Butler University, in partnership with startup company ClearScholar, Inc., has made its new student-facing app available for public download for all students and campus community members.
Per a report from The Butler Collegian, the aim for the mobile app is to create a new and improved digital experience for students that includes student ID, class schedule, campus news, map, account balance and other student specific services.
The Butler app project sprouted up from a grant in September 2014 of $25,000 given by the Innovation Fund to the Butler Student Government Association. The project expanded and was adopted in the summer of 2016 by ClearScholar. The Butler-ClearScholar partnership then released the app at the start of the fall 2016 semester to an initial batch of 100 student testers, dubbed the “Founding 100.”
The application’s first round revealed some bugs and design issues as expected and after further fine tuning ClearScholar released the app to two more groups of students bringing the total user base to 1,000 by the end of the fall semester. Following student feedback, the primary requests were for a student ID feature and links to Google and MyButler — functions that ClearScholar duly implemented.
With the new app, students now have the ability to scan their student ID from within the app adding flexibility and avoiding down time in the event that a student does not have their campus card handy. The student ID feature is currently available at Starbucks, the university’s Health and Recreation Complex, C-Club food court, campus libraries, Fairview House residence hall and at Butler Cultural Requirement events.
ClearScholar will continue to update the app in the future, adding new features including safety and emergency tools, within the next three to six months. The Butler App is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.