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Purdue U Signs On for Web-based Student Organization Management

Purdue University has selected StudentLink from CollegiateLink to manage its 840 student clubs, organizations, and fraternities and sororities. StudentLink will allow individual organizations at the 39,000-student university to conduct online surveys and elections, recruit new members, manage membership lists, and plan events. The management, communication, and tracking tools within StudentLink can be used by student organizations as well as their student members to provide online access to student organizations and their activities.

"Today's students are more techno-savvy than ever before and rely on the online world to help manage their lives," said Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of students.

StudentLink provides tools that enable students to identify and join student organizations, track their participation in co-curricular activities, communicate with fellow club members, and organize their activities in a Web-based environment.

There's also a green element to adoption of the service. By going online with promotion of student organization and club activities, the school expects to reduce the amount of paper flyers and other promotional materials that are used on the Purdue campuses.

Purdue is completing the transition to a centralized student information system and will use CollegiateLink to provide similar functionality for students' co-curricular activities. StudentLink's data management capabilities provide the tools to track and report the academic status of student leaders and Greek life members.

Current CollegiateLink users include Brown University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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