Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

CampusCoin offers new cashless alternative

Monday, September 15, 2014

A new payment method for college campuses is leveraging the design elements of popular social networking sites to create a user-friendly payment experience for students. CampusCoin is an online marketplace that uses virtual currency, and according to the company’s co-founder, the solution is a blend of Pinterest, Craigslist and Free and For Sale.

Combining Pinterest’s layout, Craigslist-style listings and the community-centered marketplace of Free and For Sale, CampusCoin enables users to post and sell goods and services. Users can then purchase anything from concert tickets to tips and advice from older students, using a virtual currency called CampusCoins. 

Pre-printing cardstock: When, why and how?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whether to pre-print static areas of the institution’s cardstock or rely on desktop printers to add all the elements on the fly is an important and debatable topic. There are tangible benefits – both in terms of the cards themselves and the process of issuing them – for a university that pre-prints its cardstock. But there are also drawbacks related to flexibility and timeliness.

ColorID’s higher education and K-12 market manager, Tim Nyblom, spoke with CR80News about when pre-printing card stock is appropriate, why a university should consider it, and most importantly, how they should do it. 

Students use reusable takeout containers in dining halls

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new initiative at Marquette University is giving every freshman and sophomore student living in a university residence hall a reusable takeout container to be used at the university’s dining halls.

The container is called an OZZI and is a 9-by-9 inch plastic container that’s both microwaveable and BPA-free. Provided the initiative goes as planned, the OZZI will replace the estimated tens of thousands of disposable takeout containers that have long filled garbage cans in the campus’ dining halls. 

MIT mulls Bitcoin payments on campus

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Coop bookstore, a retail store serving the campus’ student body, is now accepting bitcoin payments for apparel, textbooks, school supplies and more.

Interest in bitcoin payments has been growing on MIT’s campus for some time now, with a scheduled “airdrop” of $500,000 in bitcoin for MIT undergraduates. The project at MIT intends to provide $100 to every MIT student, and is scheduled to take place sometime this fall. 

RoomActually adds new off-campus student housing platform

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Start-up company RoomActually has launched a software platform that could provide an alternative to off-campus student housing. The self-titled solution provides an AirBnB-like option for universities with large number of off-campus students.

RoomActually enables universities to own and manage their communities of landlords, while offering a safe and efficient means to find and pay for off-campus housing. 

Rutgers to allow preferred names on student IDs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rutgers University has approved a new student preferred name policy that will enable students to use preferred names instead of legal names on official class rosters, the university’s learning resource management system Sakai and the Rutgers Electronic Grading and Information System.

The new name policy is an attempt to better accommodate international, transgender, gender-nonconforming and LGBT students. Previously, students wishing to be addressed by an alternative name had to email professors in advance, but Zaneta Rago, acting director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers, says the new policy will eliminate that process 

Attendance evolved

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baltimore County Public Schools stays ahead of its large population with contactless student IDs

Attendance is a primary, daily function at virtually every elementary, middle and high school across the country. For large schools and districts, logging and reporting student attendance can be an incessant challenge. In Baltimore, a new system is redefining attendance with the student ID card, paving the way for improved campus safety and efficiency.

To aid in this challenge, ScholarChip – a smart card ID provider for the K-12 market and payment gateway and electronic signature provider for Higher Education – has developed a centralized school safety system that leverages a one-card solution.