Higher Education: IdeaScale and UConn

With colleges and universities often hosting between 5,000 and 20,000 students, it is often hard to wrangle the passionate and diverse opinions held by that many individuals. However, since that is the key demographic that any university is serving, listening to their students is essential.

Which is why the University of Connecticut recently implemented IdeaScale’s University solution for their campus. The University of Connecticut is among the top 20 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. And, according to their website “the state’s flagship institution of higher education, UConn is the only public university in New England with its own Schools of Law, Social Work, Medicine, and Dental Medicine” and last year’s enrollment numbered at more than 30,000 students. That’s a lot of hopes and opinions to manage.

But in order to remain a relevant and leading institution, UConn must listen. In a message from the USG President, they wrote “Any idea that receives 50 votes will automatically be assigned to a committee in USG, so your ideas will really make a difference. It is our hope that this site will be a fun and easy way for students to share their ideas, let the best ideas float to the top, and make serious positive change on our campus.”

IdeaScale offers solutions specifically tailored to University, which is one of the reasons why it was chosen. It has unlimited communities (for institutions with large and diverse student bodies), Facebook integration (because where do you think students are spending their time?), and stringent security standards (enough to satisfy even the most vigilant IT department), among many other features. And, at one price, the University license grants Free Licenses to every student, faculty member and department!

It’s why other institutions like NYU, Wharton, The University of Vermont, and Georgetown University have already applied the IdeaScale solution. You can learn more about it here.

So what are your favorite UConn ideas: on-campus Red Box or energy-saving electricity sensors? How might IdeaScale help improve your campus?

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