3 Ways to Improve Your Remote Student Experience

By Carol Thomas, Senior Vice President, Ferrilli

When colleges and universities went remote due to COVID-19, many were quick to temper expectations of a lasting shift toward distance learning. But while demand for the on-campus experience is expected to remain strong in the post-pandemic era, evidence suggests that remote learning and instruction will indeed play a larger role as well.

Back in the fall of 2018, data from IPEDS already showed that “more than 6.9 million students, or 35.3% of students in the nation, were enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.” Since the pandemic began, that momentum hasn’t slowed. A Digital Learning Pulse survey released in April 2021 shows that 73 percent of college students either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they will take online courses in the future.

As a result, institutions are now recognizing the need to upgrade remote student experiences that were — in large part — hastily designed as temporary solutions to a short-term problem. As they do, the institutions that performed well during the pandemic provide best practices by which to move forward. One such example is the Pratt Institute in New York City — one of the world’s leading colleges of art and design.

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Connect With Us at the Salesforce.org Education Summit 2021

We’re excited to be a Platinum sponsor at the Salesforce.org Education Summit 2021, this Wednesday, June 16th!

As certified Salesforce.org Consulting Partners, we are here to help your institution maximize its technology investment. Be sure to stop by our virtual booth to chat live with our knowledgeable consultants.

We are also thrilled to be co-hosting a Breakout Session at 3pm EDT on June 16th with Pratt Institute: How Pratt Evolved its Tradition of “Making” & Transformed the Student Experience

Our own Senior Vice President Carol Thomas will be joined by Pratt’s Vice President of Information Technology & CIO Joseph Hemway and Director of Enterprise Technology Diana Russo to discuss how COVID-19 provoked this storied Art and Design institution to accelerate its digital future.

Click here to access the conference and connect with us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ferrilli Featured in Toggle Magazine: Pratt University’s digital student experience made easy

We’re excited to appear in the spring 2021 edition of Toggle magazine alongside Pratt Institute VP of IT & CIO Joseph Hemway!

Toggle highlighted the impressive job Joe and his team did of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by migrating Pratt’s world-class campus experience into a student-centered digital experience that felt like being there in person.

Pratt, in partnership with Ferrilli, leveraged Salesforce Communities to achieve their vision of an all-encompassing student-centered online platform; one that will set the standard for such portals going forward.

We were truly honored to work on this project and we are happy that Joe and his team are getting the recognition they deserve for such an impactful result.

“It was probably one of the most challenging projects of my career but also one of the most rewarding,” says Ferrilli CEO Robert Ferrilli. “It’s the top design school in the country and we had to deliver the best digital experience. I’m very happy we chose the Salesforce platform because of its flexibility and rich ecosystem.”

Click here to read the full story.

Webinar Recording: Using Tableau CRM (formerly, Einstein Analytics) for Year over Year Admissions Analytics

Recorded DREAM BIG – YOUR GUIDE TO MAXIMIZING DREAMFORCE 2020 Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Dream Big – Your Guide to Maximizing Dreamforce 2020

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th at 2 pm EST as Ferrilli’s Senior Salesforce Consultant Claire Lewis and special guest Nell Paye, Business Architect at Salesforce, dive into all of the info and resources you need to get the absolute most out Dreamforce 2020!

Claire and Nell will lead an interactive discussion designed to help you: 

– Get the most out of Dreamforce 2020, so you can turn your learnings into realities

– Translate Salesforce terminology to education & nonprofit lingo

– Quickly identify Salesforce products and features designed for education users

– Keep in touch with the education community during the event

The impact of attending Dreamforce, virtual or not, is significant: Past Dreamforce attendees have seen significant increases of over 20% in ROI on marketing lead volume, retention, conversion rates, productivity. 

Often, education institutions and nonprofits can be priced out of attending Dreamforce, so this year’s virtual theme of “Dreamforce To You” is a great opportunity for audiences of all sizes to attend the event and realize its positive impact. 

Let us help you get ready to do just that! Please click here to sign up for our complimentary webinar.

EDUCAUSE 2020 Simulive Session Recording: How Pratt Transformed the Digital Student Experience Using Salesforce Communities