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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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Once enabled, the Acalog Widget API allows clients to showcase catalog information in new ways and places.

There are lots of reasons why we love our clients, and one of them is that when it comes to using our products creatively, they get it. I mean, they really get it.

A few weeks ago, we announced a contest to showcase how our customers use our new Acalog Widget API on their college or university websites. The results were impressive.

Before I tell you about the winners, a brief explanation of our Widget API is in order. As you probably know, a widget is a user-configurable mini-application for presenting data. API stands for Application Programming Interface, but don’t let that scare you. An API is simply a tool that allows software to communicate with other software. Continue Reading…

The investment was facilitated by Bigelow LLC, which has a track record of matching successful, growing companies with investors whose principles are aligned with those of business owners.

LAKELAND, Fla. – The owners of Digarc, the leading provider of e-catalog and curriculum management solutions to higher education institutions in the U.S., have announced a growth investment by Serent Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco. The Serent team will work with existing management to scale operations, and to expand and drive future growth opportunities for the company.

The investment was announced by Digarc owners Ken Blais, who serves as president and CTO, and Chet Jordan, CEO. Blais founded the company as Digital Architecture, Inc., in Maine in 2001.

“We are thrilled about the potential ahead of Digarc through a partnership with Serent Capital,” said Blais. “Serent’s experience in the education sector and their business-building resources will enable us to continue to accelerate our growth, further invest in our products, and deliver even greater value to our clients in the coming years.” Continue Reading…

The Acalog implementation is complete at the University of Delaware! They are now able to present both their Grad and Undergrad catalogs in a dynamic, user-friendly format online. Next up, Curriculog!

Congratulations the teams involved with the implementation of the beautiful new Acalog e-catalog at Allegheny College!

‘Much more than just publishing a catalog,’ Purdue’s Acalog project enabled a thorough understanding of how courses and programs are structured institution-wide.

LAKELAND, Fla. – A new e-catalog system at Purdue University delivered multiple benefits to students and administrators, and also fostered a new understanding of how courses and programs are structured institution-wide, according to a recent study by DIGARC.

Earlier this year, Purdue implemented DIGARC’s Acalog e-catalog system, which is used by more than 450 colleges and universities in the U.S. and beyond. With Acalog, The Big 10 Conference school was able to thin out inefficient workflows, restructure course and program data into a relational database, and create accountability among those responsible for providing content for the catalog. Continue Reading…

The Calvin College Acalog implementation is a wrap! Congratulations to our team and the team at Calvin College on the successful project!

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