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Let’s start this blog off right – lie to me

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Posted on August 11, 2017 in Security

Hello, Smarter Campus readers! My name is Vincent Grimard and I’m the Chief Security Officer for Nelnet Corporate Security Group. For the purpose of this blog, I’ll be sharing security tips and stories intended to make the typically black and white world of security a little more colorful. With that being the focus, I meant... Read More »

Jedi mind tricks: Part two

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Posted on August 11, 2017 in Professional Development

Luke Skywalker: “I can’t believe it.” Yoda: “That is why you fail.” This is the second in a series of four blog posts on my favorite Jedi mind tricks. My first Jedi mind trick highlights how to process a situation prior to responding. Jedi Mind Trick #2: Reframing and Perspective Taking As I write this... Read More »

User group 2017 highlights

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Posted on June 22, 2017 in Conferences and Events

We hosted our annual user group, Campus Tech on the Move, May 31st through June 2nd in New York City. From learning best practices on engaging with incoming Gen Z students, to gaining a stronger understanding of current mobility trends and how to automate current manual processes, Campus Tech on the Move covered a wide... Read More »

Listening in a mobile world

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Posted on June 15, 2017 in Reaching Students

We all probably like to think we’re a good listener. After all, we wouldn’t be able to work with others if we weren’t able to listen, right? Well, as writer G.K. Chesterton once put it, “There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” Technology has forever changed the way in which we interact with... Read More »

Where user experience and higher education intersect

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Posted on June 07, 2017 in Building Your Smarter Campus, Reaching Students, User experience

To design and utilize products that appeal to your ideal audience, it’s important to understand how your users – in this case, students and families – will consume and use your product(s). The user experience can be summed up by how your user feels interacting with a product or service. Ultimately, the user experience plays... Read More »

Jedi mind tricks: Part one

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Posted on June 01, 2017 in Professional Development

This is the first in a series of four blog posts on my favorite Jedi mind tricks. Try them in your office, on your campus, and with those whom you most frequently interact. Jedi Mind Trick #1: Choose response over reaction The delay in line made no sense. “What are these people thinking? Who in... Read More »

Campus Tech On The Move

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Posted on April 27, 2017 in Conferences and Events

Campus Tech On The Move Join us in NYC, May 31 – June 2 As we draw nearer to the 2017 User Group Conference, Campus Tech On the Move, Nelnet Campus Commerce is excited to announce that Matthew Sapienza, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer at the City University of New York (CUNY) will... Read More »

Why social media is the best way to reach incoming students

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Posted on April 16, 2017 in Reaching Students

Your institution is about to experience a generational shift. The youngest millennial students are graduating and Gen Z will soon take over the campus. Are you prepared to meet their expectations? We surveyed 271 higher ed professionals in conjunction with University Business magazine to determine the level of concern institutions were feeling about a change... Read More »

4 things to look for in a Higher Ed payment partner

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Posted on April 15, 2017 in Partnership, Payment Technology Trends

Choosing the right payment processing provider for your college or university can be a challenging and, at times, an overwhelming task. Whether your enrollment size is a few thousand or tens of thousands, there are several qualities to consider before making your decision. 1. Security & Compliance The number of payment interactions on college campuses... Read More »

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