Streamlining AP Processes
U.S. Bank was the first bank-issuer of commercial card programs in 1989, and has continued to lead the way in developing commercial card best practices, serving over 1,000 entities in the education sector, including K-12, community colleges, research, public and private universities. Their Higher Education and Public Sector (HEPS) program is a competitively bid and awarded incentive program for commercial card services, sponsored by California State University (CSU) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) and is available to all higher education clients in the United States.
- Access to secure Purchasing Card, Corporate Travel Card, One Card, Virtual Card, and Fleet Card
- Ability to join through a Program Member Application with a 5-year contract term
- Generous revenue sharing opportunities, which provide rebates to qualifying participants on individual program performance
- No administrative fees
- No minimum requirements to earn rebate
In light of COVID-19, U.S. Bank has seen an extraordinary uptick in processing virtual card payments for clients due to its ability to streamline the Accounts Payable (AP) process by improving reconciliation and driving additional rebate dollars back to schools. Virtual card payments are made real-time and can be processed remotely. This has become a favorable solution to suppliers and clients, who have expressed health concerns and reported challenges with cutting and receiving paper checks while trying to comply with shelter-in-place orders. To review this payment method, please visit U.S. Bank Virtual Pay or contact Leslie Massey, U.S. Bank representative to the colleges, at 805-591-7255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faster Financial Aid Processes
Butte College in Oroville, CA, has implemented both CampusMetrics™ and StudentForms™, and Director of Financial Aid Tammera Shinar says students are now moving through the process of applying for aid and are receiving their much-needed financial aid faster than ever before. “Implementing CampusLogic was a game-changer for our students,” Shinar comments. “The feedback we hear from students is very positive. They really appreciate the online functionality that CampusLogic offers along with the great communication features that keep students informed about their financial aid.”
Elizabeth Hilton, Director of Student Financial Services at Riverside City College, summarized their experience by saying, “StudentForms from CampusLogic has changed the landscape of financial aid at our college.” She explained that moving from paper-driven processes to a virtual platform significantly decreased processing time while showing an increase of 16% in student files submitted. “We have been able to re-imagine our office from a process-centered philosophy to a student-centered and customer service driven mission.”
Keeping Your District Updated Throughout the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every higher education institution in the country, but it also presents unique opportunities to come out of the trial stronger, more connected, and better prepared than ever. Regroup Mass Notification has been a longstanding member of the CollegeBuys partnership with the Foundation, whose cloud-based platform can handle routine communication as well as emergency alerts, allowing administrators to reach thousands of faculty, staff, students and other groups within minutes. Working in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Regroup has released two new mapping layers that let administrators visualize the spread of COVID-19 at state and local levels. This new tool was developed in an effort to equip clients to respond to the current global pandemic, increase situational awareness, and inform their communities. Regroup offers a special 30% discount on its platform for all California Community Colleges and is offering expedited, efficient 48-hour onboarding during this fast-moving pandemic.
To take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive FEMA reimbursements for the purchase of Regroup, begin by scheduling a demo on the company’s website at regroup.com/demo.
Simulation Training for Nurses to Complete Their Course Requirements
In light of our community colleges transitioning to an online learning environment, Laerdal is providing their vSim product line, a web based learning platform designed to stimulate real nursing scenarios, allowing students to continue their nursing curriculum in a safe and realistic online environment. The platform provides adaptive, interactive virtual simulations integrated with curriculum resources and personalized feedback to allow students to feel confident and competent in patient-centered care. Professors are able to manage classes, monitor student results pre and post simulation, and view student feedback logs in the areas of pediatrics, surgical, pharmacology, mental health, maternity, and gerontology, amongst others.
To ensure proper implementation, Laerdal also offers their Managed Services Program, a turnkey training solution that provides end-to-end management of simulation resources for rapid deployment of simulation training initiatives. This program is entirely customizable and can deliver any combination of simulators, professional simulation operators, and quality scenarios.
Work Effectively from Home with the Right Furniture
As many people are working from home, they have been faced with the new challenge of creating a comfortable and productive workspace. For some, this may require purchasing a new desk, chair, computer monitor, as well as other ancillary items. Office Depot recently launched their Work From Anywhere program to assist employees in purchasing equipment and supplies for their home offices with the capability of shipping products directly free of charge (additional freight charges may apply to orders exceeding 70 lbs. in weight and/or 110” in length/width). The Haworth NOW program also provides ergonomic seating, desks, and tools for quickship to deliver in 3-6 days.
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