EduKan has been is seeing an average of 15% growth the past few years due to the selection of courses offered and the value and convenience of online education growing in popularity. A recent report from the research firm, Ambient Insight, predicts that by 2015 there will be 25 million post-secondary students in the US taking classes online and that about 4.1 million students will be attending physical campuses. While this growth is good news for students and online colleges, there is a heavy burden to face with the management of the verification process of their students as required by the Education Act. EduKan selected BSI as a partner so they could exceed these regulatory requirements for student verification, keep administrative tasks associated with their growth to a minimum, and provide a transparent solution to students that are low-cost and easy to use while maintaining the highest level of student integrity.
“We wanted to find a solution that was transparent to our students while respecting their privacy, be available anytime, be cost-effective and maintain the highest level of student integrity.” Said Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of EduKan. “BSI’s solution was tested in a pilot and proven to work for the faculty, administration and from the student’s perspective, making it a win-win.”
EduKan found that BSI’s Identity Management software could enable them to grow their online enrollment while keeping costs down. BSI’s software does not require any additional hardware or software downloads, can be used on any PC anywhere, anytime, does not collect personal identifying information, and tracks and reports all interactions. The cost per student for this technology is capped per student, thereby saving students money on additional examination proctoring fees, which was also a benefit for keeping the cost of education manageable for the students.
“We’re finding that more organizations realize that passwords and pins can be used by anyone and they need to focus on the identification of the “physical user”,” said Jeff Maynard, CEO, Biometric Signature ID. “Our IAM solution meets the needs of today’s online education institutions allowing them to grow and manage costs while being user-friendly and exceeding regulatory requirements.”
BSI’s premier product BioSig-ID™ is a unique biometric handwriting and gesture technology that is activated simply by using a mouse to create an online positive ID and includes their Click-ID technology designed to verify the user’s identity by clicking on specific objects in a selected image. USignOnline™
About Biometric Signature ID
A Dallas-based software company, Biometric Signature ID, Inc. (BSI), provides solutions to reduce identity fraud through its’ patented BioSig-ID Online™ biometric handwriting and gesture technologies. Activation is from any mouse, stylus, or touchpad on any PC anywhere, anytime. BioSig-ID captures how you write/draw your signature including your speed, direction, angle, and length, which are unique to each individual. Users enroll one time to create a profile (stored in a secure database) and thereafter validate their identity in seconds. BioSig-ID stops identity fraud by restricting access to only registered users who verify themselves against their stored biometric profile. During the past twelve months, BSI has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan for developing the Product Innovation of the Year, and have been vetted by the 17-member advisory committee of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and granted a commercialization award for their break-through technology and most recently received a proof-of-performance validation from the Tolly Group’s independent testing lab receiving a 99.97% rating of accuracy. Their identity proofing products have worldwide applications including student ID verification, secure online banking, and healthcare records access and identity verifications for Internet-based transactions. To learn more about how BSI solutions can help with your Identity proofing needs visit our web site at http://www.biosig-
EduKan provides access to quality higher education through degrees, certificates, individual courses, support services and emerging market-driven programming. Beginning in the spring of 1998, six presidents of western Kansas’s community colleges met to evaluate an online means of offering courses to their student populations. From these early meetings, EduKan was formed. EduKan is not a separate institution, but instead a cooperative effort between member colleges to offer courses via the Internet beginning fall 1999. Those who enroll in the online program will be able to take course work that may lead to an associate degree from one of six participating institutions. The institutions involved include: Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, in Liberal. For more information, please visit http://www.edukan.org.
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