You’d be hard pressed to find a college or university today that doesn’t have some form of campus card system in place. The evolution of the industry and the nature of the modern campus makes it so that the student ID is paramount to a student’s life.
But what if you had to start from scratch and build a campus card ecosystem from the ground up? Where would you begin? What applications would you include?
Point-of-sale systems in dining halls and book stores, print and copy services, student information systems, personnel systems and physical access control are just a few of systems that could be impacted by the campus card. But even knowing that, a campus still needs to make key decisions on staffing, card technology and deployment strategies.
For Throwback Thursday this week, we’re looking back to 2011 and our “Building a campus card” piece that asked — and answered — these very questions.
In interviewing for the story we asked key questions regarding how much an existing IT infrastructure impacts system selection, what needs to be budgeted beyond the vendor contract amount to upgrade existing networks, and how a campus card office should be staffed.
Hear from industry vendors about what factors need to be taken into consideration when building a campus card ecosystem, including staffing models, deployment options and crucially, ways to determine what your campus needs the ID card to do in the first place. From our 2011 coverage, “Building a campus card” lays out the necessary measures that universities need to take to forge an effective, full-fledged campus card system.