Sam Chaudhary, Co-founder & CEO
A school communication platform that makes it easy for teachers, families, and students to share what’s happening at school.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO
An online software provider, offers elementary mathematics education through its Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ platform.
Informational and instructional technology has felt like two sides of a busy street. The traffic flow of students and teachers whizzing by and pulling up to whichever side provided the needed support and resources. If students and teachers needed instructional technology tools and strategies, they pulled up to the instructional team, and if they needed assistance with peripherals, devices or connectivity, they pulled up to the informational team. However, times have changed, and both sides of the street are now working together like a pedestrian-only walkway. Tech terminology like networks, firewalls, access point, bandwidth, servers, and phone systems now include terms such as student data privacy, accessibility tools, digital equity, cybersecurity, 1:1 initiative, and BYOD. Our students are growing up in a world where learning doesn’t just happen within the brick and mortar walls of schools. Resources such as hardcover textbooks, scantron sheets, poster boards, index cards, and worksheets are being replaced organically with content management systems, collaborative documents, videos, podcasts, and educational software. Teachers and students are personalizing learning experiences thru blogs, virtual field trips, multimedia presentations, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Higher Ed is a highly collaborative work environment. Governance of universities is shared between the administration and the faculty, and even beyond that, all voices have a voice in governing the institution. This has real consequences for CIOs and other technical professionals working in Higher Ed. How does transformation happen in this environment? The only way that CIOs can effect change in this environment is to know the mission. In corporations, it’s important that IT know the *business* and partner with colleagues on the business side. A university is mission-driven, so that’s where Higher Ed CIOs must focus. Obviously, the mission focuses on teaching and learning, but universities, particularly public universities, also serve the public good. Additionally, universities also often have a mission around research. Engaging in the mission of the university means working with a broad set of stakeholders, not just faculty, staff and administration, but students. Working with students can present unique challenges for engagement.
Education Funding Partners was recognized today as a company creating the most positive overall impact on its customers and for creating powerful governance structures to protect its company mission based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. Education Funding Partners is honored in both the Best For Customers list and Best for Governance list, which include businesses that earned a score in the top 10 percent of each of those categories out of the more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies like Education Funding Partners must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab. The Customer portion of the B Impact Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers by focusing on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit and if those products/services are targeted toward serving underserved populations.
Schiller Park, IL- July 11, 2017 – Enrollment Rx, the leading provider of cloud-based Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for higher education, today announced the addition of FormBuilder Rx on the Salesforce AppExchange. FormBuilder Rx creates complex and dynamic web pages, with drag-and-drop functionality that enables administrators to easily set up forms and personalized homepages. The newest Enrollment Rx product, FormBuilder Rx, joins Enrollment Rx Core, Events Rx, and Import Rx on the AppExchange. All of Enrollment Rx’s listed products are lighting-ready, have passed the rigorous security review, and are architected to support Salesforce’s long-term vision for higher education. “FormBuilder Rx is our most exciting product release yet”, said Lawrence Levy, President of Enrollment Rx. “FormBuilder Rx allows us to . We have enormously reduced the level of effort required to deploy Salesforce’s Communities and Sites for higher education, down from many months to just a few days. And because FormBuilder Rx can work in most Salesforce environments, it can be readily installed by any Salesforce client that is wrestling with custom code for Communities and Sites pages.”
West Corporation, a leading provider of technology-enabled communication services, today announced its SchoolMessenger school community engagement platform, products and staff will be rebranded as West’s Education group. Since SchoolMessenger was acquired by West in 2014, its trusted services have been expanded and enhanced by West’s subsequent acquisitions of SchoolReach and SharpSchool. Now, all of the SchoolMessenger solutions are part of the Education group of services within West. The comprehensive SchoolMessenger product line from West includes the flagship service SchoolMessenger Communicate℠ (broadcast notification) as well as SchoolMessenger Presence℠ (website content management system), SchoolMessenger CustomApp℠ (custom mobile apps), SchoolMessenger SafeMail℠ (safe student email), SchoolMessenger SecureFile℠ (secure document delivery), SchoolMessenger K12 Social℠ (social media management), and SchoolMessenger Passport℠ (single sign on). The Education group will continue to have its offices, staff, and industry-leading support operations in Scotts Valley, California; Toronto, Canada; and St. Louis and Joplin, Missouri.
Ellucian survey finds the vast majority of administrators believe their institution will not stay competitive without integrating data across departments in the next five years
- Prospective students are increasingly considering personalized communication in their decision on which institution to attend.
- Students expect the large amounts of data they provide during the recruitment process to be reflected back in tailored communications and experiences.
- Institutions can use student lifecycle data to better capitalize on the connection alumni have to their alma mater and overcome barriers to giving.
TRUMBULL, CT – 26 July, 2017 — Questionmark, an industry leader in assessment management technology, today announced it has achieved the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management.
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognized information security management standard which ensures organizations apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security. ISO 27001 ensures that process, technical and people controls are in place and audited to protect confidentiality, integrity and availability of data on an ongoing basis. The certification was achieved after in-depth assessment by a third-party accredited team of auditors at BSI (British Standards Institution). John Kleeman, Questionmark’s Executive Director and Founder and security business lead, commented, “We work with many high-risk industries such as banks, government agencies and healthcare organizations who entrust us with their data and who need assurances on security. We’re very proud to have achieved this independent certification and joined the ranks of a select few. It is a testament to Questionmark’s dedication to implementing robust security controls, and the importance we place on the protection of our customer data.”