It's no secret that colleges and universities have transformed over the past few decades. Institutions continually develop new programs for merging labor market demands. Programs are delivered in different ways - some through distance learning, shortened formats, or with new experiential learning elements. The student population is also changing. A more diverse population of students are enrolling in higher ed than ever before. However, one aspect of higher ed has not kept up with these changes - technology.
While consumers are streaming content, receiving personalized online shopping recommendations, and checking in online for doctor's appointments, higher ed administrators still don't have modern-day academic planning software that serves their needs. Administrative processes involve shuffling paper, keeping track of countless email chains, and coordinating spreadsheets from all over the institution. Mark Britton, Registrar at Ashland University put it best:
"So many of our systems within education are focused on the way education used to be. You had classes all start and end on the same day. All classes were in a classroom with chalk boards. Since then, we've invented different schedules, terms, ways of delivering information."
However, it doesn't have to be this way. Academic operations solutions can help administrators manage their curriculum, catalog, and course scheduling seamlessly. Outside of reducing the administrator headache from manual data entry and disparate processes, institutions can help achieve other initiatives including:
While adopting new technology solutions can be intimidating, it's vital for administrative processes to keep up with the transformation of the rest of the institution.
"The thought of switching platforms can be daunting, but you have to ask yourself what have you compromised with your current vendor? What practices and solutions have you said ok we'll do it that way but you really don't like it? We forget that there are other ways we can do it." - Jennifer Creech, AVP for Student Success and Registrar at Chaminade University
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