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Converging Content, Community and Commerce in Higher Education

Higher Education institutions rely on their websites to tell their story through rich and engaging digital experiences.

In this rapid age of innovation, it is imperative that educational establishments are able to attract and enroll the best prospective students and once those students have matriculated, institutions need to develop applications to support students and help them to collaborate, pay bills, take part in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn.

5 Reasons Why Your School Should Use Drupal Commerce

While colleges and universities are not ecommerce businesses they still do a great deal of ecommerce. From online bill payments for class registration, to payments for fines, infractions and permits, to dining plans and other related student services, to tickets for events and seminars, to online bookstores for merchandize and materials, and of course to online giving for fundraising and advancement activities, colleges and universities are using ecommerce every day to support the multi-faceted business of higher education.

Higher Education’s Equation: Simplify Digital Complexity

Colleges and universities were some of the first organizations to create websites. They are natural content generators with access to great thinkers, cutting edge research and engaged students, not to mention they embody the word community. The web, as a result, was the perfect vehicle for them to communicate all they had to share and connect what they knew with those who were seeking the content that mattered to them.

When do we Reach the Tipping Point?

Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 best seller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference describes how certain “ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses” throughout our society and how they take hold and transform the world around us. These phenomena happen without much forewarning and can be difficult to see as they’re taking place and even difficult to comprehend when trying to understand them in retrospect.

Drupal's on Steroids and It's Disrupting the Enterprise [Oct. 17, 2013]

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DENVER, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine one of the largest school districts in the country reducing their software costs from $90 a student to $1 per student. By creating a complete set of applications built on Drupal, and replacing or repurposing licensed tools, the district would be able to reduce 50+ different applications down by over half, while simultaneously adding substantial new features and functionality, all with a single, main interface for 800,000 students and 84 schools. With one Drupal platform there is less maintenance, less training needed, and fewer updates… plus, an ongoing savings of millions of dollars a year.

Web development companies like NewMedia in Denver are putting Open Source tools like Drupal on steroids to create transformative enterprise solutions for school districts, state governments, and large companies. They are pushing the boundaries of where Drupal can go in the enterprise and changing how business looks at open source software.

Steve Morris, Director of Business Development at NewMedia says, "Drupal itself cannot run a billion dollar enterprise, but it can link together and control the things that do and interface many of those things along the way. It can be a stand-alone entity that does things all by itself or a connector for five other entities, so they can all work together. It can be a controller of five other entities and run them all at once, by modifying it in new and previously unintended ways. That's the flexibility of Drupal."

NewMedia has been pumping up recent projects with Drupal both as a framework and/or a component for complex enterprise needs:
- The University of Colorado was introduced to Drupal when NewMedia redeveloped their 7000 page static website with it, and the experience has dramatically changed how CU operates its websites ever since. What used to take 5 full-time people to maintain, now takes one person 20 hours per week, and CU has gone on to become a recognized leader in Drupal among educational groups.

DrupalCamp Michigan

We're proud to be a gold sponsor of DrupalCamp Michigan!

We'll be presenting the keynote as well as demoing Acquia Cloud Free at our table. Make sure you stop by to say hello!

Keynote: The Power of Drupal in Higher Education
Presenter: Chris Hartigan, General Manager of Higher Education, Acquia
Time: 9:00am - 9:45am

Drupal in Higher Ed Meetup - DC

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the adoption of Drupal at colleges and universities around the world. The benefits of using Drupal have been substantial and include increased site security and uptime, better reliability and scalability, and lower total cost of ownership - all while delivering engaging web experiences that attract students and supporters.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 7th for a series of group discussions on Drupal in higher education followed by a networking reception with your peers.

Drupal in Higher Ed Meetup - Atlanta

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the adoption of Drupal at colleges and universities around the world. The benefits of using Drupal have been substantial and include increased site security and uptime, better reliability and scalability, and lower total cost of ownership - all while delivering engaging web experiences that attract students and supporters.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 27th for a series of group discussions on Drupal in higher education followed by a networking reception with your peers.

EduWeb Conference 2013

Acquia, the leading provider of Drupal support and services in higher education, is pleased to be be a major sponsor of this year's EduWeb Conference (July 29-31) here in our hometown of Boston! Here is what we're up to:

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