Improving Student Retention through Online Support

by Patrick

We all know that for many students, college is just one part of a busy life that’s spent balancing work, family, and friendships. And ironically, the same flexibility that allows students to shape their course schedules around other obligations can put them at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing support services. Often, students who take night classes, weekend courses, or use remote learning tools have a difficult time plugging into those services that are campus-based and follow a more traditional 9-5 schedule.

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Libraries Revolutionized: The Spread of BYOD from Businesses to Libraries

by Patrick

A recent NPR story highlights how libraries are changing from institutions for book storage to spheres for public gathering. Rather than simply being a space where people consume information,modern libraries are now a space where people create. From businesses to novels, a lot of this creative activity has forced libraries to shift toward technology.

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5 Factors of Enrollment and Retention Success for 2014

by Patrick

With 2014 just around the corner, now is the perfect time for institutions to review their enrollment and retention goals for the new year and make those key operational refinements that can often mean the difference between success and failure. Enrollment Builders’ continued work with clients of all sizes has allowed us to distill the most essential components of building and maintaining a winning enrollment and retention program. As you look toward 2014 with the optimism that comes from clear strategy and concerted effort, keep these five factors of enrollment and retention success top-of-mind:

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Recruit, Retain, and Graduate: The Benefits of Prior Learning Assessments

by Patrick

A Prior Learning Assessment (or PLA), is an evaluation that reviews an individual’s educational experiences that take place outside traditional classroom environments. From military service to open-source coursework and from professional experience to volunteering, a PLA factors in ‘the learning of life’ with the goal of applying it toward college credit, certification, or as a basis for further education.

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Why Marketing and Recruitment Integration Is Essential to Success

by Patrick

Enrollment Builders will be exhibiting at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning this week at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida November 20, 2013 - November 22, 2013. The theme is - Online Learning: A Universe of Opportunities.

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Making the Grade: An Overview of Google Apps for Education

by Patrick

For a few years now, SaaS, or software as a service has been challenging business-as-usual in higher education technology. And happily for students, faculty, and institutions’ budgets, Google Apps for Education is leading the way at no cost. Google Apps is built around a set of cloud-based services that include email, hosting, word processing, and file storage and file collaboration tools. The benefit for institutions is clear; Google Apps allows colleges and universities to ‘plug and play’—leveraging valuable technology without huge investments in planning and development, data centers, and IT staff.

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3 Signs It's Time To Re-assess Your SIS For Enrollment Management

by Patrick

By Martin Lind

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Just the Facts: Obama’s College Affordability Plan

by Patrick

In late August, President Obama unveiled the details of his administration’s College Affordability Plan to curb the cost of higher education. While specifics of the plan can be found on the White House’s fact sheet, we wanted to examine the broader pieces here and explore what each could mean for institutions across the country.

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Service Highlight: Integrated Marketing Assessment and Enrollment Operations Assessment

by Patrick

From time-to-time we like to take a break from covering industry news exclusively and let readers and potential clients get to know Enrollment Builders better. After all, market information and insight is most valuable when it’s applied to drive an institution’s goals forward and feed into specific and well-considered initiatives. With that in mind, let’s examine two of Enrollment Builders’ key assessments – assessments that our consultants are consistently asked to perform for institutions of all sizes and two that we think can provide institutions with immediate benefits.

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Is Online Education Replacing On-Campus Education?

by Patrick

In 2007 Canada saw the potential of using the internet for education. For people living in rural areas the internet reduces the distance and cost of education. In the 6 years between 2007 and 2013, the internet has changed education more than anyone could have possibly predicted. Education from one particular university can now impact the world through the internet. It begs the question whether online education is replacing on-campus education.

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