Bridging the Gap

Tailoring the Education Experience to Today's Digital Natives

Posted by Laurie Panu, Director of Business Development, Mid-West on Oct 27, 2016 10:34:45 AM

Internet is Not an Amenity, it is an Expectation

K-12 students are digital natives from their toddler years. Access to technology is all they’ve known.

At school, they continuously learn and master an ever-expanding array of tools, seeking a learning experience that models the real world – a world in which work and play go hand in hand.

Spoiled for choice and armed with a constant feedback loop online, our kids see a problem and don’t hesitate to take matters into their own hands. As a mother of two college-age children, I’ve seen how students bombard social media and explore off-campus housing options if they are unhappy with their school’s internet and video amenities. My daughter left her residential hall because the lack of Wi-Fi was a major hassle.

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Topics: Internet, Social Media, Wi-Fi, Higher Ed Technology, Video, Student Satisfaction, Student Demand, Outsourcing

Welcome Class of 2020!

Posted by Sophia White, National Content Coordinator on Sep 8, 2016 8:18:12 AM


“Welcome Class of 2020!” screams every Tweet, school-sponsored YouTube video, Instagram photo, event flyer, and chalk message on campus during move-in weekend. Parents are fighting back tears as children leave the nest; smiling, peppy RAs and orientation leaders are trying to lure students in for icebreaker games; the dining hall staff is introducing the six different types of pizza they offer daily - and as a new student trying to act cool in the midst of crushing uncertainty and a sense that you’re leaving everything you know behind, how do you make sense of it all?

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Topics: Campus Life Channel, Student Satisfaction, Digital Signage, Cable TV, IPTV, Social Media

Are Schools in the Northeast Prepared for the New Normal?

Posted by Lucas Seelig, Director Of Business Development, Northeast on Aug 3, 2016 4:32:15 PM


The 2020s are beckoning, and a new normal is taking shape in the fiercely-competitive Northeastern higher education landscape. According to the report “Knocking at the College Door,” the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont could see 65,000 fewer students coming through the educational pipeline and moving into higher education by 2028. As a result, graduating high school classes, which will be smaller than the classes of today, will likely be targeted for student recruitment from institutions in neighboring states looking to offset their declines.

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Topics: Northeast, Higher Ed Technology, Student Satisfaction, Student Demand, Wireless, IT Officers, Housing Officers, Business Officers, Outsourcing, Wi-Fi, Video, Support