Is the future of education data-driven?
Technology plays a significant role in how educational institutions differentiate themselves, unlock fresh opportunities to educate new learners via innovative business models and pursue strategic business initiatives. Having flexible and scalable digital platforms built on trust that marries data and intelligence in a way that is student-centric and supported by a vibrant ecosystem of providers and skilled higher education users is key.
Faster integrations enable universities to keep pace with today’s students’ expectations while taking the burden of manual work off the end users. Think of all the highly repetitive and recurring processes happening every day in universities like application process, tuition reconciliation and housing assignments — these can and should be automated.
Modernising education with the power of data
Colleges and universities that are serious about future-proofing their business model are already leveraging innovative, data-driven solutions to modernise their IT infrastructure and drive connected experiences for students, faculty and alumni with fast, streamlined and efficient processes.
Check out how data can unlock immense potential for higher education institutions here:
AI-powered integration platforms use advanced machine learning algorithms to learn from millions of metadata elements and billions of data flows. Then that learning is applied to improve the speed and quality of integrations across data, applications, and business processes.
By harnessing the power of innovative, data-driven platforms, higher education institutions also have access to data and analytics that are key to better decisioning, allowing them to compete at scale and lower costs.
As an example, SnapLogic’s Intelligent Integration Platform uses AI-powered workflows to accelerate all stages of IT integration projects – design, development, deployment, and maintenance – whether on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.
The platform’s easy-to-use, self-service interface enables both expert and citizen integrators to manage all application integration, data integration, API management, B2B integration and data engineering projects on a single, scalable platform.
With SnapLogic, higher education institutions can connect all of their systems quickly and easily to automate processes, accelerate analytics and drive modern learning experiences.
The universities getting it right
As colleges and universities around the globe race to integrate data and apps to ensure students’ health, safety, remote learning and modern learning experience, the following three universities serve as a model for those seeking progress.
Davidson College, ranked amongst the strongest and most selective private liberal arts colleges, partnered with SnapLogic to integrate more than 200 apps into its service catalogue five years ago. And lucky it did, because when COVID hit, the college was able to safely remain open, which was critical as 95% of its student body lives and studies on campus.
Davidson College connected to SnapLogic to integrate Kuali, a low-code form and workflow automation platform for higher ed, with other applications, creating a unique COVID test and surveillance tracking system.
“Thanks to SnapLogic, we were able to roll out the first version of the COVID-19 surveillance tracking system in less than 10 days, and that jump-started our process to keep our student-athletes, faculty and staff safe on campus at the beginning of the pandemic,” says JD Mills, Digital Transformation Manager at Davidson College.
Throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Davidson College completed 77,000 COVID tests. The college was able to automate the process to the point that it took just 50 seconds for a person to check in, get tested and exit, further minimising potential exposure to COVID.
“The biggest thing that confronting this challenge did for us in IT was validate our integration strategy. This pushed us to work with real-time data and rapid response and confirmed that our strategy was on track,” says Mills.