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Project Hope Alliance Joins Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action With ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Provide a Brighter Future for Homeless Children and Their Parents
March 04, 2014
Project Hope Alliance has become the newest partner in the ed2go/Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action agreement. The agreement includes a scholarship-matching program, which will provide a total of 50 Career Online High School (COHS) scholarships to homeless parents in Orange County, California.
“Thirty percent of the parents we serve do not have more than a ninth grade education,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “COHS is a tool to empower the parents to invest in and support their children’s education.”
Established in 1989, Project Hope Alliance is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness. Project Hope works to eliminate barriers to academic performance and cognitive development created by the circumstances of childhood homelessness. By providing opportunities for the parents themselves to increase their level of educational attainment, the organization helps undereducated parents increase household earning as well as their ability to share in the educational development of their children without a sense of shame or incompetence.
WWE® Awards THREE $10,000 Scholarships to Full Sail Students
March 03, 2014
Winter Park, Fla. and Stamford, Conn., - WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded three $10,000 scholarships to the following deserving Full Sail University students:
• Claribel Ross, a Full Sail University Film graduate and current Entertainment Business student from Chelsea, Mass.
• Hamza Aboufirass, a Full Sail Film student from Marrakesh, Morocco.
• Hunter Haines, a Full Sail Film student from Dublin, Ohio.
This brings the number of scholarships awarded to Full Sail students by WWE to six, for a total of $60,000 since they began their partnership with Full Sail in May, 2012.
These scholarships will be applied toward the recipient’s areas of study within the university. WWE selected Ross, Aboufirass, and Haines to receive this scholarship for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent and maintaining good academic standing, while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT® events at Full Sail University.
“We are humbled by the continued dedication from WWE in recognizing the efforts and dreams of our students by supporting their educational journey through this scholarship program,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “We are also thrilled to have served as the destination for the very first live in-ring event streamed on the groundbreaking WWE Network.”
“NXT Arrival made history last week becoming the first-ever, in-ring event to be live streamed on WWE Network,” said Paul Levesque WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “It is only fitting that we award these scholarships to Full Sail University students that have served as an integral part of the NXT production team.”
Hollywood Comes to Daytona College
Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius Star Jonathan Antin Offers Hands-On Training to Students
February 28, 2014
ORMOND BEACH, Fl.--Hollywood celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Antin, who has starred in highly acclaimed television shows from ABC’s Extreme Makeover to Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius, has joined the advisory board at Daytona College. Jonathan Antin visited campus on Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27 to share the hottest trends from the world of styling with the school’s Cosmetology students. During his three-day visit, Antin spent two days lecturing and demonstrating techniques on live models and a third day working directly with students and advising them as they worked with clients at The Spa at Daytona College.
Area residents were offered a limited number of haircut and style, or color, haircut and style appointments during three timeslots. A full-service salon and spa, The Spa at Daytona College offers an extensive listing of professional salon services at discounted prices. Students finely hone the skills of their craft under the close supervision of highly-trained, licensed instructors.
“We are honored to have Jonathan Antin as part of our Advisory Board Team. We are thrilled to have Jonathan share his extensive years of expertise and insight in the world of beauty with our talented Advisory Board Team Members and Cosmetology students,” said Nancy Bradley, President of Daytona College.
Education Technology Veterans Join Helix Education
February 25, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Helix Education (previously Datamark), a world class provider of student lifecycle technologies and services, has expanded its executive committee to include thought leaders and education technology experts who have decades of experience working for and with colleges and universities. The executive committee will oversee the further development, implementation and support of the company’s solutions, which are designed to help schools more effectively find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“We feel fortunate to have such an accomplished and innovative group of education veterans on our team,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. ”I’m thrilled to be working with some of these talented people again, and have been extremely impressed by the caliber of the entire group. They bring extensive insight and new ideas for ways we can increase educational access and support. They understand the challenges that institutions and students face, and they have the drive to take our solutions and the entire education experience to a higher level.”
Since Schnittman joined Helix Education in late 2013, following long tenures at Pearson eCollege and TopSchool, he has expanded its leadership and collaborated with them to create the company’s new student lifecycle vision. Joining Helix Education and reporting to Schnittman are John Dobbertin, General Manager of Enterprise Services and Platforms, and Carey Hilderbrand, General Manager of Marketing Services. The expanded executive committee also leverages the skills of key personnel from the former company Datamark, as well as those who joined as a result of its Altius Education acquisition.
Florida Department of Corrections Celebrates 100th Graduate of Online High School Diploma Program
February 25, 2014
A recent scene at Madison Correctional Institution was not what you would expect of a state penitentiary. Eighteen men lined up to walk across a stage and shake hands with the prison’s warden as well as a superintendent of a school district. These men were 18 of the Florida Department of Corrections 22 most recent success stories—inmates who had completed their high school education from an Internet-based program offered via high-security computer workstations inside of the prison.
The program, now live at seven correctional institutions across the state, is the first of its kind. It enables inmates to complete a high school diploma plus credentialed career certificate online. Delivering the program online drastically reduces costs for the prison by eliminating the need for seat time, classroom space, and additional staffing. While security concerns have left the correctional community reluctant to adapt Internet-based programs in spite of the cost savings, Smart Horizons Career Online Education—the district that delivers the program—developed the technology to eliminate that risk.
Datamark Changes Name to Helix Education
February 13, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, a longtime leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, today announced that it has changed its name to Helix Education, reflecting its growth and expansion across the student lifecycle. The company has broadened its technology and service solutions, which are underpinned by big data, to help schools find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“As Helix Education, we are redefining what it means to effectively support the needs of students throughout the entire education experience, making it more productive and meaningful,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. “There are so many opportunities to connect with and track students, from the first time they inquire about a program, throughout the admissions and learning process. Through technology and big data, schools can gain greater visibility into each student’s progress. They can make better decisions – decisions that are relevant to students’ needs along the way – and in turn, achieve better outcomes.”
In 2013, the company acquired the technology assets of Altius Education with the intention of further developing the infrastructure. This includes enrollment management and student retention systems, as well as Helix, a competency-based online learning platform recognized by EDUCAUSE and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation as a promising technology to support breakthrough learning models.
Private Online School District Battles America’s High School Dropout Crisis and Offers a Solution to Educational Trauma
February 13, 2014
Students who have been failed by the traditional education system are finding success in an alternative online career-based program with student support as its cornerstone. Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s partnerships with public and private entities ranging from non-profits to prisons to corporations enables the district to reach various types of learners.
Dr. Howard Liebman
Dr. Howard Liebman founded Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in late 2009 with one central mission in mind—to reach the approximately 45 million adults in the U.S. population who do not have a high school education and prepare them for the workplace.
“There is a growing dropout crisis in the United States. I believe Smart Horizons Career Online Education is beginning to serve an increasingly significant function in addressing this crisis that affects so many in our nation’s underserved populations,” Dr. Liebman said.
Mother of Two Reaches for her Ultimate Career Goal in Radiology by Earning her Online High School Diploma with Career Online High School
February 04, 2014
Delma Davila knew that finishing high school was a necessary step to reach her career goals, but she needed the right program to fit her lifestyle. As a busy mom and stepmom of two active boys, she sought a school that would offer her flexibility to work toward her education while still having time to watch her kids.
She found that balance of work and home by earning her high school diploma from Career Online High School (COHS) offered through Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). COHS enables students to prepare for a career through a dual online high school diploma and certificate program.
This innovative approach to gaining a high school diploma is accomplished via online courses, which are complemented with support from academic teachers in a classroom setting or “learning lab” located at a SHCOE-partnered career college. The COHS learning lab offers both academic assistance and access to computers. Delma benefitted from the blend of onsite resources and an online learning experience.
Full Sail University Adds Music Festival to 5th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Schedule - February 19-21, 2014
February 03, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce the addition of a three-day music festival to the 5th Annual Hall of Fame celebration featuring nationally and locally recognized bands and artists performing live on Full Sail’s campus. The Hall of Fame music festival will also include gaming exhibits, film screenings, food trucks and more.
This year’s Hall of Fame Music Festival, sponsored by WWE®, will feature performances by: Beartoe, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Courrier, Jeremy Ellis, Melodime, Solillaquists of Sound, The Pauses, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and many more. Admission to the music festival is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 12pm daily and performances held on the university’s Hollywood-style backlot from 3pm to 9pm. Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with supporting sponsors WWE, Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Co., Murphy Lighting Systems, and Sennheiser.
During Hall of Fame week, guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring new and past Hall of Fame inductees and industry leaders from notable companies including, but not limited to, ESPN, Sony, and WWE. Select events within the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students and the public.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 28, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Career Online High School is now available to students preparing for automotive technology careers through a new partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute (AATI).
SHCOE is the world's first SACS accredited online high school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.
Full Sail University Announces Graduate Results for The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards
January 27, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 20 graduates worked on 16 GRAMMY®-winning projects across 20 categories at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (www.grammy.com), which aired live on CBS, Sunday, January 26, 2014 and was hosted by LL Cool J.
Of these graduates, one alum, Sebastian Krys, earned a GRAMMY® award of his very own for his work as Composer, Engineer and Producer on La Santa Cecilia’s “Treinta Dias.” In total, 64 Full Sail graduates and one current student were credited on 53 artists’ releases that were nominated across 42 separate categories.
Adapt Courseware Releases Foundations of Reading and Writing Curriculum
January 27, 2014
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive multimedia that individualizes each student’s learning experience, has released Foundations of Reading and Writing, providing interactive, developmental curriculum where students can achieve the basic skills needed for college-level English. Adapt Courseware’s competency-based learning approach appropriately tailors content and activities so each student can learn in the most effective and efficient way possible.
“Research tells us that as many as 40 percent of first-time college students enroll in at least one remedial course,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “Yet, most online courses do very little to motivate these students and address their unique learning situations and styles. Personalized, visual, active content that adapts to students’ own knowledge and aptitude can not only help them gain the necessary skills and competencies, but also give them the confidence that they can succeed.”
Full Sail University Graduated Contribute to Grammy® Nominated Releases
January 22, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL. – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 64 Full Sail University graduates and one current student have worked on 53 artist releases nominated for GRAMMYs® at the 56th Annual Awards airing live on Sunday, January 26, 2014 on CBS.
During this year's awards, Full Sail University graduates and students have contributed to numerous artist projects nominated across 42 categories including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Gospel Song, and Best R&B Album, just to name a few. Full Sail University graduates have worked on 17 GRAMMY®-award winning Album of the Year releases over the past 24 years.
Rasmussen College Announces Public Benefit Corporation Status
January 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Rasmussen College announced today its transition from a traditional for-profit corporation to a Public Benefit Corporation. The change in corporate status reflects the commitment of the College to a higher standard of transparency, accountability and public service while harnessing the power of business to make a positive impact on society. Through the Public Benefit Corporation designation, Rasmussen College joins more than 850 companies spanning 60 industries.
Since its founding in 1900, the private College has continuously been recognized for offering education and outreach services that extend to its student population and beyond to make its communities a better place to live, grow and learn. As a Public Benefit Corporation, the College will be able to expand on its mission to provide even more services to communities and focus volunteer efforts on meeting the diverse educational needs of individuals.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the Computer Systems Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 21, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Career Online High School is now available to students in the state of Illinois through a new partnership with the Computer Systems Institute.
SHCOE is the world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.
Brown Mackie College System of Schools Signs on to Clinton Global Initiative "Commitment to Action" with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go, Launching New High School Scholarship Program
January 14, 2014
The Brown Mackie College system of schools (“Brown Mackie College”) has signed on as a partner in ed2go/Smart Horizon Career Online Education’s (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “Commitment to Action” to re-engage high school dropouts back into the educational system. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.
Brown Mackie College will fund 32 scholarships in high-demand employment areas such as retail and food services. SHCOE and ed2go will match these scholarships with an additional 32, allowing Brown Mackie College to offer a total of 64 scholarships.
Additionally, as a part of this commitment, Brown Mackie College will support Career Online High School students by offering them the opportunity to take their Career Online High School classes in the computer lab of a Brown Mackie College facility.
PlattForm Announces Steve Fireng as New CEO
January 13, 2014
LENEXA, Kan. – PlattForm, a leading provider of comprehensive marketing solutions to colleges and universities worldwide, has announced the hiring of Steve Fireng as CEO. He succeeds founder Michael Platt, who continues as executive chairman.
PlattForm is a portfolio company of Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based, growth-oriented investment firm with more than $5 billion of assets under management.
Fireng, a 25-year veteran in postsecondary education, previously was president and CEO of Pearson Embanet, which provides resources for academic institutions to finance, launch, market and support successful online programs. Fireng was instrumental in the growth of Embanet, which led to its acquisition by Pearson.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of PlattForm with Steve taking over the reins," said Platt. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in both the for-profit and public sectors of higher education and, more importantly, he’s an innovator with a commitment to growing business by growing people.” Platt will offer insights and assistance to Fireng.
Gale Partners with Career Online High School to Deliver Accredited High School Diploma Program through Public Libraries Nationwide
January 10, 2014
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses, announced today the launch of Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community.
The dropout crisis in the United States has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Every 26 seconds another student gives up on school, resulting in more than 1 million American dropouts a year, or 7,000 every day. Today, there are nearly 40 million Americans without a high school diploma and there are limited options available for students age twenty-two and older who are looking to return to high school. People lacking a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed, impoverished, and incarcerated—and are estimated to cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare and medical costs. Career Online High School addresses this crisis by providing adults access to a supportive academic environment and engaging curriculum that emphasizes the practical skills students will need in the workplace.
Children’s Home Society Of Florida Helps Homeless Young Woman Earn Her High School Diploma through the Smart Horizons Career Online Education High School Program
January 07, 2014
Nafissatou "Nafi" Jean has always loved children. Her desire to help them prompted her to set her career sights on becoming a pediatrician. Growing up in foster care, Nafi knew firsthand the importance of surrounding kids with caring and involved adults. But her path from foster care to future pediatrician was not without its challenges—the first of which was earning her high school diploma.
Nafi was recently able to overcome this hurdle through a unique program offered by the Children's Home Society of Florida, which serves homeless youth and their families in the Treasure Coast region of Florida. Nafi became involved with Children's Home Society of Florida when she aged out of the foster care system in 2012. The Children's Home Society of Florida recently inaugurated a partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) to enable young people in the Children's Home Society of Florida transitional living program to attend SHCOE's SACS-accredited online high school.
Students Using Adaptive Multimedia Achieve Higher Completion and Retention Rates
January 07, 2014
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive multimedia that individualizes each student’s learning experience, has released its most recent student completion and retention data for the 2012-2013 academic year. Participating schools achieved, on average, a 16% higher course completion rate for students using the company’s adaptive multimedia compared to students enrolled in online sections using conventional curriculum. Term-over-term retention rates for students using adaptive multimedia averaged 18% higher than for students in the control sections, and every school that participated in the research produced double digit gains in retention. The improved outcomes were statistically reliable at the 92% and 97% confidence level, respectively.
“We are really excited about these outcomes as they signify a transformational change in student behavior,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “Schools using our adaptive multimedia have consistently produced stronger completion and retention rates by a wide margin, not to mention students are performing better and earning higher grades in the majority of cases. We attribute these results to a better learning experience – one that gives students confidence that they really can succeed and one that dramatically increases student self-efficacy.”
University workers surprise foster kids with new bikes
December 19, 2013
ORLANDO, FL. —Staff at Everest University took money that would have been used for a holiday party and used it to put a smile on the faces of 100 foster children. Room 201 at the university was turned into fantasy land on Friday, chock-full of new bikes. Big ones and little ones. And at the appointed time, 100 children who live in foster care strolled into the room and picked out their new bike. Emily Bean and Brittany Martorello got new mountain bikes. Both have aged out of foster care and live in a transitional house. "I can ride it to school and to parks and all that fun stuff," said Emily.
New Datamark White Paper Examines Powerful Role of Search Marketing
December 16, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT - Datamark, the leader in data-driven driven enrollment marketing, has published its newest white paper, which highlights the massive opportunities presented by search marketing, along with expert advice for institutions exploring and using this channel. Readers will gain insight into the ways they can maximize the impact of paid search as part of an integrated marketing plan, as well as strategies to avoid overspending.
“Paid search is an extremely powerful and effective medium to connect with prospective students at their exact moment of intent – our data tells us that it is one of the highest quality inquiry sources with one of the best inquiry to enroll/start rates,” said Steve Winchester, Chief Marketing Officer/Vice President, Student Marketing at Datamark. “That said, if not executed appropriately, paid search can present some cost and scalability challenges. There seems to be a misconception that the more you spend the more you get back; but it’s more complicated than that. Our goal is to help schools achieve and maintain conversion oriented and cost-effective spending patterns so they can drive more high quality inquiries.”
Bliss for a Bargain: Affordable Massages
December 09, 2013
Getting a massage from a therapist in training is not to be pampered in high luxury. Clients of the massage clinic at Daytona State College are asked to bring their own sheets for the massage table.
They get undressed to “their comfort level” behind a hospital-style partition in a room full of other people getting massages, too.
Piped-in spa music might lull them into pleasant daydreams, but the rub-down reverie will occasionally be interrupted by whispered instruction from supervisors and the moans of satisfaction from other clients.
In a city where the average massage costs $55 and upwards of $200 at more elite spas, according to local estimates, the bargain of hour-long massages at $16 at Daytona State College and $25 an hour for massages at private beauty schools at International Academy in South Daytona and Daytona College in Ormond Beach, has put them in hot demand.
U.S. News 10 Universities With the Largest Undergraduate Populations & World Report
December 03, 2013
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.
Going to college may be increasingly expensive, but the cost hasn't deterred thousands of students from enrolling. Between 1992 and 1998, undergraduate enrollment was stable, but it increased by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Adapt Courseware Launches First Business Administration Offerings
December 02, 2013
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has added Organizational Behavior and Financial Accounting to its expanded catalog of adaptive learning offerings. The release of these core business administration requirements helps colleges and universities meet student demand, while at the same time enabling them to deliver a more engaging and productive learning experience for the growing number of students who are pursuing business degrees.
“Business administration continues to be one of the most popular college majors today – even students who are working towards other degrees often take business courses as a foundation for real-world literacy and on-the-job preparation,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “By collaborating with and gathering input from college and university leaders, we’ve been able to create and implement a curriculum development plan that increases access to the courses students need and want most.”
Final Gainful Employment Rulemaking Session Scheduled for Friday, December 13
December 02, 2013
By Dennis Cariello
Politico’s Libby Nelson, in today’s “Morning Education” email (and in a tweet on Black Friday) reports that the U.S. Department of Education “has scheduled its third session of negotiated rule-making on the ‘gainful employment’ rule for Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Education Department’s 1990 K St. offices, according to an email sent to negotiators Friday.” This is also the last day of the next NACIQI meeting (the Department’s advisory committee on accreditation). In case you are curious, 1990 K Street is no where near 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. (where the NACIQI sessions will be held).
Dade Medical College Student Wins Nurse of the Year Award
November 26, 2013
MIAMI — On Friday, November 22, 2013, 184 finalists competed in 15 categories for the title of Nurse of the Year in the annual March of Dimes awards program. Several Dade Medical College and USmF students and staff were amongst the finalists but DMC student Shaquan Chambliss-Huggins was selected as the Nurse of the Year in the undergraduate student category.
This special program honors the contributions of nurses who have distinguished themselves as extraordinary in the nursing profession. Excellent student nurses are also honored for their commitment to gaining the knowledge it takes to not only play a critical role in advancing the mission as health care providers but also to excel in their oftentimes demanding schoolwork and clinical internships.
“We really could not have been happier to have FIVE finalists in the program,” said Giselle Schueurmann, the college’s Corporate Director of Nursing. “Our commitment to education and to our students is second to none and to have one of our very own students win in this category makes us very proud.”
Full Sail University Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Class
November 13, 2013
WINTER PARK, FL, November 12, 2013 – Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2013 Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 5th Annual Hall of Fame Week, which will be held February 2014.
Coinciding with the university’s 35th anniversary year, the 5th Annual Hall of Fame schedule will include a weeklong series of campus-wide events featuring VIP speaking engagements, guest lectures, and concerts - including several events that will be open to the public - culminating in an induction ceremony to celebrate and recognize the 2013 class of inductees.
Sponsors already committed in support of the 5th Annual Full Sail University Hall of Fame Week include: Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Murphy Lighting Systems, Sennheiser, and WWE, with additional sponsor announcements forthcoming.
Dade Medical College to Donate 500 Thanksgiving Turkeys
November 12, 2013
MIAMI - For the fourth consecutive year, Dade Medical College (DMC) will donate turkeys to needy families in the communities surrounding their six Florida campuses.
With the help of the college's philanthropic arm, The Better Florida Foundation, more than five-hundred families that might not have otherwise been able to will have a traditional holiday dinner courtesy of the college. The 500 turkeys will be distributed throughout Florida - from Homestead to Jacksonville - within many of the neighborhood's closest to the educational institution's DMC and University of Southernmost Florida - the college's learning affiliate - campuses.
The college sought the guidance of some of Florida's homegrown legislators to help decide where the turkeys were needed most. "Who knows the area most in need better than those that represent that very same population every single day," said Jorge Alvarez, DMC's Vice Presidents of Community and Government Relations. "Congressman Joe Garcia brought our attention to some very deserving families in his district of South Dade as did Commissioner Barbara Jordan. These folks work on improving these types of issues in their districts on a daily basis so we were grateful that they could point us in the right direction," continued Alvarez.
Datamark’s New Attribution Analytics Provide Greater Visibility into Marketing Channel Effectiveness
November 04, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT —Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has launched its new attribution solution, which is designed to help colleges and universities measure the impact of their marketing campaigns and optimize media buys so they can increase enrollments. Datamark’s attribution technology tracks and attributes results at every touch point along the inquiry funnel so that schools better understand which channels have the biggest impact with prospective students.
“We see a lot of marketers struggle with the last-click-wins model whereby 100 percent of the credit is given to the marketing channel that ultimately drives a prospect to inquire – they simply don’t have the resources or technology in place to gauge the impact of each channel the student encounters along the way,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Datamark.. “With our attribution analytics, schools can rely on data to tell them exactly which campaigns resonate with students, as well as how the various channels work together, so they know where to allocate their marketing dollars.”
Winchester continued, “Exposure to each media channel can influence prospective students in different ways. For example, our clients have seen a spike in their search traffic as a result of direct mail campaigns. With the help of attribution tracking we were able to dig a little deeper and discovered that some 60 percent of direct mail inquiries now come through other sources such as search and direct-to-site visits.”
EvaluationKIT Introduces Cutting-Edge Text Analytics to Examine Valuable, Qualitative Student Feedback
October 30, 2013
Denver, CO – EvaluationKIT, a leader in enterprise online course evaluation and survey software for higher education institutions, has announced a breakthrough in the use of text analytics to gain meaningful insights from mass amounts of student feedback. Qualitative, or write-in text comments, once useful only to those instructors and administrators who read them one-by-one, can now automatically be analyzed via EvaluationKIT Text Analytics to provide summary reporting to college and university administrators.
“Historically, institutions have had to rely on Likert-type items as the basis for survey feedback due to the operational and technical limitations of analyzing large volumes of student text responses,” said Kevin Hoffman, president of EvaluationKIT. “With the release of EvaluationKIT Text Analytics, the richness of student write-in feedback can be efficiently summarized by the system and presented to administrators in cl