Technology-Centered Growth for Higher Education

Today’s technological advances provide unparalleled opportunities for higher education institutions in search of growth possibilities. Online courses, student recruitment, academic research, talent management, administration and marketing, are only a few business functions that can benefit from a sound institutional strategy that takes advantage of what technology has to offer.

What Does Staying Relevant Means for 21st Century Education?

Schools and colleges with the right technology and education solutions have better chances of staying relevant for students, academics, researchers, and the community in general. At the same time, they are more successful at meeting their goals for business development, while addressing the need for new learning environments.

By strategically integrating IT, Cloud and telecommunications technology, higher education leaders are able to handle mission critical processes and still create a competitive advantage in their field. From protecting and leveraging proprietary data, to redefining the classroom with current technology, there is so much IT can do for higher education. Here you will find details on our five areas of expertise regarding the education sector:

Security as a Service: Trustworthy, Flexible Solution to Protect your Network 

Protecting information assets and sensitive research data is as important to educational organizations as the safety of your staff and students. You need a wireless network that protects your data –including proprietary research and students’ Social Security numbers, for example– from threats yet at the same time provides for fast and reliable communication connections.

A cyber attack could potentially become your operation’s worst nightmare and result in financial losses, lack of confidence from your stakeholders, possible legal issues and non-compliance penalties. Run-of-the-mill boxed firewall/anti-virus software is not powerful enough and might leave important data at the mercy of cyber threats. With our Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) you can focus on your core business –education- without the added worry of network menaces or breaches.

Our SaaS solution is active 24/7, 365 and fully protects your network while allowing the flexibility you need for your staff and students to navigate the web and comply with security, confidentiality and risk management standards, with tools like:

  • Data encryption protocols
  • Login and password protocols
  • Record protection systems
  • Secured physical access to our network and command center, and  business continuity plans, to reduce risks related to disasters and emergencies.

Gaining an Edge through Telecommunications and Cloud Services

Effective call routing, improved call handling, audio and text notifications, and software for making calls through computers with the Internet (softphone) are just a few of the tools that can help schools and colleges become more competitive in their markets. By enhancing customer service, reducing waiting times and easing staff’s tasks, the return on technology investments increases, thus boosting institutions in their growth paths.

Institutions must look beyond current trends and needs, into long-term projections. They should never implement technology for its own sake, but should thoroughly consider current and future projects like, for example, online courses and other initiatives that might impact Internet usage, IT costs and technology-related revenue sources.

Maximize your campus bandwidth investment with WorldNet, and achieve excellent telecommunication support. A robust network with scalable bandwidth not only supports your connectivity but also gives an edge to your reputation as a leading institution that understands the needs of its audiences and is capable to grow with them – which will positively impact your student enrollment and retention rates.

By making a savvy investment in scalable technology, you are better prepared today for your growth demands in the future. For example: when you make a sound investment in bandwidth and technology that allows for upgrades, your future investments will be better planned – and less significant than if you have to invest in infrastructure every time you need to grow your network.

A continuously upgradeable network enables you to support students and faculty with fast, dedicated and reliable Internet, for a better learning experience. Make your applications and digital learning tools run faster, with high-speed and worry-free service. Remember, these solutions are key for the return of investment in online courses.

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Telephony is still a very valuable tool for the education sector. With the right telephone system, the operational efficiency of your organization increases, particularly if your institution has several locations whose productivity depends on connectivity and communication.

Our solutions provides for top quality interconnectivity regardless of locations. WorldNet’s 100% digital Voice over IP (VoIP) network is designed to provide multiple and simultaneous services through one single platform.

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Improving the students’ learning experience to successfully compete with other institutions in attracting and retaining students requires for institutions to be able to leverage on the powerful information that data provides. From the moment you send that first promotional letter to a high school student, up to the time he/she graduates, you will need to have data readily available and analyzable, and we can help you manage that.

WorldNet offers a wide array of data solutions, enabling your institution to build efficient networks that quickly transport large amounts of data.

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Explore the complete spectrum of Cloud services that can help you store data and information, achieve higher efficiency when conducting business processes (like online registration), and improve productivity. Our solutions include storage options for your content and tools for online courses — a source of revenue more colleges are exploring nowadays.

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Cloud Solutions In the same way that students no longer need to be physically present at a classroom to learn and earn their degrees, an educational institution can rely upon Cloud-based storage technology that doesn’t require for the traditional physical server that takes up space at your campus.

There are plenty of benefits with cloud-based technology, starting with the accessibility of it provides, which could also translate into students enrolled from almost anywhere in the world –an international source of income. It also allows for faster data recovery in the event of interruptions and disasters, and for centralized applications for ease of use. On the other hand, it requires significantly less investment in physical equipment and in dedicated personnel to manage it.

Peace of Mind Through Expert Advice and Robust Infrastructure

Effective call routing, improved call handling, audio and text notifications, and software for making calls through computers with the Internet (softphone) are just a few of the tools that can help schools and colleges become more competitive in their markets. By enhancing customer service, reducing waiting times and easing staff’s tasks, the return on technology investments increases, thus boosting institutions in their growth paths.

Institutions must look beyond current trends and needs, into long-term projections. They should never implement technology for its own sake, but should thoroughly consider current and future projects like, for example, online courses and other initiatives that might impact Internet usage, IT costs and technology-related revenue sources.

Schools and colleges face the challenge of leveraging technology to deliver a flexible, modern learning environment and better course content despite the need to be more cost efficient. Most administrators do not have the time or resources to ponder all the technological options available. They risk making decisions that might reduce the return on investment. Comparing features versus added value, contrasting options available with specific institutional needs, and identifying unseen costs are tasks that a consultant might help with.

To assist institutions with these processes, we provide IT consulting services to K-12 schools, colleges, universities and other higher education facilities, so they make sound investments that help them grow a solid business.

As technology experts, WorldNet combines longstanding technology and telecommunication industry expertise with deep knowledge of the local market and its needs, allowing us to assist our clients with practical support and actionable strategy. WorldNet IT consulting services are available to schools and educational institutes of all sizes, and consider the strategic, financial, operational, technology, and regulatory aspects of higher education.

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The real value isn’t in storing the data; it is about interpreting the data so that it can be put to work. The need for actionable data in education is growing exponentially. But it is nearly impossible to analyze high-value information housed at different places and in various formats. Between requests from administrators for enrollment trends, and requests from other stakeholders for admissions demographics, graduation rates and the like, an IT department can quickly become overwhelmed. WorldNet helps with these tasks so you can make informed decisions.

By using data integration and predictive analytics, you can incorporate data from other systems, schools or agencies and analyze and report on important indicators such as enrollment, attendance, dropout rates, assessments and graduation. With a holistic, data-driven view of your students, you can more easily meet reporting requirements, and better understand individual instructional needs to ensure each student’s success.

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WorldNet Advanced Education Program

Experts in different industries agree on the need for the education system to be more aligned to practical and job-centered skills. This is particularly true in the telecommunications industry. That’s why WorldNet has launched its Advanced Education Program. The program retrofits existing telecomm labs at different schools, so students get hands-on time with last-generation equipment, thus fostering experiential learning for high-level skills.

Through experiential learning, students have first-hand access to telecommunications solutions, network management and security, and other topics for which employees are usually trained once they are part of a company’s IT staff. They participate in real-life simulations, and make decisions based on detailed analysis, just the way they should do once they become professionals. Thus, students hone the skills they will be using in the real world. Besides, the institution benefits from this program through:

  • Enhanced teaching, research, and outreach activities
  • Faculty and student engagement in local and state issues

  • Opportunities to extend campus resources

  • Positive community relationships

  • Increased retention rates
  • Increased preparation of graduates

Participating students have the chance to develop products and test them against industry needs and demands. Engineering experts become mentors and help students with their projects. WorldNet employees and clients might help students with processes for producing, testing, marketing, financing and distributing products or solutions with market viability. Technology in education is no longer about a device, but rather about accessibility and collaboration.

WorldNet can be part of your institution’s technological evolution, by providing the right infrastructure and solutions and the advice of our experts for you to be ready and successful – today and tomorrow.

To learn more about Education Solutions, contact us at 787-705-9000, o send an email to executivesupport@worldnetpr.com.