The 10 most popular eCN stories of the year

Here’s a list of the 10 most popular stories we’ve published in the last year.

Recently, we published a special “year in review” digital edition in which we recapped what we thought were the 10 biggest higher-education technology stories of 2012, and analyzed what these stories might mean for colleges and universities in 2013 and beyond.

(You can access this special digital publication by clicking here.)

Now, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 most popular stories we’ve published in the last year, as measured by the number of page views each received. If you missed any of them before, here’s your chance to read them now, simply by clicking on each headline.

It’s clear from this list that our readers are interested in cheating, and digital textbooks were a popular topic in the last year as well.

What was your favorite eCN story from the past year, or the story you found most valuable? Tell us what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

10. Flipped learning: Professor tested, student approved

Marcio Oliveira could see the benefits of his kinesiology course’s flipped learning approach with every new hand that popped up in the first minute of every class, as students peppered him with questions. But he needed more than anecdotal evidence, so he conducted a survey, and the results proved that the hands didn’t lie…

9. College students: Tablets will replace textbooks by 2017

Interest in computer tablets has been consistently high on college campuses since the Apple iPad hit the market in April 2010, but not until this year did tablet ownership spike in higher education…

8. Our readers’ top ed-tech picks for 2012

Here are the results of our 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services our readers have enjoyed the most success with…

7. ‘Pinterest for education’ coming to college campuses

Perhaps the only task more daunting than rounding up the internet’s trove of free resources is organizing those blogs posts, videos, photos, and audio files into a presentable classroom lesson. Online pinboards could simplify both…

6. Free textbooks coming for five intro college courses

College students in five of the most-attended courses in U.S. higher education soon will have free peer-reviewed textbooks available to them as a Rice University-based program looks to save students $90 million in book costs over the next five years…


Sonic Foundry Live Webinar: “Campus IT Priorities: A Conversation with Kenneth C. Green of the Campus Computing Project”

Free Mediasite webcast explores challenges and priorities confronting campus IT officers

MADISON, Wis. — December 13, 2012 — Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for video management and academic, enterprise and event webcasting, will host a live webinar this month as part of the company’s continuing thought leadership series.

“Campus IT Priorities: A Conversation with Kenneth C. Green of the Campus Computing Project”

Register now for the live webcast at | Tuesday, December 18 at 1 p.m. Central

Campus IT priorities are changing – or are they? Clearly campus IT leaders confront significant budget challenges, as well as the growing demand for additional IT resources and services: going mobile, maintaining IT security, supporting online instruction, migrating to cloud computing, enabling lecture capture, and also updating the institutional IT infrastructure.

Yet new data from the fall 2012 Campus Computing Survey reveal that core issues – the instruction integration of information technology, IT user support, and hiring/retaining qualified IT personnel – are the top concerns of CIOs and other senior campus IT officers. Moreover, the fall 2012 survey data suggest that presidents, provosts, and CIOs offer up very mixed assessments about the effectiveness of campus IT investments.

Green will discuss the challenges that confront campus IT officers as well as the IT priorities that emerged from the fall 2012 Campus Computing Survey.

Presenter: Kenneth C. Green is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study on the role of information technology in American colleges and universities. He is the author/co-author or editor of a dozen books and published research reports and more than 100 articles and commentaries that have appeared in academic journals and professional publications. He also serves as the senior research consultant to INSIDE HIGHER ED.

Moderator: Sean Brown, vice president for education, Sonic Foundry

Trusted by more than 1,100 colleges and universities worldwide, the Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media presentations.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting solutions, providing video content management and distribution for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and webcast services of Mediasite Events, the company empowers people to advance how they share knowledge online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, enhance learning outcomes and improve performance.


BadgeStackTM Adds Reward Badges to Muhlenberg College HYPE Program

HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Education) Develops High School Students into Leaders

NEW YORK, NY – December 13, 2012 – Using the innovative BadgeStack learning platform, Muhlenberg College enhanced their HYPE Program this year to include badges to recognize participants’ accomplishments. Since 2006 HYPE, which stands for Healthy Youth Peer Education, has developed leadership and community advocacy skills in local high school students through documentary filmmaking.

The program continues to expand with over one hundred high school participants completing the program. BadgeStack enabled HYPE instructors to create a Learning and Community system where students took on and recorded a series of media-oriented quests, instructors assessed that student work, and peers discussed and critiqued each other’s contributions. Sharable badges – digital credits that recognize achievement and can be displayed publicly across social networks — are awarded for digital storytelling, videography and editing and HYPE-specific internal badges are issued to acknowledge leadership and teamwork.

“The badge system was something new and the teens wanted to play with it, learn it and learn through it, make it their own – from concept to creation to implementation — and that’s the whole idea!” said Anthony Dalton, Digital Cultures Media Specialist and HYPE Instructor at Muhlenberg College.

The success of the combination of BadgeStack and HYPE is apparent, as instructors and students are co-producers of the badges for the program and students add the badges they earn to social networking sites. Students dedicate four weeks of their summer to the program, but do not currently receive any high school or college credit, so the badges add important value to their work. Students’ interest and pride in their badges continues even after they have completed the program.

Richie, a student in the program had this to say about badging: “What I like most about the badges is how they brought everyone in HYPE together in a group effort and how some badges were given for secret things you did that were good.”

“The team at Muhlenberg College has developed a powerful program that is — at its heart — about valuing youth voices,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, director of the BadgeStack Project. “HYPE’s innovative and thoughtful issuing of digital badges to recognize creativity, advocacy, and media-making skills shows youth that their contributions and causes are valued. The badges certify real world achievement while giving youth a means to easily share evidence of their accomplishments and skills with peers, instructors and future employers.”

To view the complete ‘HYPE story’ visit their blog:

About BadgeStackTM
BadgeStack is a first-of-its-kind learning platform that fosters and recognizes individual learning and community involvement through digital credentials and badges. The BadgeStack approach empowers and encourages learners to master new skills and knowledge, while engaging with others in a social give-and-take that builds one’s value to the community and network of connections. Learners earn badges that they take with them for life, demonstrating to the world what they know and how others value their contributions. The BadgeStack system is an ideal vehicle for building learning experiences around existing materials, subject matter expertise and open educational resources (OER), and for recognizing the informal and social learning that happens both in and out of institutional settings. For more information visit:

About the HYPE Program
HYPE is a community of practice supporting young people as they use digital media tools to raise their voices about community issues. Through documentary work, they creatively challenge the stereotype of young people as “problems” and raise awareness about the real social issues that impede their community’s health and well-being.
HYPE mobilizes young people to shift their identities from media consumers to media makers, and creates a critical framework for valuing youth voices within the community.

Denise LaBuda


FSR’s New CORE Product Line Addresses Floor Space Challenge


Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, is debuting its new CORE family of products to help solve the challenges of today’s classrooms, boardrooms and meeting rooms where floor space has reached an all-time premium.

With FSR’s Cool Overhead Rack Enclosures (CORE), which consists of the Ceiling Box family of above ceiling rack enclosures, and the brand new Top Shelf wall mounted rack enclosure, the company can offer viable options to facilities which can no longer afford to devote floor space to equipment racks or credenzas.

“Let’s face it, many facilities today just don’t have the same amount of floor space any longer to devote to large equipment racks,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With our new CORE family of products, FSR has the solution. We are thrilled to be able to introduce these powerful options to the industry, which includes the Ceiling Box family and Top Shelf wall-mounted rack enclosure, that target today’s challenges of space constraints.”

The Ceiling Box family is installed in a standard 2’ x 2’ or 2’ x 4’ drop ceilings and provides from 2 ½ rack to 4 full rack spaces for equipment mounting. Optionally, the Ceiling Box family can be equipped with a projector pole mount adapter so that the projector can mount directly to the ceiling box and cables can disappear through the pole.

The newest member of the CORE family is the Top Shelf wall mounted rack. Top Shelf mounts to a wall just below the ceiling in installations without a drop ceiling or where space above the drop ceiling is limited. The Top Shelf provides four rack units of mounting space and the plastic cover allows RF and WiFi signals to pass unobstructed between the equipment and the room.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 •

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 •


Performance Learning Systems Opens Course Enrollment for Spring 2013

Performance Learning Systems Opens Course Enrollment for Spring 2013

Company Partners with 15 Academic Institutions to Offer On-site and Online Courses

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Enrollment is now open for spring 2013 courses from Performance Learning Systems (PLS), a leading provider of on-site and online graduate education and professional development courses for educators. PLS has partnered with 15 academic institutions to offer more than 100 on-site courses and 700 online courses this spring.

“PLS is committed to offering quality professional development for educators looking for license renewal, movement on the salary scale, or to continue their education and learn strategies to teach more successfully,” said Donald Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO of 3rd Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of PLS. “PLS courses offer teachers the opportunity to stay up-to-speed with the latest teaching methods, without sacrificing valuable time in their own classrooms.”

Aimed at meeting the needs of practicing educators, PLS courses provide instructional skills and strategies that are applicable to any grade level and content area. Topics include classroom management, Common Core curriculum development and cooperative learning. Courses are offered in locations across the country and also accessible online, providing a convenient and affordable opportunity for professional growth.

On-site courses for Spring 2013 will be offered through:

  • Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
  • University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.
  • Grand Canyon University in Phoenix
  • Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
  • Rockford College in Rockford, Ill.
  • Marygrove College in Detroit
  • Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

PLS also partners with Rockford College and Wilkes University to offer innovative online and blended Master’s degree programs in education.

The courses are taught by practicing educators – master teachers who infuse the educational theory in each course with their own professional experience. “There is nothing quite like sharing and learning in an upbeat, relevant and purposeful way,” said Dr. Susan Brien, a PLS instructor since 1988. “PLS courses promote these three traits, while providing the latest research, instructional methods and opportunities for growth as a professional. The courses are practical in that participants can use the materials and see the impact right away in their classrooms.”
Courses range in price from $525 to $870, and the deadline to register for the spring 2013 semester is January 2 for site-based courses that continue throughout the semester. The first online session begins January 15.

For more information about courses from PLS, visit

About Performance Learning Systems
For over 45 years, Performance Learning Systems, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, 3rd Learning, have been committed to providing educators with the highest standard of online and on-site graduate education courses, professional development and technological resources. The PLS team of experts has helped more than one million teachers obtain the skills and strategies necessary to meet the needs of today’s students and beyond. With over 45 courses and more than 13 published resources available in all 50 states and over 30 countries internationally, PLS and 3rd Learning are market leaders in education services. For more information, visit

About 3rd Learning
Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, 3rd Learning is an award-winning educational company that provides standards-based software solutions for educators throughout the world. Founded in 2007, 3rd Learning develops state and country education portals, curriculum tools and resources, and teacher/leader professional development resources, as well as new school start-up and turnaround school strategies, products, and services. For more information, visit

Media Contacts

• Charlie Riley, 3rd Learning, 716-855-2250 x115,

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19,


Inquiry Nurturing Programs Can Help Colleges and Universities Drive Higher Enrollments at a Lower Cost

White Paper Highlights Strategies to Reengage “Inclined but Inactive” Inquiries

Salt Lake City, UT – December 12, 2012 – Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has teamed up with colleagues at Leads360 and Neustar® (formerly TARGUSinfo) to publish a collaborative white paper on the benefits of inquiry nurturing programs for higher education. The white paper outlines the right tools, channels and messaging for schools to reengage existing student prospects and help them progress through the enrollment process.

“We have found that a lot of colleges and universities tend to disregard non-converting inquiries too soon in the process. The truth is that just because inquiries are inactive at first, it doesn’t mean they are not inclined to pursue their education in the near future,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Marketing and Solutions for Datamark. “Having a disciplined inquiry nurturing program in place can be a cost efficient way for an institution to connect with its target audience and drive more enrollments.”

The three companies surveyed private sector colleges on their current approach to targeting past inquiries. The group found that approximately 33 percent of institutions surveyed thought it was easier to buy new inquiries rather than nurture existing ones. Additionally, almost 35 percent of schools said they stop contacting inquiries within the first 90 days, while more than 60 percent halt outreach after 90 days.

A regular, rules-driven inquiry nurturing program can turn a previous prospect into an inbound call, which can save a school’s admissions team time and money. When done the right way, an inquiry nurturing program can drive significant outcomes in terms of higher enrollment yield, improved productivity and cost savings.

The new white paper, Inclined But Inactive: Strategies to Win Over Past Prospects, is available for free download at Datamark’s website.

About Datamark
Since 1987, Datamark ( has delivered innovative, data-driven marketing exclusively to higher education. The company provides marketing advisory research services, full-service lead generation and management, and conversion marketing solutions designed to reach, engage and motivate prospective students. Focusing on performance and visibility into the student enrollment cycle, Datamark helps schools drive higher return on their marketing investment.

About Leads360
Leads360 is the market-leading enrollment management platform, proven to deliver smarter, more efficient recruiting and enrollment processes for schools that compete for students. With unmatched expertise, drawn from managing over 40 million prospects for more than 5,000 clients, Leads360 is the platform of choice for the nation’s largest and most successful educational institutions and business organizations. Leads360’s cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution meets the needs of the most demanding admissions departments, from multi-campus national institutions with large admissions departments to highly-focused specialty schools with only a handful of enrollment counselors. Whether student prospects are generated online or offline, a more powerful and efficient way to identify and enroll students that are the best fit for a school can be found at

About Neustar® (formerly known as TARGUSinfo)
Neustar (formerly TARGUSinfo) is the division of Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) and the trusted real time information services and marketing analytics provider for higher education institutions – both online and campus-based. Neustar is the only one with IAN—the market-proven, on demand insight engine, fueled by the most authoritative and current data available anywhere. IAN powers a broad suite of complementary, multi-channel consumer information solutions that help schools and universities make informed, actionable decisions on prospective student inquiries in real time – one interaction at a time. Neustar solutions helps schools increase contactability, determine best contact channel, understand their ideal student to know where to find more of them and tailor their website’s to each site visitor. Learn more at

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Hofstra University Upgrades TV Studios with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 32 Consoles

HEMPSTEAD, New York — Hofstra University is Long Island, New York’s largest private college, offering a broad range of liberal arts and sciences, education, health sciences, law and other courses with full accreditation in 19 academic areas. When the Hofstra University School of Communication finally needed to replace the analog broadcast production consoles in its two TV studios, it chose HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 32.

“We’d been living with two analog consoles for 25 years!” noted Joseph J. Valerio, Chief Video Engineer. “We were ready for a serious upgrade to our studios. As part of a complete rebuild, we took our time to explore all console technologies and manufacturers and the choice came down to another brand and Soundcraft. We compared them neck and neck at NAB and at a dealer demonstration and the vote was for the Soundcraft Si Compact 32.”

Hofstra’s consoles have 32 mono inputs, though these can be grouped to stereo by linking faders, and two additional stereo line inputs for a total of 36 inputs. The Si Compact 32 also has an AES input and 16 outputs plus an AES out. “Although the board is the smallest in the line of Soundcraft ‘smart’ consoles, it’s the largest model of the Si Compact Si range and has proven to be just right for our needs,” Valerio said.

“We recently used the Si Compact 32 for a very large production in our main studio that involved a band, live audience, a mix for television and the web and a mix for stage monitors,” Valerio continued. “For the first time there was no longer a need for an external console in the studio to mix the band, as we had done in the past. The Soundcraft handles all these mixes at the same time.”

Valerio finds that the Si Compact 32 is well suited for an educational environment. “The students, with some basic training, essentially programmed the configurations and handled all the mixes themselves with no problems,” he said. “One of the students specializing in audio production was glad to see we’d installed this console as he had worked with it at various venues and knew its capabilities.”

“The operating surface has a good clean layout with plenty of indicators to assist the person using the console,” Valerio said. “A simple mix is easy to set up, but so are highly complex mix-minus feeds, mono feeds and groups of busses. You can get very complicated if you need to or want to. Also, the onboard effects are wonderful especially considering they’re genuine Lexicon effects. If you want to, external effects are easily connected—we have a vintage compressor and effects unit.”

“I want to put in a word about the optional Compact Stagebox: outstanding,” Valerio continued. “We connect it with Cat5e cabling to run MADI audio to the board. You can get up to 32 ins and 16 outs although in practice we need some in the control room for monitor functions. The setup was literally plug and play; no fancy tricks needed to be done other than basic board mapping of inputs and outputs.”

“The sound quality is invisible, pristine.” Valerio concluded. “Overall for the money this board is astoundingly powerful and easy to use–a winner.”

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.


Turning Technologies Announces New ResponseCard Integration with IPAL

Youngstown, OH – Turning Technologies, the global leader in the student response industry, today announced a ResponseCard integration with IPAL, a web-based Moodle module (plug-in) and stand-alone program that enables in-class polling. Turning Technologies’ API integration with IPAL is the first of its kind to enable polling with ResponseCard clicker hardware into the IPAL system.

“We’re proud to offer a ResponseCard API that allows developers to integrate ResponseCard hardware into the rapidly expending world of web-based applications,” Mike Broderick, Turning Technologies’ CEO stated. “In the past, students were only able to respond via IPAL with web-enabled devices. The integration with our clickers allows for polling in mixed environments and is a solution for students who are not equipped with web-enabled devices or where infrastructure is not yet implemented.”

IPAL provides ready-to-use, peer reviewed content courtesy of Harvard Professor and Turning Technologies’ Chief Academic Advisor, Dr. Eric Mazur. Available content is accessible through an online database and comes from the collection of ConcepTests developed by Professor Mazur and his group to support the popular learning theory Peer Instruction. IPAL is used in many courses, including the introductory physics class at Harvard University. The question bank is also designed to allow users to upload and share original content for any course or discipline. The IPAL project is one of 29 Wave I grants from the Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative of EDUCAUSE funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Students can now use handled response devices, ResponseCard clickers to answer interactive questions posed during instruction. Results are instantly available and collected in detailed reports for analysis. ResponseCard clickers can be registered within IPAL. Ready-to-use questions, Moodle modules, user guide, instillation instruction and other resources will be hosted by ComPADRE, a National Science Digital Library for physics and astronomy educational resources.

For more information on IPAL or to obtain the free ResponseCard utility and the open source IPAL Moodle module, please visit

About Turning Technologies:
Turning Technologies creates leading assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, more than half of all U.S. colleges and universities use Turning Technologies ResponseCard® clickers or ResponseWare® mobile response applications. Turning has expanded its portfolio of products to include data collection systems that securely transfer digital data for various assessment, testing and certification programs. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies can be found at

About IPAL:
The IPAL project was created to increase student learning, critical thinking, and retention by increasing the use of in-class polling. Research has shown that greater student involvement and interaction supported by in-class polling increases student learning, especially in areas that involve critical thinking skills. In-class polling also enables the instructor to identify student understanding of a topic. When students’ learning needs are addressed in real time and the students are engaged in learning through interactive methodologies, in-course performance will improve.


TargetX’s CRM for Higher Education Selected by University Business Magazine as a 2012 Top Product

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — TargetX’s cloud-based Recruitment CRM has been selected as a University Business 2012 Readers’ Choice Top Product. The winners were selected by the editors of University Business magazine from nominations submitted by readers, and were based on both the quantity of nominations and the quality of reader descriptions.

The first annual Top Products award recognizes leaders in the higher education industry and provides university administrators with an opportunity to learn what products their colleagues around the country are using, and how those products contribute to the success of their schools.

The complete list of products has been announced online and in the December issue of University Business magazine.

“The nominations came from a variety of university administrators who have shared their experiences with these products and how they have improved the way their school operates,” says University Business Editor-in-Chief Tim Goral. “We hope their insight becomes a valuable resource to our readers and helps them solve their biggest challenges on campus.”

TargetX’s Recruitment CRM is a groundbreaking Customer Relationship Management system that helps colleges manage, integrate and automate the process of student recruitment from the first point of contact through enrollment. Among its strengths is built-in electronic communication, including the leading email broadcasting tool in higher education marketing. It is also fully integrated with a powerful event manager and online application.

TargetX designed the system on the proven platform of, the worldwide leader in on-demand CRM and a pioneer in cloud computing. The result is a cloud-based system that is the most powerful, mobile and customizable recruiting tool in higher education.

Building on its success with recruitment, TargetX recently announced that it was expanding into the advancement and student-retention areas with two new CRM tools in the cloud. The introduction of “Advancement CRM” and “Retention CRM” means colleges can now take advantage of shared systems across the campus, becoming more efficient and cost-effective in their efforts to build relationships with key audiences.

Earlier this year TargetX was honored by data integration leader Informatica Corporation as the top ISV/OEM partner in 2012, receiving a “Cloudy Award” as the “independent software vendor or original equipment manufacturer that utilized cloud data integration technology to push the bounds of innovation and achieve measurable success.”

About TargetX

TargetX is a unique higher education company that offers both technology tools and consulting services to help colleges build relationships with their most important constituencies, including prospective students, current students, alumni and potential donors. Founded in 1998 on the belief that colleges need to change the way they communicate with prospects and their families, TargetX has been a leader in managing change in higher education and embracing the concept of the experience in higher-ed marketing.

To learn more, visit

About Salesforce

With over 100,000 customers, is the world’s leading cloud computing company and is pioneering the shift to the “social enterprise,” which encourages organizations to embrace the social web and use it to connect with customers and prospects. TargetX chose to build its Enterprise CRM on the platform that powers the Salesforce CRM tool. Users can add to the capabilities of their TargetX system through more than a thousand add-on products via the Salesforce AppExchange.

For more information, visit


Colleague Student Planning Helps Students and Institutions Map and Track Course Offerings in Support of Completion

FAIRFAX, Va. – December 12, 2012 – Ellucian announced today the general availability of Colleague® Student Planning, a web-based solution designed to help students clarify, plan, and track their course of study in order to progress more confidently to a degree. The solution also helps improve the quality of interaction between students and advisors, and enables institutions to map future course offerings more effectively.

Colleague Student Planning provides out-of-the-box integration to Colleague by Ellucian, enabling automatic provisioning of students and population of courses and sections. In addition to leveraging the degree, communication, and planning features already available in Colleague, the solution provides new features and capabilities including:
• Pre-loaded degree plans
• “On Track” and “On Time” student indicators for degree completion
• Schedule planning and integration with registration functionality in Colleague by Ellucian
• Advisor approval workflow
• Universal program and requirement browsing
• Support for multiple advising models

“We hope that the solution will encourage students to monitor their progress more closely and enable them to complete their program of study in a timely fashion,” said Kristen Chando, registrar at Widener University, one of the beta partners for Colleague Student Planning. “The solution emphasizes what a student needs to complete a program rather than what they have taken to date, helping to clarify their path toward degree completion. Colleague Student Planning gives students a greater sense of control over their academic planning process, and it allows them to explore a wider range of subjects than they might normally choose.”

The pre-loaded degree plans are designed to help students better understand pre-requisites and course sequencing which can be confusing to them. Sample plans help students understand which courses are required for their field of study and when they should be taken to meet their graduation goals. The planning tool also can give students who rely on federal financial assistance a reference that indicates how they should complete the degree requirements during their period of eligibility.

“The ability to load a sample degree plan for a program of study helps our students get started more easily with planning their courses at Widener,” said Chando. “And the calendar-based schedule was a huge hit with our students.”

The Colleague Student Planning user interface was designed to appeal to students who are accustomed to a streamlined and on-demand user experience. Users can export their list of required courses to various calendaring tools, so students can view their registered courses in their mobile devices.

The solution also is designed to strengthen the advising relationship. When students plan in advance of meeting with their advisors, the appointment time can be used to discuss topics like internships, career opportunities, and study abroad rather than focusing only on course scheduling. Giving students tools to plan their future course selections also helps institutions map course offerings more effectively.
The functionality available within Colleague Student Planning was designed based on a collaborative research project with Ellucian, the Community College Research Center, Macomb Community College, and The Kresge Foundation.

“Colleague Student Planning addresses the goal of student completion on two fronts: student achievement and institutional planning,” said Mark Jones, chief product officer, Ellucian. “Giving students tools to develop and track their course of study increases the likelihood that they will graduate. And this same planning makes it possible for institutions to make sure that the courses students need will be available to them.”

About Widener University
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university’s website,, for more information.

About Ellucian
Ellucian helps education institutions thrive in an open and dynamic world. We deliver a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provide strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, achieve greater transparency, and drive efficiencies. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning.
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