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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Annual CR80News campus card banking survey

It seems that banks are picking and choosing their battles when it comes to campus card partnerships, with some expanding their reach and others holding steady at their previous numbers. With subtle overall growth, however, it seems that it’s business as usual despite possible future regulations.

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State College Area High School is now using school-issued IDs to log student attendance and record violations.

Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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ScholarChip is providing its IDManager Card Issuance Stations to City University of New York (CUNY) institution, Kingsborough Community College.

When Kingsborough went in search of a new campus credential for its students and staff, one particular demand came to mind: flexibility. Above all else, Kingsborough required a single identification card that could unify its various campus services.

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Everett Community College is making it easier for students to get financial aid disbursements, announcing a new EvCC ID card which will double as a US Bank pre-paid MasterCard debit card, according to The Clipper.

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