This Week in Review – Feb. 19th to Feb. 25th

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Enterprise Resource Planning – North Arkansas College

College Board Approves Information System

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees has voted to implement a new information technology system paid for largely through a federal grant.

The Board met in special session early Tuesday morning to discuss a proposal from College President Dr. Randy Esters.

They narrowed those selections down to two and had those companies go to the college for demonstrations.

Source: Harrison Daily Times


Grants – Polish Universities Consortia

Elsevier and Polish Universities Consortia Leader IMC Sign Agreement to Provide Nation-wide University Access to SciVal

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, announced its agreement with the Polish Universities Consortia Leader, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (IMC), to provide nation-wide university access to SciVal, Elsevier’s analytics solution to track and measure research performance.

Access to SciVal will enable university leaders and managers across Polish universities to analyze and visualize bibliometric research data for 8,500 research institutions across 220 nations. This supports them in their strategic planning, research assessment reviews and allows for tracking research performance and comparing with other institutions worldwide.

Source: Cision PR Newswire


Learning Management System – Sonoma State University

Campus Reacts to Possible Switch from Moodle to Canvas

A proposed switch from Moodle to a new learning management system known as “Canvas” has some Sonoma State University faculty members concerned that it could threaten all of the hours of work they have done in building their courses, and inputting test questions, on Moodle.

The proposed switch to a new learning management system called “Canvas” may have flown under many students radar, but the approaching Spring decision deadline raises concerns. “I can’t figure out why administrators are pushing for something that the vast majority of faculty don’t want,” said Dr. Elizabeth Stanny, professor of accounting at Sonoma State.

Source: Sonoma State Star


Retention – Austin Community College

ACC Considers, Then Drops, Plan to Outsource Student Advising

Austin Community College, determined to improve retention and graduation rates, recently took the rare step of inviting companies to bid for a contract to help students earn degrees or certificates.

But last week, the college decided against awarding a contract after receiving sealed bids from three Austin-based nonprofits: Capital IDEA, College Forward and Goodwill Central Texas.

“The bids received were not practical in terms of cost and delivery of service,” said Jessica Vess, an ACC spokeswoman. Proposed costs and other details of the bids were not disclosed publicly.

Source: myStatesman


Textbooks – Immaculata University

Follett Selected to Operate Immaculata Campus Store

Immaculata University has transitioned its campus store from Barnes & Noble to Follett Higher Education on Feb. 15, 2018, bringing affordable course material options and fresh product assortments to the campus community.

With this new collaboration between Follett and Immaculata University, students and faculty will benefit from Follett’s expansive inventory of affordable course material choices. Cost-saving print options include used books as well as Follett’s text rental program that saves students up to 80 percent compared to purchasing new titles. New store services include Follett’s popular price match program, which helps ensure students get their materials at the lowest cost possible, and their year-round buyback program, which allows students to sell back their used books.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

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