Get involved at the CollegeSource Annual Conference!

May 13, 2019

Get-Involved-at-the-CollegeSource-Conference

Each year at the CollegeSource Annual Conference, we look for ways to highlight the successes and challenges of our user community and one of the best ways to do that is to get your input!

Submit a topic for the uAchieve Product Panel Discussion.

Come discuss your achievements and challenges with your peers. This session will focus on attendees who use Banner and PeopleSoft in conjunction with uAchieve products and discuss specific encoding tricks or concerns. Peers from institutions both large and small will be there to help you on your journey in using the uAchieve degree audit and planner. Have an idea you’d like to see included during the session? Submit your topic in the Questions page in the Support Center.

The Annual Encode-Off is back!

Do you have any degree audit encoding scenarios or skills that you’d like to share? Or perhaps you’d like someone to encode a scenario for you. This is your chance. Head to the Questions page in the Support Center to suggest issues, scenarios, or specific encoding problems. If your topic is chosen it will be included in the Annual Encode-Off session on Wednesday morning at conference.

Think your degree audit is the best?

Then this is your chance to prove it! The Client Advisory Board (CAB) will once again sponsor a degree audit contest onsite at the conference and there will, of course, be fabulous prizes for the winners. To enter, submit a degree audit for one of the following areas:

  • Most Student-Friendly
  • Best Website/Handout to Explain Degree Audit
  • Most Innovative
  • Best Graduation Progress Tracking
  • Best Legend

For more information or to submit an entry, contact Christina Shell at cshell@emich.edu. You may enter more than once, but please choose only one category each time for your entry. With each entry, we will ask you to write a few sentences on why you believe your entry is a prize winner! Voting will take place onsite at the conference.

Don’t forget about these other activities!

There’s more to do in Paradise then just attend sessions…

  • Get your zen on: We’ll have yoga sessions available Tuesday and Wednesday at the conference. Tuesday evening’s yoga session will have a view of Mission Bay, while Wednesday morning’s session will be held in the peaceful and secluded Pine Hill. Beginners welcome!
  • Donate and save lives: We’ve partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to hold a blood drive again on Monday. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also schedule an appointment.
  • Have your favorite song ready: The Wednesday night reception will feature a Dueling Piano act from the San Diego Shout House and this show is based on your song requests! Guests are welcome and tickets may be purchased by adding them to or modifying your registration.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! Not registered yet? There’s still time! Register today.

Starting 2019 with SACRAO, NISTS, and HEUG Alliance

Apr 12, 2019

With each new year, a whole schedule of higher education conferences and events begin. Supporting our current clients and forging relationships with new ones is one of our key missions, so we do our best to be present everywhere we can. Let’s take a look at the first few conferences that helped us to kick off 2019.

SACRAO

The Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) started off our 2019 calendar of shows. Located in Baton Rouge (also known as “Red Stick”), Louisiana, SACRAO contained a number of sessions about recruiting and collaboration. Our focus at the conference was on transfer, and there was a good deal of interest in transfer topics as admissions processes tighten up across the country. We co-presented with Michael Courson from Louisiana State University-Alexandria about using our signature transfer products, TES® and Transferology®, to improve efficiency in the transfer evaluation process. It was very well-received and built excitement around CollegeSource products for the rest of the conference.

Michael Courson and CollegeSource at SACRAO 2019

One of the big themes for this year’s SACRAO conference was ‘making the most out of the resources that are available’ and I believe we have some unique tools to truly help institutions do just that. Of course you can’t go to Louisiana without sampling the local cuisine, and we did as much of that as we could! Fried catfish, BBQ Shrimp, étouffée, gumbo, jambalaya, and so much more – what a great location!

NISTS

Up next was the annual conference for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) in Atlanta, Georgia. NISTS is all about transfer – it’s right in the name, after all. There was increased interest around transfer efficiency, and we debuted our “Power Couple” presentation, appropriately on Valentine’s Day! (TES and Transferology make a great pair don’t they?!) There was a bit of disagreement that Brad and Angelina still qualify as a Power Couple, but everyone got behind Beyoncé and Jay-Z!

Transfer policies, transfer processes, and transfer tools were the order of the day, every day. With more and more state legislatures implementing requirements from a reporting and accountability standpoint – particularly around transfer – public and private institutions alike need to step up their game. There’s only so much that you can do without the proper tools.

On a lighter note, some of you may know that CollegeSource President Troy Holaday had a little mishap riding an electric scooter. He’s on the mend now and, of course, if you know Troy, he has a great sense of humor. We couldn’t help ourselves – we had to stage a small re-enactment of the events (Troy laughed – so you can, too!).

John on a Scooter

HEUG Alliance 

The Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance conference for PeopleSoft users was held in Orlando, Florida this spring.  We debuted our “Give Your Schedule a Kick (with Schedmule)” purple shirts and some pretty amazing grand prizes. Needless to say, they were a hit!

Crowd at CollegeSource booth at HEUG Alliance

At Alliance, we co-presented again, this time with a partner from Humboldt State University. CollegeSource’s Melani Pratt and Humboldt State’s Registrar, Clint Rebik, delivered the session, “Leveraging Technology to Support Student Successes and Transfer Initiatives,” featuring our award-winning degree audit tool, uAchieve®. The session was well-attended and we had great traffic at our booth. Of course, the venue being near Disney was hard to beat and we had a fantastic time.

Stay tuned for more recaps coming soon.

We can’t wait to tell you what fun happenings took place at the AACRAO Annual Conference and Ellucian Live!

In the meantime, if you’re heading to California’s CACCRAO conference and would like to learn about our solutions, come visit our booth and say “hi.” Want to set up a meeting or get a question answered now? Get in touch with Eric Causley at eric@collegesource.com. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!