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Rave Joins SunGard HE Collaborative, Sets Mobile Agenda

Higher education mobile services provider Rave Wireless has joined the SunGard Higher Education Collaborative and said it will provide mobile services, including alerts and collaborative technologies, for SunGard customers. The SunGard HE Collaborative is a network of companies whose stated aim is to help "colleges and universities build and manage reliable, integrated solutions that extend and enhance a unified digital campus."

As a member of the Collaborative, Rave reported in a statement released this week, the company will focus on SunGard's higher education customers and develop mobile solutions for information delivery and campus services. The company recently worked with SunGard HE Banner user Georgia Gwinnett College to integrate course information into students' mobile devices, providing student to student interactions, access to polls, and communications with faculty, among other features.

“Marrying the student information system with the mobile device creates incredibly powerful opportunities,” said Lonnie Harvel, CIO of one-year-old Georgia Gwinnett College (Lawrenceville, GA), earlier this week. “All of our faculty members have GGC/Rave-enabled phones, and having them integrated into every user’s course and classmate information will jumpstart the learning experience. We expect this to pave the way for new interactions between and among students and faculty that may never have happened without this program.”

Rave said its emergency notification system, Rave Alert, will also integrate with the Banner administrative system. Alerts and collaborative capabilities can include notifications of due dates for fees, course registration, class adds/drops, access to grade information, and other functionality.

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