Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

With off-campus programs, more can be better

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Programs flourish when multiple campuses share merchant network

Just a few short years ago, allowing a university’s campus card to be used off campus was a no-no. Fears about losing precious on-campus income to merchants surrounding the campus prevented many universities from taking the step.

But as Jason Tiede, director of Blackboard’s off-campus program, BbOne, says they now have become the norm. “It’s unique if you don’t have one. Besides, students want it. They want the expanded services, such as late night dining, weekend offerings, delivery and gas. It’s not so much they want something that’s physically away from campus, they want those services that a school otherwise couldn’t provide on its own.”

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The University of Memphis’ Student Government Association has voted to enable the university’s student ID to be used at off-campus dining locations.

Memphis students can now use their Tiger Funds to pay for meals at local area restaurants. For now, the Daily Helmsman reports that the program will undergo a trial run with Garibaldi’s, Domino’s and Ubee’s – all restaurants located near the campus. More locations will be added as the program grows, however, and the Student Government Association claims there are already a number of local restaurants looking to sign up.

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The University of South Alabama has outfitted its students with a campus ID credential that enables funds to be loaded onto the card and used at various retail and restaurant locations in and around campus.

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The 2014 NACCU conference is just weeks away. The conference offers an opportunity to gain knowledge and skill that can help to efficiently plan, implement or expand a campus card program. The conference provides attendees with the opportunity to share ideas with peers at networking events, attend educational sessions and explore the latest card technology and services at the Exhibit Hall.

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No more waiting in line for validation stickers to place on student IDs at the Hawaii University’s Mānoa campus. Starting next fall, Kaleo reports that students will be able to validate their IDs electronically at the same time they pay off their student account balance.

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