Time and time again, business owners debate whether to build or buy a software solution to solve the many problems they face.
Our development team have been hard at work building amazing features just in time for the New Year.
Whether you’re an existing SEAtS user or you want to find out more about the No.1 Student Success Platform, we’ve got a collection of exciting updates to share.
The first semester can be overwhelming for students; managing workload, making new friends, homesickness, social anxiety, academic stress, meeting deadlines. While graduates look back at the challenges of the first semester with a great sense of pride and achievement, it is difficult to appreciate the lessons at the time. Many students struggle with the transition to higher education, so it is incumbent on the institution to provide services that help students along the way.
Higher education institutions (HEI’s) in the 21st century face many and varied challenges. The reporting demands alone are daunting and seem unending. Add to this a complex regulatory framework and ever increasing ‘accountability’ and you begin to get some idea of the challenging environment of global higher education.
Predictive analytics in higher education
Institutions are turning to Predictive Analytics to increase their bottom line and competitive advantage. In order for educational institutions to differentiate themselves and remain competitive, institutions must identify and understand the needs of their students. Traditional surveys are retrospective and only offer an insight after the fact. Real-time data like attendance and grades provide current and future insights.
SEAtS Software is the most popular commercial Attendance Monitoring System in UK universities.
Corporate Information Systems Group (CISG) recently published their annual report of all UCISA member institutions. The results confirm that SEAtS Software is twice as popular as its nearest commercial competitor.
SEAtS wants to reverse a worrying trend in colleges which has seen student retention rates decrease for the 4th year running.
A key indicator of student progress is attendance. SEAtS provides the hardware and software to record accurate attendance. Attendance data combined with dozens of other data points offer a complete digital progress report of each student. Workflows allow faculty administrators to automate contact with the student and escalate at-risk students for data-driven case management.
Early intervention increases student retention, and reduces the financial and reputational loss for both the university and the student. EdTech has seen an explosion in popularity in Higher Education over the last decade, and SEAtS Software is leading the way.
Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand is now live with SEAtS Student Success Platform after only 46 days implementation.
Unitec will use SEAtS to deliver the best possible student experience and outcomes, while supporting Unitec’s Student Retention, Engagement, and Compliance Programs.
Since going live, the SEAtS system has delivered the following key benefits:
- Attendance tracking of 20,000 FTE students and over 60,000 students in total
- Simple student check-in using SEAtS mobile app and Student ID Card readers
- Integrated Data streams from both Peoplesoft SIS and Timetable systems.
SEAtS is student success, student attendance and learning analytics software in the cloud, on mobile, and built to work from day one. Learn more about all of our solutions here.
If you would like any further information on how you can put SEAtS to work at your institution, just drop us a mail or call us on the number below.
v2 App Stats
10,349 students used SEAtS v2 mobile app in the first week of availability on the iOS and Android App Stores.
Students experienced 145,000 interactions with the new app in the first week.
The average interaction time was 27 seconds
70% of devices were iPhones
Students in the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Ireland are using the new app.
Maintaining a Tier 4 sponsor Licence is a priority for all Higher Education Institutions.
According to PWC’s 2018 report on Managing Risk in Higher Education, UKVI compliance is top of all HEI risk registers.
SEAtS have worked with several HEI’s to create a reliable solution that removes Tier 4 licensing from their risk register.
Below are a list of Tier 4 Sponsor responsibilities that SEAtS Software helps resolve:
- To take and keep copies of students’ passports, immigration status documents, visas or Biometric Residence Permits.
- To keep an up to date record of students’ contact details.
- To hold a copy of a student’s Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate where required by the student’s programme of study or research.
- To check that students have registered as required and to report those students who fail to register on time to UKVI.
- To monitor each student’s attendance and to report any discontinuation of studies or unauthorised absence to UKVI.
- To report deferrals, suspensions, withdrawals and terminations of study to UKVI.
- To notify UKVI of any significant changes in your circumstances, e.g. a change to your immigration status such that you are no longer sponsored under Tier 4, a change of programme at the University, early completion of your studies.
- To notify UKVI of any information which suggests a sponsored student is breaching the conditions of his/her immigration permission.
SEAtS is the world’s most effective student success platform in Higher Education. International students contribute enormously and SEAtS prioritises UKVI for HEI and Student Success.
Learn more about how SEAtS delivers in UKVI, Student Attendance, Predictive Analytics, Early Alert Systems and Case Management.
I am delighted to announce that SEAtS Software has again been awarded a place on the G-Cloud procurement framework, now in its 10th iteration.
G-Cloud is a government initiative which aims to make it easier for government bodies to buy cloud-based services, acting as a government-sanctioned marketplace. SEAtS was chosen as it met stringent standards of high quality, credibility and experience.
The primary goal of G-Cloud is to provide public sector organisations the opportunity to buy cloud services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process.
G-Cloud 10 is important for small and medium sized enterprises like SEAtS as it asks suppliers what they can offer rather than how they can meet a brief which encourages innovation.
Since 2012, more than £3 billion of cloud and digital services have been procured by public bodies through G-Cloud, with 48% of that spend going directly to SMEs.
Higher Education Institutions are subject to public standards of accountability. Basic procurement regulations ensure that money is spent in a way that is fair, open and good value for money. The tendering process can lead to a “race to the bottom” where price is put before quality; leading to inefficiencies and failed ICT implementation because the winning bid is simply unable to deliver on the cheapest price. The commonly used lowest price tendering approach can seriously damage software implementation, and damage reputation.
SEAtS Software are delighted to be a part of a government initiative that aims to improve public procurement efficiency, and cost management.
Visit SEAtS Software on the digital marketplace by clicking the link below and find out how we do business.
I am delighted to announce that SEAtS new student mobile app for iOS and Android is available for download for even more efficient Student Attendance recording.
As you may know, SEAtS have been working on new architecture for the SEAtS Mobile iOS and Android Apps. We are now using the Microsoft Mobile Development Stack. This will give us the capacity to add new features faster in the future. We have got some exciting new features to share with you in this release. We will be adding many more exciting new features in the coming months. The SEAtS Product Marketing team will keep you updated on these new features via email.
You Ask, We Deliver
The feedback from customers was that many students struggled with the mobile code SMS, and an easier student on-boarding experience was needed. The SEAtS App now integrates with your Azure AD / ADFS security. The student will install the app and enter their university email credentials. It will then authenticate with the University Active Directory. SEAtS will continue to support text message sign-up for now. The student will then be able to access the SEAtS App and check in to class, view their attendance history and upcoming events.