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Penn State says ‘no’ to edtech disconnect–so can you!

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In order to better harness the technological innovations ripe for higher ed’s use toward its own reinvention,Penn State’s EdTech Network is leveraging the University’s size and broad research strengths to be a driver for job creation, economic development and student career success—and they’re asking other colleges, universities, faculty and staff, students, and companies to join.

Key Points:

  • Started in the fall of 2015, the EdTech Network promotes active collaboration among companies, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to foster transformational education technology.
  • It’s part of Penn State President Eric Barron’s $30 million Invent Penn State initiative, which aims to drive job creation, economic development, and student career success by connecting researchers and innovators with the people who can help bring their discoveries to the marketplace.
  • There are no application fees or obligations to become a member of the EdTech Network.

Rising Importance

According to Glenn Braddock, executive director of the Student Success Center at Excelsior College, and Dave Jarrat, VP at InsideTrack, there is a major disconnect between the edtech used by institutions and their own innovative goals.

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InsideTrack Partners with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative to Strengthen First-Generation College Enrollment

SAN FRANCISCO AND WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2016) — InsideTrack, the student support innovator that has coached more than 1.3 million students across more than 1,600 higher education programs, announced today its partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign to increase college access among first-generation college students.

Reach Higher and Better Make Room announced plans to provide students across the country with personalized information and encouragement about important college and financial aid resources and deadlines through an initiative called Up Next. The student support initiative was announced at the third annual White House Beating the Odds Summit, which celebrates college-bound students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education after high school.

Red tape requirements such as scheduling and financial aid can often prevent students from successfully enrolling in their first year of college. InsideTrack is helping partner institutions reach those incoming students at key moments through text messaging and mobile technology to ensure they complete college enrollment and financial aid tasks.

Through Up Next, students will receive timely messages and notifications from coaches and advisers, helping them to meet critical milestones relating to financial aid, enrollment and course registration.

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