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4 Strategies to Build a Thriving First Year Student Experience Program for Mobile-First Students and their Families

4 Strategies to Build a Thriving First Year Student Experience Program for Mobile-First Students and their Families

The First Year Student Experience has always been critical to ensuring that students feel  included and confident transitioning into their first year of college. But, in recent years, especially with the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, the FYE program has had to transform to meet the dynamic needs of incoming students and their families. When it comes to mobile-first students it’s time to shift and upgrade the FYE leveraging modern technology to advance it. With that in mind, we’ve compiled four must-haves when supporting long term student success to help students feel a strong sense of belonging throughout their academic…
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Raftr Support: November 30 Update

Raftr Support: November 30 Update

All platforms: DM and PMG updates Include segments/pages for PMG's for Chat, Events, and Polls (the latter two depend on the Channel having at least one Event or Poll to show) Replaced bookmark, file, and media archives for DM's with filters in the conversation view Updated Raft Settings menu to include Chat (Basic) / Chat & Channels (Premium) section, pulling these settings up a higher level from the Content section Updated Raftr users in Directories and Guides to include the newly introduced Discord and TikTok social profiles, when the users have added them to their Profiles Android: Adding options to join Rafts…
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Reunion 2022: How to Build a Strong Digital Alumni Community with an Alumni Reunion App (Part 4 of 4)

Reunion 2022: How to Build a Strong Digital Alumni Community with an Alumni Reunion App (Part 4 of 4)

Now that we’ve reviewed the significance of the 2022 alumni reunion, navigated how to optimize alumni engagement, and provided best practices for event logistics and organizing to handle up to 60% of your alumni back to campus it’s time to discover how to leverage an alumni reunion app to strengthen your digital alumni community.  With an alumni app, take advantage of these eight modern technological features to build a thriving alumni community online and build alumni engagement all throughout the year.  1. Spark alumni conversations with group channels dedicated to each prior graduating class Each graduating class has their recollection…
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Student Affairs Leadership: How to Successfully Manage Your First Team

Student Affairs Leadership: How to Successfully Manage Your First Team

As a new student affairs professional, managing a team all on your own might be uncharted territory. It can be a nerve-wracking experience to suddenly be responsible for so many employees looking to you for feedback and guidance. But you’re ready for the challenge!  Thanks to your training and education in student affairs, you are more than equipped to be an effective team leader. It’s all about honing in your strategy and following through with the application. Follow these eight student affairs leadership best practices to help expertly manage your first team. 1. Set expectations Early with Your Student Affairs…
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Raftr Support: November 9 Update

Raftr Support: November 9 Update

All platforms: Enabled adding Discord and TikTok social media accounts on Profile Some fixes and improvements Updated onboarding to better distinguish account creation from login options Updated the Share option on items on all List post types to link directly to that item (instead of the Post its on) Updated text when deleting Channels Show the most recent Event on a Channel’s Events page when there are no upcoming Events Android: Enabled deleting Rafts Continued cobranding support Continued metrics updates Some fixes and improvements Refreshed the “card” view for regular Posts Updated contextual create options throughout the app to make…
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Reunion 2022: 5 Pro Tips to Help Plan for Multiple Alumni Reunions (Part 3 of 4)

Reunion 2022: 5 Pro Tips to Help Plan for Multiple Alumni Reunions (Part 3 of 4)

Planning a large event like a multi year alumni reunion requires dynamic qualities. According to respondents from a research study, the top five most important event planning skills are: people skills, organization, time management, flexibility and passion. These characteristics are even more valuable when alumni committees are preparing for multi-reunions for up to 60% of their alumni.  There’s no doubt that your alumni relations team and reunion planning committee possess even more than these talents, and will host an extraordinary event. If anything, we want to contribute to your initiative and help make it less stressful and more streamlined. It’s…
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Reunion 2022: How to Optimize Alumni Community Engagement for the 2022 Reunion (Part 2 of 4)

Reunion 2022: How to Optimize Alumni Community Engagement for the 2022 Reunion (Part 2 of 4)

Alumni reunions are the most anticipated university activity for college graduates. It’s a celebration where former classmates and friends are invited to reconnect, reminisce over memories from decades past, and learn what others have been up to since their last encounter. Jerome Short, a psychology professor at George Mason University said in an article, “In the college years, we had goals of identity establishment and emotional intimacy in relationships. A reunion allows us to fill in details of our life stories.” While social media has become the go-to source for your alumni network, the pandemic has reminded us of the…
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Raftr Support: October 19 Update

Raftr Support: October 19 Update

All platforms: Continued metrics updates Updated messages and navigation after creating content Android: Introduced views counts on Posts Replaced bookmark, file, and media archives for default Channels with filters in the conversation view Enabled support for admin-selected default page (Home vs. Campus) on Portal Some fixes and improvements: Improved reply gestures in chat Updated some onboarding text and graphics Updated UI for the "see all" view for Pinned content on Rafts A variety of small UI tweaks to get to spec on the Campus page Updated content on Home page to reflect various statuses like frozen or restricted Updated Rafts'…
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Reunion 2022: The Significance of the 2022 Alumni Reunion (Part 1 of 4)

Reunion 2022: The Significance of the 2022 Alumni Reunion (Part 1 of 4)

The pandemic has impacted universities worldwide along with the beloved traditions and activities that campus communities look forward to on an annual basis. Since early 2020, most universities have either chosen to innovate and safely plan remote activities or otherwise delay on-campus experiences such as homecoming, family weekends, and class reunions. As more positive health-related progress has been made in comparison to the start of the pandemic, these universities are finally planning to make good on that delayed rain check, set dates, distribute invitations, and prepare for the ultimate 2022 alumni multi-reunion. But, university reunions of 2022 will look quite…
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Raftr Support: September 28 Update

Raftr Support: September 28 Update

All platforms: Continued metrics improvements, including new option for tracking "claimed" accounts more accurately Some fixes and improvements: Enabled hiding the Channels section on Premium Rafts when there are no Channels to show there Renamed carousel on app-level Events page to "Popular Events" Removed the Raft carousel on the News page Updated Events section on Home page to include AGC Android: Continued cobranding support Updated app icon and Play Store screenshots Some fixes and improvements like preventing some crashes and updating navigation from the Home page's All section iOS: Continued cobranding support Refreshed UI for Raft Home pages, including some…
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