drive up the appeal of the community college option. But along with the rest of higher education, most community colleges also face shrinking IT budgets and tighter resources. That makes it that much harder to handle the growing enrollment numbers that some community colleges are seeing.
The University of Oxford has selected Blackbaud Enterprise CRM from Blackbaud Europe to support its global fundraising operations. In May the university, which has 38 independent colleges and six permanent private halls, launched what has been called the biggest fundraising campaign in European history, aiming to raise a minimum of £1.25 billion.