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  • Food Insecurity Crisis Being Combatted with Solutions from Ed Tech

    There’s officially a crisis of food insecurity plaguing college students, and it’s on the rise nationally, with some 3 out of 5 students going hungry and being pushed closer to the dropout edge. Yet as bad as the news looks, there are solutions out there — and California is leading the way by investing in … Read more

  • Students get $130 million in Basic Needs boost from California Community Colleges

    Access aid via ConexED streamlined 1-stop software As the nation’s largest higher education system launches its new academic year, its millions of students and their families should know that the state of California and its partners have got their backs with a new and stronger safety net. By making $130 million in total investment in Basic … Read more

  • WSU Tech Expands their Educational Equity Footprint by Purchasing Campus Anywhere Booths

    Wichita State University – Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology has taken a big step towards addressing student equity on their campus. This fall the university will strategically place five Campus Anywhere booths around campus to increase student access to support departments. These booths provide students with a safe place to engage in high-touch interactions … Read more

  • How Barstow Community College is Combating Food Insecurity Without Hiring More Staff

    First the headlines: Food insecurity is becoming an epidemic for students struggling to make a better life by attending college In this new post-Covid world.  The facts are hard: Over 56% of the 1.8 million California Community College students face food insecurity; they simply don’t know where their next meals are coming from. This is … Read more

  • Four Fast Facts About California’s New Basic Needs Program and How It Strengthens the Golden State’s HigherEd Safety Net

    After nearly 3 years of pandemic fallout, the Golden State of California has created the Basic Needs program which has the potential to serve struggling students in the most relevant way possible. First, the bad news. Not only are students struggling to navigate the challenges of higher education, but they’re also dealing with some of … Read more

  • Bringing Equity to HigherEd Through New ConexED Campus Anywhere

    Bringing Equity to HigherEd Through New ConexED Campus Anywhere

    ConexED, a fast-growing, ed-tech company specializing in student success solutions, announced their partnership with the modern workspace design startup ROOM to produce the first ever Campus Anywhere. With the combination of ConexED technology and ROOM soundproof phone booths, the Campus Anywhere will allow equitable access to student support services wherever they are placed. This partnership … Read more

  • The Equity Issues in Higher Education

    The Equity Issues in Higher Education

    Earning a college degree is challenging. For those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those who are first-generation college students, the barriers are even greater. Just trying to navigate the complex nature of higher education can be overwhelming.  With little to no support from home, these students often struggle trying to connect with the right person … Read more

  • American River College Uses ConexED as a Tool for Promoting Equity in Education — Guest Post by Joshua Moon Johnson

    American River College Uses ConexED as a Tool for Promoting Equity in Education — Guest Post by Joshua Moon Johnson

    Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator at American River College   I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, and I loved education for some reason. However, I was intimidated and insecure in educational environments since I came from a working poor family and my parents couldn’t really help me navigate educational … Read more

  • LASC Boosting Virtual Student Services with ConexED — Guest Post by Sandy Diaz

    LASC Boosting Virtual Student Services with ConexED — Guest Post by Sandy Diaz

    Adjunct Counselor at Los Angeles Southwest College   About a year and a half ago, the world turned upside down when the COVID 19 pandemic hit. Most of the world had to transition from going to the office every day to shutting down the offices and working from home. In many ways that transition was … Read more

  • ConexED Business Intelligence Dashboard

    ConexED Business Intelligence Dashboard

      Introducing the ConexED Business Intelligence Dashboard Because predictive data analytics technology has been around for nearly a decade, the technology is antiquated at best, and with Covid-19 creating uncertainty throughout the entirety of modern campus life, the demand for new technology is paramount for student support services. To better address these concerns, ConexED introduces … Read more

  • Returning to Campus Amidst Covid-19

    Returning to Campus Amidst Covid-19

    The Pandemic’s continuing impact on education As campuses across the country gear up for fall semester, uncertainty looms with COVID-19 cases once again on the rise. Witnessing the toll that remote education has had on many students throughout the pandemic, school administrators hope to prevent further learning loss and provide additional mental health support. However, … Read more

  • The Continuing Case of College Dropouts and the Murky Middle Demographic

    The Continuing Case of College Dropouts and the Murky Middle Demographic

    One of the most alarming trends in higher education is a growing concern among college administrators nationwide: increasing college dropout rates. Data shows that 40% of newly enrolled first-year college freshmen drop out before graduation. Even students who involuntarily stop going to college for a single semester have only a 30% chance of coming back … Read more

  • Increasing Student Success through Social-Emotional Learning

    Increasing Student Success through Social-Emotional Learning

      Witnessing the value of social-emotional learning (SEL) over the course of the last decade, SEL has quickly become the topic of online education discussion groups, teaching manuals and scholastic articles the world over. As the name suggests, SEL is the process through which students learn to identify and manage feelings and emotions, both individually … Read more

  • 7 Dos and Don’ts Student Success Tools for Post-Pandemic Teaching

    7 Dos and Don’ts Student Success Tools for Post-Pandemic Teaching

      Student Success Tools for Post-Pandemic Teaching A year after the worldwide spread of Covid-19, The Chronicle of Higher Education offers valuable insight on ways to improve the remote student experience. Drawing from the feedback of students recorded during an Educase panel conducted in February, the Chronicle’s Flower Darby offers “7 Dos and Don’ts for … Read more

  • Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

    Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

    Add to RSS Feed The Golden Gate Bridge, Navy’s Coston Flares signalling system, and Kevlar were all constructed by contributions made by women engineers. Women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have been creating and inventing products, processes, and improving our lives on a daily basis. According to the US Census … Read more

  • Juneteenth: A step toward racial equity in education

    Juneteenth: A step toward racial equity in education

    Add to RSS Feed With President Biden signing law to establish Juneteenth as a nationally recognized holiday this week, matters of racial equity in our schools and communities have become more prevalent than ever before. “By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history … Read more

  • Ensuring Educational Equity for LGBTQ+ Students

    Ensuring Educational Equity for LGBTQ+ Students

    Add to RSS Feed Continuing Challenges Nearly 50 years have passed since Congress signed Title IX into law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs. While steps toward inclusivity have improved dramatically since, members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face challenges in education. A survey of 2,500 teachers and students found that teachers were … Read more

  • ConexED awarded Best Educational Service in Utah!

    ConexED awarded Best Educational Service in Utah!

    Add to RSS Feed The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout the state of Utah. This year, ConexED was recognized as the Best Educational Service! Winners are determined by three categories: Innovation & creativity in approaches, techniques, methods or processes Contributions to a better quality of life … Read more

  • Inside Higher Ed Webinar Recap

    Inside Higher Ed Webinar Recap

    Add to RSS Feed Increasing student success and retention through connection for 3M U.S. students. Saving millions for 280 U.S. institutions. ConexED recently partnered with Inside Higher Education to conduct a webinar outlining the necessity of scalable student support systems on contemporary college campuses. ConexED CEO, Tracy Gorham, was joined by Christopher Sweeten, Vice President … Read more

  • Mental health awareness month

    Mental health awareness month

    Add to RSS Feed One of the primary realizations school districts are having in the wake of COVID-19 is the heightened need for student mental health support. According to an analysis conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health related visits to the ER between April and October of 2020 increased by … Read more

  • April is financial literacy month

    April is financial literacy month

    Add to RSS Feed The importance of financial literacy and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on how students pay for college Around this time last year, many worried about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on those graduating high school. According to a 2021 JA Teens & Personal Finance survey which surveyed 2020 high school graduates and current … Read more

  • Education’s impact on the environment

    Education’s impact on the environment

    Add to RSS Feed A poll conducted by National Public Radio found that 86% of surveyed teachers felt climate change should be part of the contemporary student curriculum. However, less than half of teachers actively taught climate change due to a lack of materials, fear of complaining parents, and the absence of laws requiring them … Read more

  • Teacher appreciation week

    Teacher appreciation week

    Add to RSS Feed Showing appreciation to educators—enter to win a new lounge! Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration of the hardworking educators across the country. ConexED is extending our appreciation by offering two schools/campus departments the chance to win a teacher lounge makeover. We value the dedicated educators across the nation who are continually … Read more

  • Contemporary connections can be challenging

    Contemporary connections can be challenging

    Add to RSS Feed Ongoing advancements in technology have allowed humans to connect more now than at any other point in history. Constantly surrounded by screens, we have the ability to text, call, video, and read up on just about anyone, whether overseas or in an adjacent area code. But how meaningful are these connections? … Read more

  • The impact of case management on graduation

    The impact of case management on graduation

    Add to RSS Feed View our April webinar with Dr. Melody Pickle For K-12 and higher education, case management is now an integral part of a student’s experience. The ability to track students throughout their academic journeys allows instructors, faculty, and staff to ensure academic success. Without a tool to help students succeed, many are … Read more

  • Challenges of remote learning for students in special education

    Challenges of remote learning for students in special education

    Add to RSS Feed Established special education systems and language programs are mandatory on campuses nationwide, but the same level of support is not available online. As a result, during the pandemic, 7 million children across America with special needs were incapable of connecting to the trained specialists who once assisted them on a day-to-day … Read more

  • Learning the ABCs of Relief Plan acronyms

    Learning the ABCs of Relief Plan acronyms

    CARES Act, ESSER & HEERF, CRRSAA, ESSER II & HEERF II and now the ARP Act. We work with educators on a daily basis and that’s a lot of acronyms for even us to understand. How do these relief packages really help K-12 and institutions of higher education? Let’s break it down and see what it means … Read more

  • Ways to Fight Video Call Fatigue​

    Ways to Fight Video Call Fatigue​

    In today’s increasingly virtual world, video chats have become as commonplace as the in-person interactions that preceded them. Classrooms, work meetings, friendly hangouts and family get-togethers have all moved online, replacing chairs with digital squares like the Brady Bunch. Even the term “face-to-face” has evolved, no longer requiring that people meet in the same physical … Read more

  • Compton Police Department | December Blog Post

    Compton Police Department | December Blog Post

    Compton Police Department Utilizing ConexED Keeping Everyone Safe With over 2,000,000 student users on the ConexED platform, we have seen our Cafe Cards used in many different ways.  But, this one recently caught our attention. Like many other colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, Compton College utilizes ConexED across campus in multiple departments for student success … Read more

  • Cayuga and ConexED partner to provide better COVID testing resources – November Blog Post

    Cayuga and ConexED partner to provide better COVID testing resources – November Blog Post

    Cayuga and ConexED Partner to Provide Better COVID Testing Resources This fall, ConexED teamed up with Cayuga Community College in New York to streamline key processes within their reopening plan. By engaging ConexED’s enterprise academic communication system as part of their required COVID-19 surveillance testing, Cayuga simplified labor-intensive tracking and scheduling practices, allowing them to … Read more

  • What’s New in ConexED? August Product Releases

    What’s New in ConexED? August Product Releases

    August product releases were hyper-focused on creating smooth, uninterrupted user experiences. Having launched so many new features this year, we spent the month reviewing past designs and builds to make sure everything was in great working order. Our development team held what we affectionately called a “bugathon,” working weekends and into the night to get … Read more

  • How to Adapt Academic Advising to a Virtual Environment

    How to Adapt Academic Advising to a Virtual Environment

    Academic advisors adapt their approach based on the needs and strengths of individual students. In some cases, they may use multiple approaches during one advising appointment. But now, as more institutions announce fall 2020 plans for online or hybrid learning, advisors need to adapt their in-office methods to a virtual environment. The good news is … Read more

  • Campus Preparedness and Coronavirus

    Higher Education Fall 2020 Readiness Survey Take the Survey & Share Your Insights ConexED is surveying higher ed staff and faculty about their readiness for fall 2020. We want to find out: How institutions plan to deliver instruction and student services for fall term What precautions institutions are putting in place for in-person instruction and … Read more

  • What’s New in ConexED? July Product Releases

    What’s New in ConexED? July Product Releases This month, we began launching new features, updates, and bug fixes every other Thursday. Our goal: to continue adding and improving all the features you need to connect and engage with students. Here are the highlights from our July 9 and July 23 releases. ConexED iOS App 2.2.3 … Read more

  • 10 Tips to Make Student Services More Visible, Flexible, & Accessible

    10 Tips to Make Student Services More Visible, Flexible, & Accessible

    A growing number of college students are working full time, caring for dependents, and taking classes online. And, in the era of COVID-19, they’re also dealing with anxiety about the future. To succeed in school and in life, they need campus support services that are more visible, flexible, and accessible. By visible, we mean students … Read more

  • 3 Ways Colleges Are Reimagining Virtual Student Services

    As U.S. colleges and universities explore their options for reopening in fall 2020, more than 65% are now planning for in-person instruction. But as they prepare to welcome students back, they’re also developing contingency plans for fully virtual campuses. While most schools have the infrastructure to manage and deliver online learning (an LMS, SIS, and … Read more

  • The Necessity of Virtual Admissions

    The Necessity of Virtual Admissions

    The Necessity of Virtual Admissions In 2019, when prospective students applied for admission, no one had ever heard of COVID-19. Campus tours, overnight visits, and onsite orientations were a normal part of the college application and enrollment process. But in spring 2020, as virtual learning became a necessity at colleges and universities everywhere, so did … Read more

  • What Is Academic Advising Software?

    What Is Academic Advising Software? Academic advising software enables colleges and universities to facilitate and track interactions between students and their academic advisors or college counselors. Typical features include tools for appointment scheduling, virtual meetings, instant messaging, student success plans, plus data and analytics for reporting. Why online advising is a prerequisite for online learning … Read more

  • What’s the Best Video Conferencing for Higher Ed?

    What’s the Best Video Conferencing for Higher Ed?

    As COVID-19 forces classes and student services online, many colleges and universities have turned to Zoom for virtual meetings. Used widely by businesses for video conferencing, Zoom is now being stress tested by higher ed. So far, it’s not making the grade. At issue are concerns over privacy and security. Last month, a Zoom user … Read more

  • Online Counseling: Serving Students With Disabilities

    Online Counseling: Serving Students With Disabilities

    By Dennis O. Cambara M.A., DSPS/RISE Counselor/Instructor at the Chabot College Disabled Student Resource Center (DSRC) Last month, the Online Counseling Network invited me to present in a series of webinars about how colleges are using ConexED to increase student access to online counseling and advising. As a counselor/instructor for the Disabled Student Resource Center … Read more

  • Campus Preparedness and Coronavirus

    Campus Preparedness and Coronavirus

    Colleges and universities worldwide are responding to COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus). Most campus preparedness plans include a strategy for moving classes and services to an online format. We’d like to help The ConexED platform is uniquely positioned to help schools deliver online advising, support, and instruction. It can be used for student services … Read more

  • Connecting Students With Campus Services

    Connecting Students With Campus Services

    Cory Stokes has a big title for good reason. As Digital Learning Officer and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah, he oversees online programs, digital learning infrastructure, the testing center, and curriculum administration service teams. In other words, if it’s digital and designed to improve student learning outcomes, it’s in Cory … Read more

  • A Brief History of Education Technology Companies in Utah

    A Brief History of Education Technology Companies in Utah

    If you’ve ever wondered why so many education technology companies got their start in Utah, the simple answer is proximity. Not to world-class ski resorts and national parks (although they may have helped), but to a hotbed of higher ed and high tech. Silicon Slopes—Utah’s booming startup and tech community—boasts 7,000 tech-focused companies. Most are … Read more

  • Students Services for the Digital Age

    Students Services for the Digital Age

    Which type of educational technology comes to mind when you hear the words “teaching and learning”? Like most faculty and staff, you probably think about your LMS. (Then, you think about the fidget spinner that got you through fall semester.) But what about software for student services? Your campus LMS is a central hub for … Read more

  • Are Online Learning, Virtual Learning, E-Learning, Distance Learning, and Blended Learning the Same?

    Are Online Learning, Virtual Learning, E-Learning, Distance Learning, and Blended Learning the Same?

    Learning online is a vast landscape. If asked, most of us would describe learning online in one specific way: learning on a computer. But learning online is more nuanced and includes a spectrum of characteristics. The terms online learning, virtual learning, e-learning, distance learning, and blended learning are unique; each refers to the act of … Read more

  • Four More Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons

    Four More Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons

    In Part 1, we talked about four effective instructional strategies and ways to implement them in virtual settings. In this post, we’ll explore four more strategies, each of which support student learning by promoting student ownership, metacognition, literacy, and application. Virtual settings pose particular advantages and particular challenges, so in addition to the planning of … Read more

  • Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons | ConexED

    Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons | ConexED

    Last week, I presented some best practices for facilitating a successful virtual meeting: checking your technology, creating a professional background, having resources available, using engaging tools and structures, and determining next steps and making sure to follow through. Likewise, participants can contribute to successful meetings by using best practices of their own. Most importantly, the … Read more

  • Five Tips for Promoting Faculty Wellness in Higher Ed

    Five Tips for Promoting Faculty Wellness in Higher Ed

    I heard once that being a college professor is, objectively, the least stressful job available. Looking through multiple lists from career resource sites highlighting low-stress jobs, the job of professor is almost always in the top 10. The flexible hours and work-life balance, connecting with students and building relationships with them, the enjoyment of inquiry … Read more

  • Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting | ConexED

    Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting | ConexED

    Last week, I presented some best practices for facilitating a successful virtual meeting: checking your technology, creating a professional background, having resources available, using engaging tools and structures, and determining next steps and making sure to follow through. Likewise, participants can contribute to successful meetings by using best practices of their own. Most importantly, the … Read more

  • Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings

    Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings

    Virtual meetings provide a great opportunity to meet with students and diversify the circumstances in which to connect. Meeting in person is not always an option, especially for students who commute to campus, who have obligations outside of school that impact scheduling, or who have disabilities or other physical needs. Academic and student service office … Read more

  • Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important | ConexED Blog

    Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important | ConexED Blog

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in 1974, is the guiding legislation for what educational bodies can and cannot do with student information. Similar to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in healthcare, FERPA stipulates that institutions must protect the privacy of student records, and it also governs the … Read more

  • Six Ways to Know You’re Following FERPA | ConexED

    Six Ways to Know You’re Following FERPA | ConexED

    FERPA is a privacy law that protects student information and stipulates that education institutions must protect the confidentiality of student records. It also governs the release of and access to students’ education records. Students may access their records at any time, but institutions cannot release student information without explicit permission. FERPA is crucial legislation because … Read more

  • Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting

    Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting

    This blog is a series on postsecondary students’ long-term motivation during their degree programs and how student service departments can foster motivation at all points of the student’s journey. Postsecondary academic journeys are simply exciting; embarking on a degree program is an entirely new experience and one fraught with potential. Whether a student is joining … Read more

  • Summer Loving | The Connection Between Student Onboarding and Support Services

    Summer Loving | The Connection Between Student Onboarding and Support Services

    I am in the midst of training for my new role as a course instructor in a higher education institution. I am, essentially, a new student. I have been in training for almost three weeks and have attended numerous sessions and completed numerous training modules. I am learning the many facets that make up the … Read more

  • Part 4: Language Learner Students |

    Part 4: Language Learner Students |

    Defining and Adapting to Changing Student Demographics This blog is the fourth in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and … Read more

  • Part 3: Accommodating and Adapting to Low-Income Students

    Part 3: Accommodating and Adapting to Low-Income Students

    This blog is the third in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and characteristics they possess influences their motivation for … Read more

  • Part 2: Defining and Adapting to Changing Student Demographics

    Part 2: Defining and Adapting to Changing Student Demographics

    This blog is the second in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and characteristics they possess influences their motivation for … Read more

  • Part 1: Student Demographics: Nontraditional Students are the New Normal

    Part 1: Student Demographics: Nontraditional Students are the New Normal

    This blog is the first in a four-part series about the current demographics of students in postsecondary settings and how to address their specific needs with a multi-tiered system. The reasons for pursuing a postsecondary degree are unique to each student, and the amalgam of experience, goals, and characteristics they possess influences their motivation for … Read more

  • Holding Ourselves Accountable: The Value of Standards in Higher Education

    Holding Ourselves Accountable: The Value of Standards in Higher Education

    Last year, I attended a five-day professional development session in Los Angeles with the Standards Institute to learn best practices in curriculum and instruction. The Standards Institute is designed by UnboundEd, an organization dedicated to student equity and outcomes with an emphasis on standards-based instruction; as part of their mission, they provide free curriculum, such … Read more