Maintaining Positivity, Motivation Can Help Job Search Process, MU Reseacher Finds
Currently, many recent college graduates still face the daunting task of searching for a job. While the job search process can be long and exhausting, a University of Missouri researcher has found that maintaining positivity and staying motivated can lead to a more successful job search.
Why Attitude is More Important Than Aptitude When Hiring a Student Researcher
When it comes to hiring a student researcher, an apprentice for your work, attitude can often be more important than aptitude. It matters less what your employees can do or what qualifications they have, because they can always be trained on specific skill sets for the business. What matters more is the attitude that they have and whether or not they will approach work with an enthusiastic, creative and team-player mind-set.
At APSCU 2012, we had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Marcus, founder of Ed-Impact Consulting. While Ed-Impact is a relatively new consulting operation, Jeff has been working in the field for 20 years. His focus at Ed-Impact is three-fold. The first is consulting with nursing students, or schools with nursing programs; 80 percent of students seek to be a nurse, only 20 percent can pass the test, maintains Jeff— so what happens to the rest? Ed-Impact helps guide these students at the admissions stage into programs in which they can be successful. Ed-Impact also provides admissions training and marketing analysis. We enjoyed learning more about Ed-Impact, and thank Jeff for stopping by to speak with us at APSCU!
At APSCU 2012, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Burton, Vice President of Academic Services at Courseload. Focused on digitizing academic content, Courseload aims to progress the higher education realm through lowering costs and improving learning outcomes. Courseload’s cloud-based system is what Burton calls “content and device agnostic.” We asked Burton about the digitization process, how analytics are created from digital content, and which institutions utilize Courseload. We were excited to learn more about the direction that course content is headed, and appreciated Mr. Burton taking the time to speak with us!
We had the opportunity to speak with Matt Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, and the co-founder and former CEO of Blackboard. Motivated by education and lifelong learning, Pittinsky joined Parchment, a company dedicated analyzing and applying the data within credentials and transcripts. As Pittinsky tells us, at the center of education are credentials. Through Parchment, higher ed institutions, as well as students, are able to release the power within the data provided in credentials and transcripts. Together, we discussed what products and services Parchment can offer, including Docufide, what role they play in academic analytics, and exactly how institutions can utilize this data. We thank Dr. Pittinsky for taking the time to speak with us!
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Trace Urdan with Wells Fargo Securities. As Trace sat down with us in Las Vegas, he discussed current events with us, including the government’s regulatory involvement in the sector, competition from the traditional sector in the marketplace, and of course, hopes for the future of the education sector. Trace also went into a little more detail about his personal opinions regarding laudable efforts to improve regulations, as well as the current economy and its impending implications. We had a great time chatting with Trace, and thank him for taking the time to speak with us at APSCU 2012.
Jami Morshed, , Three Rivers Systems
At APSCU 2012, we were excited to have the opportunity to speak with Jami Morshed, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Three Rivers Systems, touted as “The only truly disruptive academic ERP serving higher education.” And how exactly is Three Rivers Systems disruptive? According to Jami, by coming into an established market but offering innovative technology that can change the order of business, Three Rivers Systems is able to essentially do what Netflix did to Blockbuster. We asked Jami what it takes to adopt these systems for schools, the implementation process the process, and which establishments can benefit most from Three Rivers Systems services. As Jami says, institutions are often bogged down by tasks that don’t advance their original purpose—to educate the public—and Three Rivers Systems seeks to help institutions focus on that important goal. We enjoyed our chat with Jami, and appreciated him taking the time to chat with us. Bogged down with tasks other than their original purpose—to educate students.
Does he really need an introduction? What’s a visit to Vegas without the King himself—Elvis! Elvis stopped by at APSCU 2012 to say hello, and even serenade us! We thank Elvis for stepping in front of the camera with us-- Viva Las Vegas!
LeadiD had a unique vision to allow Lead Buyers (Schools, Agencies, and Aggregators) and Lead Sellers (Organic Lead Providers, Call Centers and Aggregators) to operate in a trusted environment. The LeadiD Platform has been developed in collaboration with lead providers and lead buyers to provide an independent neutral technology. LeadiD allows Lead Sellers to definitively prove that they are generating and selling authentic quality leads. LeadiD allows Lead Buyers to make the best decisions about the leads they buy based on the true history and origin of the lead. For an easy analogy, think of LeadiD as the issuing agency of an auto VIN number, a Universal LeadiD, combined with the definitive data of the CarFax Report, a LeadiD Audit. Founded in January 2011, LeadiD traces its roots to conceptual conversations as early as 2007, when industry insiders and influencers began discussing how to solve the last fundamental problem in lead generation.
Keith Hampson Interviews Josh Keller on Interactive Graphics for Higher Education
Josh, I’ve long been a fan of your information graphics that you’ve produced for the Chronicle. What do you see as the value and purpose for creating these kinds of materials for its readers?
Ryan Busch Interviews Joshua Sine, Director of New Student Services and Programs, Dixie State College of Utah
Enrollment and admissions are in the cloud. No, seriously. I interviewed Joshua Sine about the work he's done at Dixie State College of Utah to improve efficiency in the process of working with new and prospective students. Dixie State College recently adopted a cloud-based system from Enrollment RX for this purpose. From the sound of it, Sine is pleased with the improvements.
Solving the Student Debt Problem
Two-thirds of all students now borrow and the average amount borrowed spiked 5 percent in the last year alone, to approximately $25,000, while one in 10 students borrow in excess of $40,000. Meanwhile, the national federal student loan cohort default rate rose for the fourth straight year and reached its highest mark since 1997. Default is just the tip of the iceberg...
continue to discover a whole host of opportunities related to "the
cloud". DuraSpace's DuraCloud service represents perhaps one of the most
valuable innovations I've heard to date--particularly if you are a college or
university and you are trying to protect the wealth of digital assets produced
by your institution. I spoke with Michele Kimpton, CEO of DuraSpace, about how
her organization is improving the preservation of digital assets and reducing
the cost at the same time.
Ryan Busch Interviews Nivine Megahed and Joselyn Zivin from National Louis University about Groupon for Enrollment
According to Nivine Megahed, National Louis University (NLU) has a history of innovation. Even so, in September NLU became the first university to use the social coupon service Groupon as an enrollment vehicle. Joselyn Zivin, NLU's VP of Marketing, joined Nivine and I to talk about this innovative idea--the timing for this interview couldn't be better as NLU's first class of 17 Groupon adopters ended on Monday 12/05/2011, five of whom are exploring regular admission to NLU.
Lou Pugliese and I spoke at EDUCAUSE 2011 and our conversation left me with the sense that his company functions more like a partner than an overbearing LMS heavy weight. Moodlerooms is definitely an organization worth getting to know.