Higher education priorities are changing, reflecting economic, political, social and cultural shifts in society.
Future-ready institutions leverage technology and data to transform processes and modernize systems—what the tech world calls digital transformation. Here are four reasons universities and colleges make it a priority:
1. Enhanced competitiveness
The number of colleges and universities has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, while the number of traditional college students has decreased. With increasing competition for students, faculty and funding, higher education institutions need to streamline operations and enhance the student experience.
2. Controlling costs
Institutions are under ever-increasing pressure to cut costs, justify tuition prices and improve outcomes for students. From saving staff time to reducing square footage used to store files, digital transformation is a way to control spiraling administrative costs. Continue Reading…
If you’re involved with producing the academic catalog for your institution, it’s likely a painstaking process if you’re still outputting a PDF or using a homegrown software solution built by your IT department.
You’re not alone. There are four common complaints heard from registrars, deans, provosts, and even marketing and IT:
1. Tracking changes from various stakeholders
It’s time-consuming to pass around Word docs and ask reviewers to track changes. Once you collect all the docs, you have to combine changes and determine which to accept, leading to confusion and errors.
Group editing in the cloud in a Google Doc is another common tactic. It gives you one spot to collect real-time edits. But it may not be ideal if you don’t want everyone to see what changes are requested by their colleagues.
Academic catalog management systems have a dashboard that shows your customized workflow, tracks who is requesting what change and what stage in approvals a catalog or curriculum proposal is in. You control access to catalog and curriculum information and can adjust permissions so different people see different things.
“Since implementing an online, electronic catalog, we have been able to maintain our catalog with manageable time frames and in a manner that allows us to involve several members of the campus community in providing input and updates in a timely manner while still allowing for administrative control,” says Springfield College Registrar Keith Ingalls. Continue Reading…
LAKELAND, Fla. – DIGARC announced exciting new products to a record-breaking number of higher education attendees at its fifth annual DigarcU 2018 conference Feb. 18–20, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando.
DigarcU’s opening session celebrated the significant momentum achieved in 2017 with 249 professionals representing 140 institutions from around the world. DIGARC welcomed 60 new institution partners and applauded 131 new product go-lives.
Under DIGARC’s new brand, Taking Education Higher™, DIGARC’s industry-leading offerings have been expanded to include:
DIGARC SECTION – a course section management product that tracks requests, assesses faculty schedules, monitors classroom space and identifies conflicts through an intuitive, at-a-glance interface that eliminates documents and the need for duplicate entries. Continue Reading…
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 that 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. Continue Reading…
At Purdue, Implementing Acalog Led to A Deeper Understanding of Institutional Processes, and an Opportunity to Create Consistency
How a Big 10 school built its first online catalog, then discovered it had created built-in accountability among campus stakeholders.
Purdue University implemented DIGARC’s industry-leading Acalog e-catalog system in 2016, resulting in some unexpected benefits — along with publication of Purdue’s first online catalog.
The project was “much more than just publishing a catalog,” according to Assistant Registrar Josie Galloway. As a result, Purdue gained a thorough understanding of how courses and programs are structured institution-wide.
Ensure that department-level websites are in sync with the catalog.
By Smita Mammen and Martin Nelson, DIGARC
You work hard every year to ensure the information in your academic catalog is the best it can be, and it just makes sense that other institutional stakeholders should be able to pull that content into other places on your website, or even into other campus systems.
There’s a powerful feature built into DIGARC’s Acalog academic catalog software called the Acalog API — application program interface, for long — and it’s used to extract data from Acalog and present it elsewhere online. That ensures the most up-to-date course and/or program information is automatically updated on a school’s departmental websites, for example.
The Power of the API
Using the API means you won’t have to remember to update department pages whenever changes are made in courses or descriptions housed in Acalog.
It’s a great way for any website to present information quickly to their targeted audience. There’s no need for the user to go back to the school homepage or elsewhere to find the link to the main course catalog. Continue Reading…
The nation’s largest university will implement Acalog and Curriculog to manage academic catalogs and curriculum for its Orlando campuses.
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 nearly 600 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. Continue Reading…
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/