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Digarc and Ellucian Announce New Integration                     

Lakeland, FL, December 15, 2017 — Today, Digarc announces full integration with the Ellucian Ethos platform, the first catalog and curriculum management software provider to deliver this capability.  Now, any Banner or Colleague institution, including the over 300 who are Digarc clients, have the ability to share critical data between systems, improving consistency and minimizing the time required to complete curriculum and catalog updates. This modern, seamless integration is quick and easy to deploy.

“Digarc is thrilled to deliver Ellucian Ethos integration,” says Angela Selden, Digarc’s CEO. “Knowing that today’s higher education staff are stretched, Digarc’s clients have, on average, already experienced a 50 percent reduction in the time needed to process their curriculum and catalog changes. Ethos integration will further increase that efficiency and time savings.”

Digarc has a long history of being first to market with innovations that benefit higher education institutions. Having invented the catalog and curriculum market segment in 2001, Digarc remains the industry leader with over 550 clients and more than 100 product activations this year alone.

“Ellucian is proud to work with Digarc, making them the first, and currently only catalog and curriculum solution to be live with Ethos integration,” said Jackie Yeaney, Senior Vice President and CMO at Ellucian. “We look forward to presenting Ethos to all Digarc customers at the upcoming Digarc User Group in Orlando on February 18-20, 2018.”

The nation’s largest university will implement Acalog and Curriculog to manage academic catalogs and curriculum for its campuses in metropolitan Orlando.

LAKELAND, Fla. – New software for catalog and curriculum management will bring greater efficiency and streamlined workflows to the University of Central Florida following their purchase of Acalog and Curriculog from Digarc.

UCF joins over 525 higher education institutions in the U.S. and beyond that already use Digarc’s industry-leading solutions.

Acalog, Digarc’s e-catalog software, has been shown to reduce academic catalog production cycle time by 46 percent on average. Colleges and universities also report substantial cost savings and a significant boost in student engagement with the software.

Acalog also includes student-friendly features such as the My Portfolio tool for capturing course preferences, a printable Degree Planner, and social media integration with Facebook and Twitter. Acalog reduces catalog production cycles from months to weeks, and is based on a relational database foundation, which allows administrators to make edits just once in one place.

UCF also purchased the Curriculog curriculum management tool, which benefits schools with simplified processes that eliminate paper and increase accountability with user-configurable forms and rule-based routing processes.  Schools most often see more than 50% reduction in the overall effort to manage the curriculum development process across the institution.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the University of Central Florida to the Digarc portfolio of clients,” said CEO Angie Selden. “UCF joins a prestigious list of institutions we serve, including Purdue University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Southern California, the University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Our solutions benefit not only catalog and curriculum managers at these and other institutions, but their students and communities as well.”

Implementation of the new software at UCF is planned for later this year.

As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the largest university by enrollment in the United States, UCF serves more than 64,000 students from 157 countries, all 50 states, and Washington, D.C.

With the addition of UCF, 17 Florida colleges and universities use Digarc software, including UF Graduate School, Florida A&M, Florida Polytechnic University, and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

A big congratulations to Appalachian State University on the successful implementation of Acalog. We are very excited to have them as part of the Digarc family.

Another successful implementation is in the books. A big thank you to Misericordia University for a speedy implementation of Acalog. We are extremely excited for your future success with Acalog.

Our clients are the best — and the best at what they do! We love sharing examples of how they’re making their Acalog e-catalogs shine. See something you like? Feel free to reach out to your professional peers using the contact information provided.

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School: Western Washington University — Jamie Lawson, catalog manager

About the School: Located in Bellingham, Wash.,WWU is one of six public universities in the state and serves more than 15,000 students. WWU has used both Acalog and Curriculog since 2010.

Catalog Concept: WWU recently launched its 2017–18 catalog, and features stunning videos on catalog home page.

Why Acalog?: I love Acalog because it can manage a high volume of complex data with ease and precision. WWU switched to a web-based catalog seven years ago and I have been a satisfied Acalog user since Day 1. Acalog makes our catalog informative and interactive, and it’s an important resource for students, our campus community, and beyond.

See for Yourself: https://catalog.wwu.edu/

After a rigorous evaluation process, Cal State campuses in San Jose, Long Beach, and Humboldt State join eight others in the CSU system that chose DIGARC products to manage higher ed academic catalogs and curriculum.

LAKELAND, Fla. – New software for catalog and curriculum management will bring greater efficiency to three additional schools in the California State University system following their purchase of Acalog and Curriculog from Digarc. They join eight other institutions in the Cal State system that already use Digarc software for catalog and curriculum.

San Jose and Humboldt State Universities purchased the Curriculog curriculum management solution for higher education, and CSU Long Beach has chosen Digarc’s Acalog e-catalog platform. Implementation of the new systems is planned for later this year.

“We are pleased to welcome three new clients from the Cal State system,” says Digarc CEO Angie Selden. “Schools of all sizes in California and the rest of the country have seen numerous benefits from our software, including savings of time and money from automated workflows and built-in accountability. We are pleased that the marketplace has recognized these and other benefits and continues to make us the leader in this space.” Continue Reading…

Let’s face it. Time and technology have moved on from printed catalogs, PDFs and confusing email chains. What about your catalog? Are you faced with an out-of-control production process?

There is a better way. Join Brad Barron, Associate Vice President and University Registrar from Furman University, and Digarc’s Gina Monaghan for this free one-hour webinar. They’ll show you how Furman and hundreds of other schools have moved beyond paper and PDFs to an easy-to-manage, interactive engagement platform for the academic catalog. Continue Reading…

With graduation season almost behind us, here’s a fun fact all new college grads should enjoy:

According to executive search firm Korn/Ferry International, the average base salary for new college grads has risen to $49,785. That’s a 10-year high, and 3 percent more than last year, the firm noted. That figure also represents a 14 percent boost from pre-recession base salaries in 2007.

More good news for those with newly minted baccalaureates: the unemployment rate for college grads in the U.S, has dropped to a minuscule 2.5 percent this year, according to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor statistics. That compares to 5.3 percent for those with a high school diploma and no college, and 7.7 percent for those with less than a high school diploma.

Clearly, America’s colleges and universities are serving students well when it comes to employment opportunities. Now what are you waiting for grads — it’s time to get to work!

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A CAMPUS BIG AS THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Here’s a fact that’s not only fun — it’s BIG: the world’s largest college campus is located in Rome, Ga. Who knew! Students of DIGARC client Berry College certainly did.

The private liberal arts college — all 27,000 acres of it — is actually located just outside Rome in Berry, Ga., about 72 miles northwest of Atlanta, and even closer to the Alabama border. In fact, the campus plantation home of founder Martha Berry was used as a location in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” starring Reese Witherspoon.

More Berry College facts:

  • The campus includes 80 miles of trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding — all open to the public
  • After establishing the school in 1902, Miss Berry, who never attended college herself, received a total of seven honorary doctorates from other colleges — and one from her own.
  • In 1922, students built a large stone cabin for Miss Berry on the top of the campus’s Lavender Mountain.
  • A streamside mill at Berry College is home to one of the world’s largest working water wheels, measuring 42 feet in diameter.
  • In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt visited the school and had lunch at a campus guesthouse, which Miss Berry renamed the Roosevelt Cabin the next day.

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Who says Latin is a dead language?

The lingua franca of the Roman Empire continues to live and breathe in the foundations of higher education throughout the world.

For instance, the word “college” comes directly from the Latin word “collegium,” meaning community. It joined the parlance of academia during the 13th century in England at Oxford and Cambridge.

Before there were Greek student societies  — Phi Beta Kappa was the first, in 1776 — there were Latin-letter fraternities. One example is at the Digarc client College of William and Mary in Virginia, where the colloquially named Flat Hat Club has thrived since 1750. (Thomas Jefferson was a famous member.) The group is officially called the F.H.C. Society, meaning “Fraternitas, Humanitas, et Cognitio” or “brotherhood, humanity, and knowledge.”

More campus Latin:

  • “Bachelor,” as in bachelor’s degree, is believed to have its origin in the Latin term “baccalarius,” meaning adult serf without a landholding. “Bachelor” was later used to describe a young unmarried man, and in the late 14th century, it morphed into a term denoting one who has taken the lowest degree in a university, according the the Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • “University” is also straight from the Latin — the abbreviation for universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which means community of masters and scholars.
  • “Alumnus” is the Latin word for pupil.

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