October 31, 2017
Why Every College and University Needs a Modern Student Portal

As more and more of our life is transacted online, expectations grow about what services are offered from a college or university and how they are delivered. Whether you are enrolling a new student or supporting a current student, a portal is a cornerstone technology for delivering the content, applications, and services needed to be successful.

Portals have changed completely in the past few years. New portal strategies based on web content management software provide better "brand forward" online experiences, a more agile and web-friendly integration approach with back office and legacy applications, and support for more engaging content and web experiences.  

If you are thinking of launching a new portal or enhancing your current online services, the following benefits may be important for your planning and business justification.  

Support from Day One

Any student, new or returning, has a long “To Do List” prior to beginning the school year. Students need to select courses, get familiar with the institution grounds, find out where classes take place, common meeting areas, living facilities, the library, bookstore, department offices and much more. And this is only the "school" part. There's an entire social aspect to adjust to as well.

Your goal as a student's college of choice is to make the adjustment as easy as possible. You want to provide students with tools that help them easily find the information they need. That's why you need a Digital Experience Portal – or a Student Portal as we like to call it.

But it's not just the beginning of a school year when you need to support your students. It's all year. Students need access to financial services, learning management systems to submit assignments and get their grades, they need to work with other students on projects, and they need to update their student profile.

You could make your students go to multiple systems, and contact multiple people, or search across any number of applications to find the information they need. But there is a better way. A student portal provides an engaging student experience with a single point of access and hub to all applications, information, and content.

Eliminate Information Silos

One of the biggest obstacles that a student portal removes is the number of information silos found across colleges and universities today. Think about all the systems that store information on your college:

  • Student Information Systems, ERPs, CRMs
  • Learning Management System
  • Facilities
  • Courses, Departments, Professors profiles
  • Notifications for school closures, class changes, etc.
  • Bookstore e-commerce systems

It's impossible to keep track of everything individually. A modern Student Portal can provide centralized, secure access to student and facility information by connecting to these systems and pulling key information into the portal.

Not Just Another Legacy Portal

The word portal often carries a negative connotation because most people think about the legacy portals that are little more than glorified link holders. A modern Student Portal is much more than its legacy counterparts combining single-sign-on access to key systems, but also offering a content-driven experience within the portal itself.

What does that mean? Well, it can start with a dashboard that is personalized to each student, showing relevant information about courses they are taking, a class schedule, notifications of financial payments due and other student-specific content. The portal also provides direct access to key systems such as the LMS and financial systems making it easier for students to submit assignments or make tuition payments.

Create other portal pages to provide additional content for students, as well as other capabilities. For example, many classes may have study groups or project groups that require a place to collaborate. Social groups may want to create communities where they can share event notifications and other activities. A modern student portal provides all of this, in a consistent, seamless experience.

And let's not forget that the student portal must be mobile friendly because we all know that's how students engage much of the time – from their smartphones and tablets.

Our Philosophy: Your Students Deserve the Best

Ingeniux believes every student deserves the best tools to support their academic endeavors and works hard to ensure educational institutions can create the right student experiences based on their specific student use cases.

The Ingeniux Student Portal empowers colleges and universities to create a brand forward experience that demonstrates the uniqueness of the school and the students who attend.

Posted by David Hillis
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