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Month: May 2016

Blackboard acquires Sequoia Retail Systems

Blackboard has acquired point-of-sale manufacturer Sequoia Retail Systems, a provider of comprehensive POS solutions for educational institutions. The move will bring new dining, retail and bookstore POS and inventory/operations management capabilities to Blackboard Transact, the education technology company’s campus ID, transaction, security and financial solutions arm.

Montclair State accepting student ID for online food orders

New Jersey's Montclair State University has partnered with Deals4Meals.com, an emerging online ordering and delivery service, to begin accepting the university's campus card and Red Hawk Dollars as a form of online payment beginning this summer. The company is operating primarily out of the Northeast, and hopes to add 10-12 campuses by year's end.

Mobile biometric readers deployed to vet Nigerian students

Biometric device manufacturer, Credence ID has partnered with West Africa-based integrator Vatebra to implement a biometric student ID project to assist in vetting student identity in Nigeria. The initiative will leverage Credence ID’s CredenceOne mobile fingerprint scanning devices to help mitigate instances of identity fraud in Nigeria’s statewide student testing programs.

UC Davis opts to self-manage food services

The University of California, Davis has decided to forgo a contract extension with food-service vendor Sodexo and instead install university management to self-manage its food-service operations.

Texas State to introduce online exam proctoring

An increasingly common challenge facing universities and colleges is how best to prove student identity in cyberspace. Particularly as an increasing number of courses offer online exams, the need to properly vet students has become paramount. Texas State is the latest institution to recognize this need, and beginning in the fall, the university will implement online proctoring for exams taken by students enrolled in online courses.

UCSB students renting, selling IDs for event access

For students at the University of California, Santa Barbara tickets to the university's recent Extravaganza music festival were, quite literally, a hot-ticket item. So much so that some students were renting out or selling their student IDs -- on which the event tickets were provisioned -- to other students and individuals not connected to the university.

George Mason moves to smart one card system

Like many universities George Mason is rapidly expanding its campus, constructing new facilities and residential halls, and deploying new services on a virtually continuous basis. The latest renovation for the commonwealth of Virginia’s largest public university is an overhaul of the outdated Mason ID card system. The campus worked with HID Global and parent company ASSA ABLOY, to design a cost-effective, end-to-end ID solution that will leverage smart card technology and forge a new one card system.

From the Director’s chair: Employing millennials in card offices and auxiliary services

For the first time in the history of the United States, there are four generations in the workplace simultaneously. The newest generation, dubbed Millennials, are now 75 million strong and carry a far different view of work than their predecessors and are posing a managerial challenge unlike any generation before them. Millennials are leaving jobs earlier and with much greater frequency than other generations -- a fact that spans all fields including auxiliary services and campus card offices.

Georgetown overhauling campus IT, plots move to Canvas

Georgetown University is hard at work on making improvements to its campus IT infrastructure, as well as developing educational initiatives to inform the campus community of potential hacking and other cyber threats. Also included in the IT overhaul is a proposed move to Canvas as the university's next online management system.

Ole Miss increases dorm security, efficiency

For students, a college dormitory is a home away from home. But for university housing departments, a residence hall or a collection of residence halls can be a management challenge equal to that of a small town. With thousands of students to serve each year, colleges are constantly scratching their heads as they look for ways to better manage these communities, including how to increase security while improving efficiency.

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