App designed to foster student engagement, provide vital campus info
Butler University has partnered with Indianapolis-based High Alpha to launch ClearScholar, a mobile app aimed at improving student engagement and bridge gaps between campus systems.
ClearScholar will first appear on Butler’s Indianapolis campus in Fall 2016, with the initial implementation expected to provide students with personalized news and information feeds, unified calendaring with tailored events, instructor- and university-driven polling, geolocation for emergency notifications and secure mobile student identification.
Depending on the university’s demands, ClearScholar will act as either a self-branded app that the campus can direct students to download, or as a white-label offering that displays the name of the institution. The platform could also enable schools to glean data from students regarding interests or to connect with prospective students and alumni.
“Innovation has become an important differentiator among universities, as we work to create learning experiences that enhance student engagement and success,” says James M. Danko, Butler University president. “Our active role in the development of ClearScholar is another example of Butler’s commitment to leadership in innovation and the student experience.”
ClearScholar is headed by CEO, Jason Konesco, who carries over experience in higher education from his role as the former president of the privately held, for-profit Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana. The startup currently has two dedicated employees, and will look to add others as over time, but also taps into the marketing, accounting and subject-matter experts at parent company High Alpha.
The app’s first beta user will be Butler University starting this fall, and the company intends to add other partner institutions by 2017. The ClearScholar app is expected to be generally available in late 2016 following the on-campus beta test at Butler.