When Brice Bible was hired as Ohio University's new chief information officer two years ago, the institution's IT operations were "fairly disconnected and not as modern as one would hope," he said, and its student information system had recently suffered a security breach.
Jenzabar is rolling out new software tools designed to help higher education executives make decisions on recruitment and retention, advancement, finance, regulatory compliance, and fundraising.
Log onto the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Web site and you'll see an option that you wouldn't ordinarily expect from an institution of higher education: the ability to access a site specifically designed for lower-bandwidth, mobile device users. Known as "UI Mobile," the option strips out most of the graphics and sticks to the basics so that Internet-enabled mobile phone users can get information (such as staff directories and dining/menus) while away from their computers.
Multitudes of potential students are found online these days--tweeting, blogging, MySpacing, and Facebooking--but marketing to these prospects in their native environments isn't as simple and straightforward as it might seem at first. Diane McDonald, associate director of marketing at Texas A&M University, explained that reaching these prospects via social media takes more than a static institutional Facebook page; it takes an active approach to engage them.
The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School has subscribed to TopSchool's Student Lifecycle Management (SLM) system to help launch a new online certificate program.
Jenzabar has released Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) 7.0, an update to the company's portal solution or higher education. The new release includes performance improvements to the interface and new customization options.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University has launched a new publicly accessible online digital repository, providing access to the university's historical documents.
The University of Georgia has launched its new student portal using the open source uPortal 3 platform in an effort to expand online resources for current students.
The University of Kentucky in Lexington has deployed Coradiant TrueSight Automated Incident Management (AIM) to manage the performance of online applications at the university. The purpose of the program is to provide visibility, manage performance, troubleshoot, and plan capacity into the online experience of users using the university's Web applications, which include Blackboard, an SAP NetWeaver portal, Exchange Webmail, and SharePoint.
What's next for colleges and universities already innovating with mobile devices in the classroom?
Answer: Optimizing administrative applications for anytime, anywhere access.