We had the pleasure of attending the NACCU 2016 conference in San Francisco recently where we learned more about how North American campuses are looking at bringing technology and innovation to their students. Some of our observations:
Mobile is a hot topic for campuses
The campus card is a core component of student life, giving students access and validating their registration at their respective school. As the world becomes more digital, especially for younger students, schools are looking for ways to apply mobile solutions to traditional systems.
Student cards will do more
Campuses are looking to make the campus card an all encompassing solution for their students – whether it’s enabling activity and creating engagement for on-campus services like dining, transportation, utilities or even social life.
New, smaller tech players are disrupting the market
The campus space is one that has been typically dominated by big, legacy players like Blackboard. But there appears to be more disruption happening in the space, especially on the Point-of-Sale side. Many small to mid-size campuses are looking for more affordable Point-of-Sale solutions, which are also mobile friendly.
There’s a focus on experience enhancing technology
Campuses are exploring all options in terms of technology to enable a better on campus experience for students whether it is NFC or even Bluetooth.