How to manage a student’s entire ‘lifecycle’

From initial interest to graduation, Radius allows colleges to manage a student’s academic lifecycle

lifecycleresizedIf you work at a college or university, you probably know the letters LMS pretty well.

Learning management systems, like Blackboard and Canvas, are software applications that allow faculty and administrators to offer course materials, track grades, and help manage student finances all online. But at Spartanburg Methodist College, those letters are starting to stand for something different: lifecycle management solution.

At about 800 people, Spartanburg’s student population is small. Its staff is even smaller.

“We have four recruiting personnel here and we recruit over 500 freshman,” said Mike Queen, director of admissions at the college. “Other admissions offices have large staffs. Many counselors at larger schools are responsible for 50 students. Our counselors are responsible for 100, 150. One works with 250.”

It was becoming apparent, Queen said, that the old systems the college had in place for admissions weren’t going to cut it any longer. They turned to a new platform called Radius for help.

Radius, developed by Hobsons, is a suite of applications that allows administrators to start collecting information from — and interacting with — students from the second they indicate they’re interested in a college.

(Next page: Radius can do far more than just help with admissions)

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