Costs, peer collaboration, technology, and more solutions for higher-ed administrators

  1.   Costs

According to a 2014 Forbes survey, the number one issue facing the majority of colleges and universities is the issue of balancing budgeting and costs.  Currently, higher educational institutions around the country spend thousands of dollars on the upkeep and maintenance of physical tutoring departments.  When every penny counts, StudyTree is a solution.  Combining our intrinsically cost-effective, on-demand platform and finance dashboard that allows administrators to monitor tutoring expenses, colleges and universities can save thousands of dollars—all while making a huge impact on the positive academic success of their students.  

  1.    Sustainable Implementation Strategies

Let’s face it; as more individuals and firms begin to realize both the economic and environmental long run benefits of internal sustainability, sustainable architecture will become the new normal.  Some universities, such as Drexel University, are heavily focused on innovation and sustainable features within all buildings; however, the vast majority of colleges and universities are having trouble shifting to more sustainable implementation strategies.  StudyTree can help.  By combining a user-friendly interface with an intuitive online platform, StudyTree can help save money that would typically be spent on maintenance and construction of physical tutoring centers: saving colleges and universities thousands while helping to instill a sustainable mindset.

  1.   Balancing Research Opportunities with a Commitment to Education

With 73% of students attending universities that conduct some degree of research (www.usnews.com), many universities are faced with a dilemma: how to effectively balance time and expenditures to advance both internal research and education.  With the ever important concept of ranking in the minds of nearly all college and university administrators, this dilemma can be difficult.  StudyTree can actually benefit both aspects: research and education.  With StudyTree’s intuitive A.I. platform, professors, administrators, and tutors can accurately pinpoint problem areas within a student’s and/or class’s lesson comprehension and develop strategic personal and group study plans.  With quicker access to and termination of problem areas, professors can spend less time analyzing class performance and more time incorporating their personal or field research into the class curriculum—comprehensively advancing both research and education.

  1.    Initiating Peer Collaboration

As author and spiritual master, Dr. Amit Ray, was famously quoted as saying, “The wind, bees and flowers work together to spread the pollen.”—as is the same in the realm of higher education.  Unfortunately, many university students have admitted to experiencing a gap between their academic issue and the availability of their respective professors.  StudyTree can strategically mend this gap in a manner that benefits all aspects of the university community.  With our collaborative view toward on-demand tutoring, students can work directly with their peers who have previously excelled in the same courses they find difficulty in—fostering an enriching and dynamic tutoring experience.  Nevertheless, students are not the only individuals who can benefit from StudyTree’s innovative approach to tutoring.  Professors can also analyze the academic performance of their classes through StudyTree’s intuitive grade recording.  Therefore, professors can now pinpoint and focus directly on aspects of their lectures that the majority of students find difficulty in—effectively allowing the wind, bees and flowers to collaboratively spread the pollen.  

  1.     Implementation of Technology Within the Classroom

Colleges and universities around the country are attempting to enrich their students educational experiences by integrating progressive technologies into the classroom.  Examples of these new implementations include electronic textbooks and even downloadable lecture podcasts such as the ones that Georgetown University is currently in the process of integrating.  However, one of the biggest problems universities face is changing the culture and mindset of education.  Adrian Sannier, vice president, university technology officer and professor of computing studies at Arizona State University optimistically stated, “ We need some lighthouse institutions to do some amazing things with these technologies in classrooms and change them, and then to propagate those.”  StudyTree can allow you college or university to become that “lighthouse institution”.  StudyTree’s progressive highly technological platform has been received well at numerous innovative institutions such as Drexel University.  Now, the only question is, will your college or university become the trailblazer or will it be left in the dust by other institutions who have acted on this new wave of progressive technology?

By: Joe Snyder

5 Steps For Higher Education Administrators To Cut Costs

Colleges across the nation are feeling the pressure to increase revenues. But, they’re missing a key way to balance their budgets: cutting costs. Administrators recognize that unless they change, colleges will face decreased state funding, a loss in education quality, and a decline in external perception and student trust.

Some colleges are trying their own cost-saving methods. Other colleges are hiring consulting firms, like Bain & Company, to solve their problems. So, we’ve synthesized and optimized the key recommendations and we’d like to give some helpful tips so that your school can get the edge.

  1. Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Cost overruns seem like they occurred overnight because no one is paying attention. Your school needs to constantly be looking at key metrics before making decisions. StudyTree has a live dashboard where you can monitor all your tutoring related expenses in real time. Advanced developments with machine learning can predict periods of high expenditure and send you instant alerts so you can prepare. According to a report from Inside Higher Ed, the director of Operational Excellence at UC Berkeley, which saved $75 million dollars per year, says that their decisions are “intensely metric driven.”

  1. Save money by making money.

If you’re like most people, you know it’s difficult to not spend. But, you still need to balance those budgets. Instead of saving, try increasing revenue by attracting more students and offering something no other school can offer: academic success in and out of the classroom. StudyTree gives your school the ability to offer On-Demand Tutoring, which students at schools like Drexel University absolutely enjoy. Students have a variety of higher education choices these days. With online schools and local colleges on the rise, what makes your university stand out?

  1. Save Trees.

$41,000. That’s the amount of money Indiana University saved per year by making one small aspect of their administration paperless. StudyTree can make multiple levels of your school’s academic services department paperless. Our unique tutoring dashboard and smartphone app driven scheduling system can save thousands in paper costs. According to University Business, “the average school of 1,000 spends about $3,000 to $4,000 a month on paper, ink, and toner alone.”

  1. Stop Redundancy

Colleges seem to be partaking in a three-legged race. Jobs that require one person have multiple people, which creates inefficiencies and raises costs. In fact, after streamlining administrative positions, the University of North Carolina was able to save $66 million dollars. If you want to get a slice of your money back, StudyTree can help you. With our automated scheduler and decision making tools, we can help you manage student tutoring at a higher quality with less people.

  1. Simplify.  

Why do colleges have to be a maze of bureaucracy and administration? Part of the problem is that colleges purchase services from large companies that also have mazes of bureaucracy. Small decisions that your administrative team tries to make become prolonged because of approval requirements from higher up in the administrative hierarchy. Don’t settle for inefficiencies. You can feel more independent and flexible by working with StudyTree. We’re not a maze of bureaucracy and we help you implement your ideas as fast you can generate them. ‘Simple’ should be synonymous with ‘saving’ because simplifying your school can save you time and money.

By: Sohum Daftary

Fighting The Stigma Around Tutoring

Let’s face it… There is a real issue pervading college and university campuses around the country.  No, we’re not talking about the lack of adequate parking or the majority of students’ dwindling personal checking accounts.  This is actually an issue that institutions can help to solve today: some students’ concerns with seeking academic help through tutoring.

Academic and social competitiveness is not something esoteric to only Ivy League and top-tier institutions.  College and university students—around the country—are in constant competition for fellowships, internships, school club memberships, and ultimately career positions.  There is no doubt that nearly everything that requires an application asks for the applicants GPA: like the widely known college motto goes, “pain is temporary, GPA is forever”.   

We’ve all been there… Caffeine coursing through our veins, preparing for the our hardest classes’ high-stakes final exam and realizing how little we understand.  In some instances, this situation can be so bad that we can’t even begin to pinpoint what we do and don’t understand.   This “pain” or intense preparation for quizzes, exams, and other graded assignments can sometimes be the demise of college or university students who don’t understand the required study material.  Often times, in these unfortunate situations—when everything is on the line—some highly competitive students may view reaching out for a tutor’s help as acceptance of “defeat” or “weakness”.  Thankfully, this pervasive sentiment can be a thing of the past with on-demand tutoring.

We must not forget that tutoring isn’t always about academic assistance.  Often times, professors are receptive and an accessible resource for academic assistance; however, some students may feel uncomfortable or perhaps even too “shy” to directly consult their professors.  Sometimes, tutoring is about confidentially lending an ear or providing students with helpful advice to get them through the most stressful of times during the term.  Regardless of the circumstances, StudyTree realizes the intrinsic benefits of peer to peer academic collaboration.

With our application, students have access to a wealth of peer tutors who are ready and able to assist them at any time of day or night.  Whether a student is in urgent need of academic help for that high-stakes, 8:00 A.M. exam, or simply someone to discuss their concerns with; students can rest assured in knowing that their experience will be collaborative, interactive, and confidential.  
StudyTree’s on-demand tutoring solution is completely different from the conventional and often archaic tutoring centers used in colleges and universities across the country.  StudyTree has a solution: by strategically combining convenience and accessibility with an intuitive and interactive interface and a design chic enough to please the trendiest of students, we can foster a confidential, peer to peer, and academically enriching environment that can empower students to break their cycle of academic issues—all by the use of their computer, tablet, or smartphone device.

By: Joe Snyder