Higher Education

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    Geofencing and IP address targeting: The future of higher ed marketing

Geofencing and IP address targeting: The future of higher ed marketing

Universities and colleges have had significant success in personalizing acceptance letters – from sending golden tickets to pet rocks. Students want to feel like they’re individuals, not numbers, to a school.

But what if you could apply the success of personalized acceptance letters to other spheres of your marketing and engagement strategies? What if you […]

By |November 13th, 2017|Higher Education|0 Comments|

What you need to know about the Ontario college strike

Faculty at Ontario’s 24 public colleges are entering their eleventh day of striking. While everyone – students, faculty, and the Employer Council – are hoping to get back to school soon, it looks like we’re in for a long strike. We’ve crunched the numbers for you; here’s the basics of what you need to […]

“Are adjuncts worse teachers?” is the wrong question

After years of working with Canadian colleges and universities, I’ve seen a striking growth in the number of instructors that are adjuncts – non-tenure track faculty members who work part-time and are paid per class they teach. 

According to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, over the last ten years the number of part-time teachers […]

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    What is corridor funding, and how will it affect Ontario universities’ budgets?

What is corridor funding, and how will it affect Ontario universities’ budgets?

You might have heard – Ontario universities and colleges are in for a budget shake-up. The plan was announced towards the end of 2016, after the Ontario government accepted the key recommendations in a 2015 report from former Deputy Minister Suzanne Herbert.

The new funding model has three main goals that structure a host of […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Higher Education|1 Comment|
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    4 things students expect from big data collection in their universities

4 things students expect from big data collection in their universities

I recently came across a study by higher education tech heavyweight Ellucian, called “Students Expect Data to Transform College Experience—Can Colleges Deliver?” In the study, Ellucian surveyed 1,000 U.S. college students in October 2016. A whopping 82% of them said that personal information will transform the college experience within ten years.

Let’s face it; […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Higher Education|0 Comments|

How can big data help university students graduate?

Predictive analytics – once the domain of insurance companies and sports teams – is now being harnessed by universities with struggling students.
Big data is hiding behind your music recommendations on Spotify, the movies you’re shown on Netflix, and the products “you might also like” on Amazon. The technology uses predictive analytics – collecting data […]

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    Gender bias in course evaluations – and the easiest way to reduce it

Gender bias in course evaluations – and the easiest way to reduce it

Want fairer course evaluations for female instructors? Write better questions.
It’s the end of the semester, and students’ course evaluations are trickling in. More often than not, students fill out evaluations begrudgingly, only after being urged by their professors, who understand that evaluations can be the deciding factor when it comes to tenure, awards, and […]

Solving the Instructor allocation conundrum

The FISCOT solution is a full life cycle solution.  Not just contract faculty but full time faculty can also be prioritized so that the cost for the entire semester and the academic year is optimized.  The solution takes into account the working calendar and allows the setup of individual work calendars so that the […]

The Biggest Budgeting Blunders and How to Solve Them

Whether you’re a department chair at a small college or a major research university, we know that preparing each semester’s budget is one of the most stressful and thankless parts of your job. There are so many things to consider: building overhead, office supplies and personnel are the biggies, and you know better than […]

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    Assigning Courses Got You Down? Streamline It and Get Back to the Things You Love about Being a Dean.

Assigning Courses Got You Down? Streamline It and Get Back to the Things You Love about Being a Dean.

Think back to when you first became a college administrator. Whether you’re a dean of students, a department chair, or an administrator who works primarily with other professionals rather than students, your plate is full. On top of the many tasks you must complete to contribute to the overall success of your university, assigning instructors to courses can […]