Administrative/Business Tools


Salesforce.org Updates Education Cloud with Enhanced Advising Tools, Advancement Features and More

Salesforce.org today announced a number of updates to its Education Cloud platform, including enhancements to its Salesforce Advisor Link product, new features for developing alumni and donor relationships, new Higher Education Data Architecture capabilities and an expansion to Education Cloud data architecture for K-12 institutions.

Personalizing the Admissions Process to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Maryville University created an "application for anything" tool that allows schools to easily customize admissions applications for specific applicants or programs.



Supporting Digital Transformation in Education: A Model for Statewide and Regional Networks

Samuel Conn, president and CEO of NJEdge talks about his organization's priority of fostering "excellence in education through the effective use of technology".

CUNY Start Program Gives Remedial Students a Low-Cost Boost

A new report that examined the impact of the City University of New York "Start" program has found that it's working. Start offers an inexpensive replacement for students who would normally enter remedial college courses to build their math, reading and writing skills. Instead of taking those classes and draining their financial aid for non-credit courses, students delay their college entry for a semester, attend the $75 Start program and get an intensive push in those areas.

Study: Job Earnings Data Does Not Impact Students' Choice of Major

An issue brief published by Rutgers University specifically examined whether access to labor market data changed students' choice of major or perceptions of earnings or job security. The bottom line: When students didn't know any better, they expected to earn more than they should; yet having access to earning data didn't sway students to consider changing majors.

Mobile FAFSA a 'Step in the Right Direction'

The U.S. Department of Education is making a mobile app available for students applying for federal financial aid. This beta version of the "myStudentAid" app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Development of the new release was done in parallel with a redesign of the FAFSA.gov website. The goal for both: to make it easier for students and families to fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Common App for Transfer Streamlines Application Process for Non-Traditionals

The Common Application for Transfer has hit the ground running with hundreds of colleges and universities participating in time for the 2018-2019 application season. The new service is intended to bring the convenience of the Common Application to transfer or "post-traditional" students. Students who set up a Common App for Transfer account will be able to fill out a single application and compile one set of supporting documents and have them apply to multiple programs at participating schools.

Saint Louis U Students Rooming with Alexa

This week, Saint Louis University will open up for move-in, when students begin occupying their dorm rooms and apartments. They'll be greeted by Amazon Alexa-enabled devices primed and ready to answer questions about the university and the campus experience.

There's More to Student Advising Tech than Implementation

New technology for advising students won't work if it's not also implemented with updates in the advising structures and processes and professional development for the human advisers as they change their own practices. That's part of the bottom line in a new report from the Community College Research Center, based at Teachers College at Columbia University, and social policy researcher MDRC.

Innovative Presidents Finding Ways to Use Social Media for Student Engagement

A new report that examines how college presidents interact with students shares how the most innovative leaders have gone beyond the standard fare (photo opportunities and participation in service events) to embrace social and digital mechanisms. "Presidential Engagement of Students at Minority Serving Institutions" was produced by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, within the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

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