What University Students Find Important in Their Digital Community Technology

What University Students Find Important in Their Digital Community Technology

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve witnessed the growing importance of digital communities for universities and their role in fostering connection, especially when campus communities cannot convene in person. Developing an active and thriving higher education community platform has become an integral part of campus life, and Student Affairs leaders must innovatively drive virtual and hybrid engagement each semester. It’s not an easy feat, especially when students and staff are experiencing Zoom fatigue, and the omicron variant has shifted plans this spring. However, digital communities can be a lifesaver when it comes to lifting campus community morale. So to help provide Student…
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10 Technology Must-Haves for Universities Leveraging Hybrid Learning

10 Technology Must-Haves for Universities Leveraging Hybrid Learning

As universities prepare for the start of the spring 2022 semester on top of the omicron variant spike, virtual instruction and hybrid learning will continue to be critical. This semester, educators will have to continue to adapt and innovatively design their courses around the university's latest guidelines.  To help build upon your current strategy, we have compiled 10 technology must-haves for universities leveraging hybrid learning, to encourage your students to academically and socially thrive, this new year. 1. Prioritize student privacy - maintain a private, authenticated & secure digital classroom Adopting an advanced classroom management system will ensure your classroom…
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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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Reunion 2022: Building a Strong Alumni Community with a Digital Reunion App (4/4)

Reunion 2022: Building a Strong Alumni Community with a Digital Reunion App (4/4)

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 & welcoming up to 60% of your alumni back to campus, it’s time to discover how to build a strong alumni community with a digital reunion app. 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 of nostalgic memories,…
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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 leadership best practices to help successfully manage your first student affairs team.  1. Set expectations Early with Your Student Affairs…
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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: 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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5 Tips on How to Balance Your New Career in Higher Ed and Graduate School

5 Tips on How to Balance Your New Career in Higher Ed and Graduate School

To put it simply, you are on cloud nine. You just got hired for your dream job in higher education and were accepted into your dream graduate program. Congratulations! So, what happens now? While balancing a career in higher education and graduate school is no simple task, it certainly isn’t impossible.  There are definitive upsides to working while in graduate school, such as acquiring less debt down the road. Not to mention, you will have the advantage over a person with similar education but lacks your firsthand work experience in higher education. With extra self-discipline and advanced planning, you’ll ace…
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8 Strategies for Building the Power of Belonging at Your University for First-Year Students

8 Strategies for Building the Power of Belonging at Your University for First-Year Students

The first year of university can be a challenging transition for students. There’s an increase in responsibilities, a brand new social environment, and often no safety net to soothe related anxieties. This difficult adjustment period can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially without robust on-campus support. It’s a problem that’s increased over the pandemic and one that must be addressed at the beginning of the academic year. Implementing dynamic strategies helps foster a sense of community and social belonging for first-year students. In doing so successfully, you’ll create an environment where students feel welcome and safe, therefore setting…
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10 In-Person and Online Welcome Week Activity Ideas

10 In-Person and Online Welcome Week Activity Ideas

As students prepare for the new academic year, universities are gearing up to welcome new and returning students this Fall 2021. The pandemic, specifically the Delta variant, has been a cause of concern for many universities as they decide between predominantly in-person activities or hosting virtual events online. Whether your college leans toward one method, we wanted to help your team plan for a hybrid. Here are ten welcome week activity ideas you can execute for your students who prefer to participate on campus or for your students who would like to join in the fun remotely. 1) Food Fest…
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