The rise of QR codes in higher education

One of St. Leo's QR codes brings students to the school's online application page.

Have you ever found yourself wanting to write down a phone number or website but without a pen or pencil? If you have not, you’re among the lucky ones. Saint Leo University, located north of Tampa, has used Quick Response (QR) codes to assist those of us who aren’t armed with a pen, and want information on the fly.

The QR code is a square composed of black modules on a white background with encoded information that can be scanned by web-connected smart phones. QR code technology has gained traction on campuses of every size over the past year as a way to connect students – and perspective students – with relevant information immediately.

You can find many QR code generator websites, but I wanted something a little more personal.  I designed our campus’s QR codes to grab the attention of Saint Leo students.…Read More

Education rules, higher, earns more

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau study, education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span in the workforce than any other demographic factor, such as gender, race and Hispanic origin, infoZine reports. For example, a worker with a professional degree is expected to make more than a worker with a eighth grade education or lower. Some groups, such as non-Hispanic white males, Asian males and Asian females, benefit more from higher levels of education than other groups over a 40-year career for those with a professional degree. White males with a professional degree make more than double (about $2.4 million more) than that of Hispanic females with the same level of education…

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