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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.


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!

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Acalog Enterprise Edition implementation at the University of Pittsburgh. With Acalog Enterprise, the university can manage shared academic catalog content in one location, and present it independently on each campus’s branded e-catalog gateway.

A big shout-out to our team, which completed this project with ZERO transition edits — pretty impressive considering this project included five Acalog e-catalogs!

We welcome another SUNY school to the DIGARC family and congratulate everyone involved in the implementation of Acalog at SUNY Oneonta. Also, a big thank-you to the team SUNY Oneonta for sharing a picture in your DIGARC T-shirts!


At Purdue, Acalog Project Led to 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.

Earlier this year, Purdue University implemented DIGARC’s industry-leading Acalog e-catalog system, 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.

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