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Student Information System for Higher Education – The Guide

What is a Student Information System (SIS)? A student information system (SIS) is like a giant electronic filing cabinet with a digital manila folder on each of your students. It’s housed in one central location, allowing all the key players like admissions, registrar office, financial aid, billing and student services to access and add pertinent…

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Selecting a Learning Management System (LMS) – What You Need to Know

A Learning Management System (LMS) is software that universities can use to plan, develop, deliver, and assess the online portions of an educational program, whether that is an extension of an in-person class, or native eLearning. An LMS provides tools to Create, manage and deliver educational content Monitor student participation Assess student performance A good LMS…

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Understanding Gainful Employment Regulations

When boiled down, education is primarily about experience and outcome. Prospective students and families weighing their college and/or career preparation options often consider several key factors—among them, affordability and financial aid, program completion time, courses of study, location and potential co-curricular or professional opportunities. And while students are often trying to piece together the educational…

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The Definitive Guide to Title IV Student Financial Aid

Financial aid plays a critical role in making college an affordable option for many families, often rendering it an enrollment lifeline, particularly for smaller, tuition-driven institutions. Federal student financial assistance programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended. So, whether you’re just…

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Higher Education Accreditation: First Things to Know

The process of accreditation is complex for institutions of higher education–and has been changing significantly over the past few years. To get a handle on the process as it is now, you should understand: The effects for-profit institutions are having on accreditation How the reputational balance between regional and national accreditors is changing The implications…

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Three Data Migration Options For a New Student Information System

When a higher education institution is implementing a new student information system, one of the biggest decisions is determining the best data migration process for the existing data. Porting all the legacy data into a new system usually requires time, money and resources. But there are different approaches depending on your school size, budget and…

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5 Ways A Student Information System Saves You Money

Sometimes it can be hard to quantify the value of a Student Information System (SIS). You know you need one because it provides necessary user interfaces and critical data for strategic decision making, but does it really translate to the bottom line, and save the institution valuable costs and resources? The answer is a definitive…

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An Integrated Student Information System is Your Best Friend for Retaining Students

Student retention is a big challenge for any educational institution. On average, over 30% of college students will not complete their first year, which affects resource allocation and hurts a school’s bottom line. There are many contributing factors to these dropout rates including a student’s academic self-confidence, institutional support, social involvement, and socioeconomic status. Some…

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Student Management Software – Integrated ERP or Best of Breed

Deciding on a single fully-integrated ERP system or multiple Best-of-Breeds? For educational institutions, performing tasks like nurturing prospects, providing portals for students and faculty, maintaining ongoing relationships with graduates while managing financial operations and compliance regulations presents challenges that require a significant investment in student management software.  Each task is part of a separate functional…

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Evaluating a Student Information System (SIS) – Part 2

SaaS vs On-premise: What are the Costs? In the first part of our series, Evaluating a Student Information System, I outlined the major risks to consider when selecting a SaaS or on-premise solution. But now the big question, which  goes hand-in-hand with the risks… what are the costs?  Although the costs in the near-term can…

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