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5 Ways SaaS Programs Help Academic Advising Offices Function Better and Boost Student Retention
Cloud computing technology and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) programs have become a proven alternative to traditional computer software for academic advising offices.
Commonly referred to as "on-demand software", SaaS programs are centrally hosted in the cloud, as opposed to an individual desktop computer or network. They’re accessible in the same way as Gmail, Amazon and Facebook.
According to an article in Campus Technology, an industry forecast predicts that cloud computing—which includes SaaS programs—will account for 33 percent of all data center traffic by 2015.
Here are the top five ways why SaaS programs can improve academic advising departments:
1. Improved productivity.
Enable your staff to work more efficiently and productively. For example, online scheduling software lets students book appointments online instead of in-person or over the phone. This frees up a significant amount of time that can be utilized more effectively.
2. Greater accessibility.
These programs are not confined to an individual desktop computer or network. They allow faculty to access them from their laptop, smart phone or tablet anytime, anywhere.
3. Mobile apps.
Many SaaS programs offer mobile apps that provide instant access to their applications via smart phones and tablets. For example, a scheduling app allows advisors to quickly manage their appointment calendar.
4. Automatic updates.
SaaS programs are typically updated automatically, ensuring advisors have access to the newest features. Unlike installed software, no manual downloads or installations are needed.
5. Enhanced student experience.
Many SaaS programs allow the end user—students—
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