Empowering Higher Education
Acquia is helping colleges and universities deliver rich engaging experiences with Drupal.
"About 30 percent of colleges and universities in the US use Drupal to power their main .edu site."
Currently, about 30% of all colleges and universities in the United States use Drupal to power their main .edu site or what they might call their corporate site. Those numbers are also increasing around the world as well. So schools really depend on websites more than ever to deliver rich, engaging experiences, and they need the websites to tell the story of the institution. It really has the flexibility to be used for recruiting, for admissions, for general outreach. It has the ability to be used as a development platform for applications to serve current students and also has the engaging outreach capabilities to work with alumni as well. So it can really handle all the digital needs that a college has. Colleges and universities are realizing that they’re not in business to manage servers and to deal with technology infrastructure. They’re in business to deliver learning to students and that’s their core business. So they’re looking for opportunities to get out of those ancillary services whenever they can and redeploy that capital towards more effective and more appropriate uses. So the Cloud, in higher education, is absolutely taking off. We’re seeing it in digital platforms as one of the areas where schools introduce themselves to the Cloud and get into the Cloud services. So one of the conversations that we’re having with a lot of our customers right now in higher education is the deployment of applications on Drupal open source applications built on Drupal that can replace proprietary software technologies on areas like learning management systems; certainly, in areas like portal and internet functionality. Schools absolutely rely on collaborative social platforms to keep their students engaged and keep their students in a position where they can transact with the institution; whether be it register for classes or just pay for bills, engage in student activities. Schools are moving away from proprietary solutions in those areas because they don’t offer the flexibility and the engagement that Drupal platforms can and they’re starting to build out portals and internets using open source Drupal to do that. We’re also seeing a lot of interest in building out learning management capabilities as well, either to supplement or augment the system that currently exists or to replace it entirely. So initially, Drupal was used by colleges and universities to convey information sources through the website content. Now more and more we’re seeing Drupal being used to engage, to collaborate through the use of applications as well. So it’s a pretty exciting trend that we’re seeing right now.