Campus Management expands global footprint with new efforts in Middle East

Campus Management Corp., a leading provider of enterprise solutions and services for higher education, today announced the Company’s expanded global footprint in the Middle East as a result of its new partnership with Oman-based OrientTech, a leading enterprise solutions provider in the region, and work with Muscat University, Campus Management’s first customer in Oman.

Campus Management’s partnership with OrientTech will deliver and implement the Company’s CampusNexus® product suite to help future-focused educational institutions achieve greater academic excellence in an ever-evolving higher education landscape. This partnership also signifies a deeper penetration into the Persian Gulf region in addition to the relationships that Campus Management already has in both the UAE and Kuwait.

“As education is a high-growth sector in the region, our partnership with Campus Management will enable us to create greater opportunities and deliver innovative solutions for students across the board,” added Rajesh Bhandari, Managing Director, OrientTech.

At the same time, Muscat University, Campus Management’s first Oman customer, has selected the CampusNexus product suite – including CampusNexus Student, CampusNexus CRM and CampusNexus Finance & HR – as its academic and administrative platform. Under the agreement, CampusNexus will enable the University to implement programs that are focused on recruitment and retention, centralizing and automating key processes and delivering collaborative tools for students, staff and faculty.

“It’s important that we leverage technology solutions that are intuitive, efficient and effective to not only help us create a learning environment that is positive, creative and rewarding but also to enhance the student experience and seamlessly connect the campus community,” said Professor Costas Chryssou, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise and Engagement, Muscat University. “Campus Management enables us to achieve all of these objectives through ultimately transforming academic delivery, engagement and operational efficiency with innovative technology.”

Muscat University in particular is experiencing a rapid period of growth, helping to transform students and communities through excellence in teaching and research that is both rigorous and relevant. The University is deploying technology to create greater synergies among all stakeholders and to streamline processes.

“We are dedicated to solving the challenges that higher education institutions are facing worldwide and help them to embrace digital technologies to build and implement programs across campuses and functions,” concluded Jim Milton, Campus Management CEO. “Our expertise in leveraging enterprise solutions and services for higher education allows institutions to not only engage a wider diversity of students and improve outcomes but also drive greater operational efficiency to help institutions truly transform and respond dynamically to change.”

About Campus Management Corp.

Campus Management is a leading provider of technology solutions and services that transform higher education institutions. Its next generation suite, CampusNexus®, includes enterprise-wide Student, CRM, and Finance, HR & Payroll solutions. Today, more than 2,000 campuses in 19 countries partner with Campus Management to transform academic delivery, student success and operational efficiency. For more information, please visit: http://www.campusmanagement.com/

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New data: Higher ed has massive misconceptions about low-income student success

Contrary to a commonly-held belief that low-income students are more likely to struggle in a four-year institution, new data indicates students from low-income households are, in fact, likely to thrive in four-year institutions, according to a new survey.

Higher education institutions are relying on predictive analysis to make decisions about admission and resource allocation, but that process could perpetuate the under-representation of minority and low-income students, according to a survey released by vibeffect at EDUCAUSE.

The comprehensive survey includes data from students in 5,000 households, spans 1,000 institutions and covers 260 variables. Four comparison groups are used for analysis:

  • Low-income high-thrivers (LI-HT) with household income below $35,000
  • High-income high-thrivers (HI-HT) with household income of $150,000 or higher
  • Low-income- all other (LI-AO)
  • All other high-thrivers (AO-HT)

It reveals that students from low-income households ($35,000 household income and below) have an equal probability of earning a “high-thriving” designation on all dimensions of thriving, and often are equally represented in the highest-thriving group.

(Next page: What the results reveal about supporting low-income students)

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EDUCAUSE: The top 10 IT issues in 2017

It’s that time again when almost every attendee part of the annual EDUCAUSE conference crams next to each other in a convention ballroom to hear about what their higher ed peers have to say about the IT issues and challenges they expect to face next year.

“EDUCAUSE’s annual IT issues report is published in January, but this session provides a great preview of what’s to come,” said Michele Norin, senior vice president and chief information officer at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Attendees were granted an exclusive preview of ‘2017’s Top 10 IT Issues,’ and panel members discussed the issues and their importance. [Editor’s note: See the 2016 issues here.]

According to Susan Grajek, vice president of data, research, and analytics for EDUCAUSE, there were three new issues mentioned by higher ed panelists this year: strategic leadership, higher education affordability, and next-generation enterprise IT.

The Top 10 IT issues for 2017

1. Information security: Developing a holistic, agile approach to reducing institutional exposure to information security threats.

2. Student success and completion: Effectively applying data and predictive analytics to improve student success and completion.

3. Data-informed decision-making: Ensuring that business intelligence, reporting, and analytics are relevant, convenient, and used by administrators, faculty, and students.

4. Strategic leadership: Repositioning or reinforcing the role of IT leadership as a strategic partner with institutional leadership.

5. Sustainable funding: Developing IT funding models that sustain core services, support innovation, and facilitate growth.

(Next page: IT issues 6-10; an in-depth look at next-gen enterprise IT)

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Students: Use our data to transform our college experience

It’s no secret that today’s college students are generally comfortable sharing personal information online and through social media. But they have expectations, too–a new survey reveals that students expect institutions to use their personal data to deliver enhanced learning experiences.

Overall, 82 percent of surveyed students said they believe the use of personal data and information will transform the college experience in 10 years.

The Ellucian survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, defines personal data and personal student information as any data a school manages about a student, from application to meal plan.

Ninety-three percent of students said they expect to only have to provide personal information to their institution once.

Seventy-seven percent of surveyed students said they believe institutions should use their personal data to improve their college experiences in various areas, including:

  • Academic: Graduation requirements (62 percent), advising (53 percent, and course selection and registration (59 percent)
  • Financial: Financial aid (61 percent), payment of tuition (58 percent), and job applications on campus (52 percent)
  • Career: Internship (61 percent) and external job interviews (53 percent)

But while students hope their institutions will use their personal data to improve their campus experiences, they are not as enthusiastic about schools using their personal data for non-academic or non-career related experiences.

Students are willing to share a lot, as it turns out. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed shared personal accomplishments and 53 percent shared future dreams and goals on their college applications, in addition to sharing grades and test scores.

Twenty-three percent even said they would provide their least favorite childhood photos if it improved their chances of getting admitted to an institution.

When surveyed students had to identify an industry that would best be able to use their personal data to improve their experience, 42 percent chose a college or a university, 23 percent chose a doctor’s office, and 12 percent chose a financial company.

Just 1 in 4 students said they believe mobile apps know as much about them as their schools.

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Cox Business launches Contour on Campus

Now when college students get the itch to catch up on “The Walking Dead” while on campus, they need only to pull out their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Contour on Campus, a new offering from Cox Business, provides students with an easy way to watch TV on campus via mobile device, while universities gain another selling point for their millennial residents.

Those interested in seeing the technology in action can visit with Cox at the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in booth #110. There, Cox Business representatives will be discussing the early adopters such as Hollins University and the success the organization has had in using the technology to incentivize on-campus living for students.

As college students wrestle with the decision whether to live on campus, administrators are always looking for ways to make the on-campus experience more appealing. Contour on Campus provides a feather in the on-campus cap. The technology meets the demands of students’ on the go lifestyles allowing flexibility to view their favorite shows via mobile device whether they’re in their residence halls, the library or the university quad.

“Embracing our students’ desire for cutting edge technology as part of their university experience made Contour on Campus the right video platform for us,” said Carol Reed, Hollins University’s chief information officer. “This is just one more offering that sets Hollins apart in providing an unparalleled higher education experience.”

The service delivers the Cox Contour TV viewing experience to universities which, for convenience and security purposes, can then grant access to students using preexisting login and authentication methods, such as student IDs.

“Companies continue costly research efforts to better understand millennial viewing patterns. Yet on its face, it’s not complex,” said Steve Rowley, senior vice president of Cox Business. “Millennials want the convenience of watching anywhere, anytime. And with Contour on Campus, universities can make that happen.”

For more information, stop by EDUCAUSE exhibit hall booth 110 on Oct. 26-27 beginning at 9 a.m. to speak with Cox Business representatives, or visit https://www.cox.com/business/tv/college-university-campus.html.

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New Adobe study shows Gen Z students and teachers see creativity as key to success

Adobe has released a study at EDUCAUSE 2016 that provides insights into U.S. student and teacher perspectives on learning, creativity and the future workforce.

A central theme that surfaced from the research underscores the increasing importance of creativity and technology in shaping future careers and solving many of the problems the world faces today.

In fact, a staggering 85 percent of students and 91 percent of teachers see creativity as essential to students’ future careers, and 93 percent of students and 73 percent of teachers view technology as key to their career preparedness. Gen Z students shared that classes focusing on computers and technology are among their favorites to take and will best prepare them for their futures.

The Adobe study, “Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future,” found that 75 percent of the more than 1,000 U.S. students between the ages of 11 and 17, and more than 400 Gen Z teachers surveyed1 expressed a mutual wish to see an increased focus on creativity in the classroom. When asked if they thought their future careers would involve creating, 83 percent of students agreed, and 94 percent of teachers feel their Gen Z students will have careers that do not exist today.

“Gen Z students have all grown up in a tech-enabled and information-driven world,” said Tacy Trowbridge, Education Programs, Adobe, while speaking at EDUCAUSE – the leading conference for educators who use information technology to transform higher education. “Gen Z and their teachers agree that they learn best through doing and creating, and that the curriculum needs to evolve to let students explore their creative ideas and to prepare them for a rapidly changing world.”

While excited about the prospects, Gen Z students – who define themselves as smart, creative and hard-working – express nervousness about their future careers. Almost 30 percent of Gen Z students feel unprepared for the future, and nearly half feel what they learn outside of the classroom is more important to their future careers than what they learn inside.

Although Gen Z students see themselves as more creative than past generations, teachers and students agree that the best method for learning and teaching is through a doing/creating approach. This perspective directly correlates with the 60 percent of educators who look for more opportunities for hands-on learning in their classrooms, and the 52 percent who wish to evolve the teaching curriculum.

“Adobe has always been committed to enabling creativity in the classroom, and programs like Creative Cloud for Education bring the best in class creativity tools to schools. I am particularly thrilled to see how the introduction of Adobe Spark has helped even the youngest students tell stories with impact,” said Mala Sharma, VP & GM Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community.

“This study underscores that the vast majority of educators understands the integral role that creativity and creative thinking play in solving many of the world’s challenges,” said Dr. Gerard J. Puccio, leading creativity researcher and Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo. “Teachers, administrators and education leaders face a huge challenge in preparing their students for today’s world, and can show they are serious about this duty by taking action to update the curriculum to better reflect 21st century skills and support professional development.”

Key Gen Z student and teacher findings include:
• 76 percent of students and 75 percent of teachers wish there was more of a focus on creativity in the classroom
• 85 percent of students and 91 percent of teachers see creativity as essential to students’ future careers
• 93 percent of students and 73 percent of teachers view technology as key to their career preparedness
• 83 percent of students believe their future careers will involve creating
• 94 percent of teachers feel their students will have careers that do not exist today
• 27 percent of students feel unprepared for the real world, and 34 percent of teachers agree
• 78 percent of students and 77 percent of teachers believe Gen Z learns best by creating and hands-on experiences

The full findings from Adobe’s survey, Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future, are available for download at www.adobeeducate.com/genz.

To view the findings in infographic form, please visit http://www.adobeeducate.com/genz/genzinclassroom.

1The study was produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence and conducted as an online survey among n=1,000 Gen Z students (ages 11-17) nationwide United States and n=500 teachers of Gen Z students (ages 11-17) nationwide United States. Interviewing took place from September 26 – October 6, 2016.

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Brocade Ruckus Cloudpath ES 5.0 simplifies security and policy management

Brocade announced the availability of Ruckus Cloudpath™ ES 5.0 software. The new release builds on previous BYOD onboarding capabilities to create a complete integrated security and policy management platform. Cloudpath ES 5.0 software enables IT organizations of any size to easily establish secure, policy-based access for wired and wireless devices.

According to IDC, the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years, increasing from 96.2 million in 2015 to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020.

“The rise of a more mobile workforce has mandated that corporations to adopt robust BYOD programs, which ensure productivity both in and out of the workplace,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, IDC. “However, many organizations, especially those with lean IT departments, still struggle with securing device connections to the network. Organizations are therefore tasked with finding a solution that not only enables the mobile workforce, but also provides enterprise-level security, something Ruckus Wireless seeks to deliver to its customers.”

Many organizations expect frictionless BYOD and a common wireless-wired policy and security experience but IT is often unable to deliver on those expectations due to the inherent complexity of modern security infrastructure. Cloudpath software simplifies the deployment of enterprise-grade security, making powerful security much more accessible to lean IT teams.

“Before Cloudpath, we struggled with authentication, provisioning, securing and connecting both our students’ and teachers’ wireless devices across our 11 sites in both California and Washington,” said Bryant Wong, chief technology officer, Summit Public Schools. “After the deployment of Cloudpath, it was seamless. It just works.”

Features and benefits of Cloudpath ES 5.0 software include:
• Strong security and centralized policy management. Cloudpath software provides a simplified Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) while using industry-standard x.509 digital certificates and granular policy assignment.
• A faster, better end-user experience. It takes users as little as 10 seconds to onboard each of their devices. Users don’t need to remember passwords, and no re-login is necessary when they move from network to network.
• Lower IT operating expense and product licensing cost. Unique user-based licensing enables better network planning and keeps costs under control as the number of devices per person increases.
• Integration with existing infrastructure. Cloudpath software works with existing wired and wireless access networks, network security firewalls, client operating systems and other common methods of ensuring security compliance.
• Tight integration with Brocade® ICX® switches. Cloudpath software can now be configured to push policies dynamically with RADIUS Change of Authorization (CoA) and also perform Web authentication for wired clients.

“Managing devices, workflow and security policies has become more complex over the last decade for businesses of all sizes,” said Kevin Koster, chief architect and Cloudpath founder, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade. “At the same time, many companies operate in various locations with multiple wireless networks. This creates complex IT management challenges. Cloudpath software addresses these pain points by delivering better security than most of our customers have now, and at a very low price. Cloudpath also works with existing infrastructure, eliminating the need to purchase and train on new, expensive and complex dedicated security appliances.”

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Ed-tech explosion, tough compliance requirements lead Kaseya and TeamDynamix to partner to deliver comprehensive endpoint management and security

Competition is fierce in higher education to attract the most talented students. Prospects expect campuses to be digitally connected, which has led to an explosion in EdTech investments – Gartner predicts EdTech spending to surpass $38 billion globally this year.

At the same time, colleges and universities have increasingly become prominent targets for hackers, leading higher ed CIOs to place even greater emphasis on IT security. As higher ed leaders strive to strike a balance between providing leading-edge technology resources and ensuring the safety of campus-wide data, Kaseya®, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), and TeamDynamix, a cloud-based work management software provider for higher education, have partnered to provide a comprehensive, integrated solution to streamline endpoint management and security for higher education institutions.

Strict compliance requirements for HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and PII (Personally Identifiable Information) also add to the complexities of campus-wide systems management. “Immaturity in service management will not result in one pain – rather, it will create a chaotic environment for the entire institution,” explains Barry Cousins, senior director, InfoTech. “As the higher ed community looks to move up the maturity scale, investing in endpoint management for improved compliance and control will become a core component of their strategy.”

“Supporting new technologies, while also safeguarding against cyberattacks, increases the strain on already limited IT resources in higher education,” said Andrew Graf, vice president, sales support and customer success for TeamDynamix. “In light of these mounting pressures, our customers turned to us to find them the right solution that would deliver an integrated approach to endpoint management. This is what we have done by integrating the TDX Platform with Kaseya VSA™.”

By leveraging the integrated capabilities of Kaseya VSA and the TDX Platform, higher education institutions can now:
• Proactively monitor and immediately receive notifications about system issues
• React quickly to open tickets with the help of enhanced systems visibility for technicians
• Deliver faster response times to repair and remediate issues
• Access a single systems and service management solution catered to meet the specific needs of colleges and universities

“To meet today’s complex requirements for both students and employees to have enhanced digital experiences from any device, colleges and universities need to be smarter about their IT investments. Not only are they responsible for empowering learning, but they must also mitigate operational, reputational, and cybersecurity risk,” said Mike Puglia, chief product officer, Kaseya. “Kaseya’s partnership with TeamDynamix allows higher ed institutions to successfully navigate this time of transformation and adapt so that they can maintain their competitive edge without sacrificing security or accountability.”

Kaseya and TeamDynamix are exhibitors at the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, being held Oct. 25th, through the 28th in Anaheim, CA. Visit Kaseya (Booth #1478) and TeamDynamix (Booth #201) to learn more about the partnership and integrated endpoint management solution available now to colleges and universities.

For more information about Kaseya helps higher education IT leaders , visit http://www.kaseya.com/how-we-help/it-management-education.

For more information on Team Dynamix and the TDX Platform, visit www.teamdynamix.com.

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D2L selects Amazon Web Services cloud to improve learning worldwide

Learning is about to take another leap forward. D2L, a learning technology provider, is delighted to announce that it has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its strategic public cloud infrastructure provider. D2L will be able to serve its global customers from AWS locations in the US, Europe, Asia, and plans to also use the AWS location that will open in Montreal, Canada.

“At AWS, we share D2L’s passion for delivering an excellent learning experience,” said Andrew Ko, Global Director of Education, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With AWS, all learners around the world using Brightspace will have the same high-quality experience and access to cutting-edge innovation.”

D2L’s Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools, universities, colleges and enterprises deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. D2L is accelerating its innovation by leveraging built-in AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elasticsearch, and the suite of AWS analytics and security services.

With AWS’s reliability, security, and availability, D2L will continue to provide its high level of service and a global, end-to-end security approach, now on one trusted infrastructure.

“D2L’s mission is to transform the way the world learns and this collaboration with AWS is a significant milestone in that journey,” stated John Baker, D2L President and CEO. “Leveraging this cloud infrastructure, we can put even more effort into further innovating our award-winning LMS. Our customers can trust that their valuable data will be stored and delivered with industry-leading reliability and security – a promise we have delivered on for the past 17 years”.

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ClearScholar showcases student engagement platform at EDUCAUSE

ClearScholar, a mobile-first student engagement platform, announced today they will be showcasing their new student engagement platform at EDUCAUSE. The ClearScholar platform gives universities a personalized, mobile engagement solution to improve student success and workforce readiness.

ClearScholar will demonstrate their new technology this week in Anaheim, Calif. at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, the premier conference for IT and technology professionals within higher education, in Start-Up Alley. At the conference, ClearScholar will look to identify additional institutional partners for its Early Adopter Program.

“We are excited to showcase our new technology with leading institutions and partners attending EDUCAUSE this year,” said Jason Konesco, chief executive officer of ClearScholar and former Harrison College president. “With ClearScholar, we are providing an entirely new way for universities to improve engagement, fuel student success and build lifelong relationships. Earlier this month, we exhibited and presented at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference, and we are excited to continue the energy from that event as we head into EDUCAUSE.”

ClearScholar’s cloud-based software provides students with a personalized mobile experience that curates events, news, and activities that align with their specific interests and needs. Administrators have access to rich analytics to make better-informed decisions and will be able to target segments of students, based on demographics or in-app behaviors, with personalized communications and interactions to drive student engagement.

ClearScholar, launched in June of 2016 out of High Alpha Studio, previously announced a unique innovation partnership with Butler University as their first customer earlier this year.

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