Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Episode 49: Community College card landscape

Monday, March 15, 2010

Community colleges have typically had student ID cards but have not had many applications for them. Jay Summerall, president and founder at CardSmith, says this is changing and talks about the community campus market and the company’s new product with CR80News Editor Zack Martin.



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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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Students at Williams College are swapping their mag stripe student IDs for a new, combined mag stripe and proximity credential.

The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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Waukesha County Technical College has started its search for a new banking partner to fill its on-campus location.

A 2009 poll conducted at the Waukesha County Technical College found that 69% of students would use an on-campus bank. Now, the school is seeking proposals for a full-service branch on its Pewaukee campus.

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A new payment method for college campuses is leveraging the design elements of popular social networking sites to create a user-friendly payment experience for students. CampusCoin is an online marketplace that uses virtual currency, and according to the company’s co-founder, the solution is a blend of Pinterest, Craigslist and Free and For Sale.

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A new student-led proposal at Columbia University is looking to place stickers on student ID cards that display contact information for sexual and mental health resources.

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