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Across the country, campus card programs continue the migration off campus. The goals … increased student service and new revenue streams. In this issue, we examine two off campus developments as well a banking partnership under protest from students, and more.
Two of the major players helping campuses take their card programs off campus have merged. Student Advantage’s SA Cash unit has merged Quentrix into the family.
The University of Minnesota has taken a very basic, yet highly successful approach to off campus card acceptance. They have selected a single ‘delivery’ vendor that they have enabled to accept points from the dining plan and worked hard to ensure the highest level of service for both the merchant and the student customers.
Sometimes the best lessons come from the bad situations. A vocal group of students at Portland State have protested the campus contract for banking services with Higher One. Though the student’s real beef is that they weren’t included in the decision process, there are a number of valuable lessons to be learned.
The lack of affordable, off-the-shelf logical security solutions has left all but the largest corporate players and a very few campuses underserved and at risk. But Datakey is making strong moves to change this situation with its Axis™ product. It could be the answer for ‘the rest of us’ to benefit from password management, single sign-on, and a migration path to full PKI. Campuses take note.
The fact is that even campuses using top of the line ID cards and processes for students and staff often use lax procedures for visitors. A non-personalized “Guest” badge and a paper sign-in sheet are weak indicators of a person’s right to access secure locations. Avery’s paper-based ID system produces badges with the visitor’s color photo, barcode, plus a digital log.