CampusGroups: Rethinking Campus Experience with an All-in-One Platform
Yorick Ser, Founder & CEO
The past year has etched a different story for educational institutions worldwide. The excitement of campus tours, enrollments, orientations, and long-awaited graduation ceremonies got marred by plexiglass barriers, testing stations, and social distancing norms owing to the pandemic. Even though the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of several technologies to continue the teaching-learning process virtually, many colleges were compelled to shut their doors, leaving students feeling lost and detached. Apart from this, different software applications and products have made the entire online education landscape complex and challenging to manage, not to mention the budgetary strain it has put on institutions. In such a scenario, the question then arises about improving student engagement and retention while mirroring the campus experience from a single source.
It is at this juncture that CampusGroups comes into play. Founded in 2005, the company delivers an all-in-one campus experience through its powerful tools around communication, event management, virtual fairs, groups, payments, organisational workflows, and more. In addition, it helps tether campus communities to keep students engaged, in hybrid, online, and physical campus environments. “Our platform (CampusGroups) is a one-stop-shop for students and we help campuses succeed with powerful, customizable solutions to enable student engagement and retention throughout the student life cycle,” states Yorick Ser, the Founder and CEO at CampusGroups.
CampusGroups’ self-named software platform supports all activities for students and the administration, including student organization management, overall community management, residential community management, and orientations, among many. It supports the journey of students from enrolment or even pre-enrollment through graduation and alumni. The company also delivers several individual tools for managing communication, sharing resources, and improving business processes.
The platform combines over 30 unique modules that can be easily customized for clients’ campus communities. These modules include managing registrations in various campus groups, enhancing email marketing capabilities, creating surveys, and organizing elections and polls.
Our platform (CampusGroups) is a onestop- shop for students and we help campuses succeed with powerful, customizable solutions to enable student engagement and retention throughout the student lifecycle
It facilitates the routing of forms to obtain event approvals and find slots for participating in co-curricular activities. Institutions can use the interface to track their expenses and budget and design virtual fairs to increase student involvement online. To date, CampusGroups has helped organize more than 200 virtual fairs, hosting about 86,000 virtual booths that received an influx of over 750,000 student visits allowing them to choose suitable co-curricular activities and job opportunities, even remotely. Administrators can also create their own admission department’s website, design student orientation apps, and maintain continuous communication with students and parents using this interface.
In delivering a one-stop-shop campus experience, the company takes a two-pronged approach. The platform consolidates powerful communication and engagement tools within a single solution and integrates with clients’ existing campus systems, including LMS, SIS, campus calendars, and data warehouses. It can integrate with payment gateways to allow students to pay their dues and other expenses through the platform. Students can also book a space for themselves without leaving the campus using the room reservation software. One of the newest features CampusGroups platform is virtual spaces where students can meet one-on-one or in a group setting to chat or network over video or chat. In some cases, such as campus-wide communication, the company delivers email tools, chats, and feeds. Students and administrators can also access all its functionalities via their mobile applications. While collaborating with institutions, CampusGroups adopts a consultative strategy for understanding their specific needs and match those with its platform functionalities.
CampusGroups is at the forefront of delivering a holistic campus experience to students while streamlining all business processes for administrators. It is currently collaborating with several institutions globally and is focused on improving and building its product to offer improved functionalities. The company is continuing to enhance its mobile applications and work with alumni communities as well. It will also provide a centralized calendar to several institutions along with its campus portal. “We are extremely product-focused and aim at delivering the best product to bring people together and leverage their collective potential for an outstanding community experience,” concludes Ser.
Description Founded in 2005, the company delivers an all-in-one campus experience through its powerful tools around communication, event management, virtual fairs, groups, payments, organizational workflows, and more. In addition, it helps tether campus communities to keep students engaged, in hybrid, online, and physical campus environments. CampusGroups’ self-named software platform supports all activities for students and the administration, including student organization management, overall community management, residential community management, and orientations, among many
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