Thinking Smarter – March



Happy 10th Birthday SmarterServices!
Where did the past 10 years go?  It is hard to believe that we have been in business for a decade.  It has been an honor to work with so many educators and students.  As a company, we believe strongly in the concept of being a lifelong learner.  Our employees are challenged weeklyto learn something new.  With a passion for education, each member of our team genuinely cares about our partners, clients, and the students across the country that we have helped.  The past decade has been filled with change, exciting growth, challenges and success!  This month marks the 10th anniversary of the birth of our first product – READI – Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator!  Now known as SmarterMeasure, it is a tool that has grown leaps and bounds since its conception.  Beginning with a passion for distance learning, conviction, and a dream, Dr. Mac Adkins set out to make a difference in the lives of students.  Armed with an ideaand challenged to make a difference, Dr. Adkins charged himself with organizing a team of educators and making his dream a reality.  The rest, as they say, is history!  Ten years and over 1,250,000 students later, we are making a difference in the world of online learners!   To hear what Dr. Adkins has to say about the secret to our business success, read a recent blog post.  As part of the festivities, we’d love to hear from you in regards to our milestone.  Share your thoughts on our birthday wallwisher.  Just click and add your own virtual sticky note!  Thank you for being a huge part of our success!

Valued Client and The Wall Street Journal
What do SmarterServices and OC Global have to do with The Wall Street Journal?  One of our valued clients, Corey Davis from Odessa College (OC Global), recently had a story about his online program picked up from the Market Watch section of The Wall Street Journal.  I encourage all of our clients to read it. Their story proves that hard work, dedication, research, and some strong products can create a strong online program that makes education available no matter what the demographic or challenge. Congratulations to Corey and his team at OC Global for being leaders in the industry!  In addition, we would like to wish OC Global good luck in their quest for the Campus Technology Innovators 2012 Award.  We wish you nothing but the best!

Student Support Services Webinar in Partnership with Innovative Educators
Course delivery is not what it used to be. Increasingly, institutions of higher education are moving to online and hybrid class offerings. Critical to answer as this shift occurs is, are these programs providing the necessary support services to help students succeed in the online environment? Further, how do institutions implement support programs that are turnkey and budget-friendly?

This session will explore a series of online tools, services and strategies that faculty and staff can use immediately to provide necessary aid to online students. Participants will learn how to integrate products in creative ways and design a very comprehensive, affordable enterprise solution for online course delivery and student support services. Join Corey Davis from Odessa College (OC Global) on Thursday, April 12th from 3:00-4:00 EST.  In participation with SmarterServices, this webinar is FREE, so register today

Change is Coming
Psst!  Psst! You!  Yes YOU…can you keep a secret?  We have some really exciting news about SmarterMeasure…I wish I could spill the beans, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.  So…all I can say is there are some exciting changes coming!  If you haven’t joined our Google groups, please do so by clicking here.   Also be sure to watch for email updates and a special mail out that will be coming in April.

Friday Fun Blog Series
Are your Fridays dull, boring, or just plain void of fun?  Join us for our newest blog post series “Friday Fun”. Wanna get some dirt on the SmarterServices team?  Check out our upcoming staff interviews.  What would make your Friday fun?  Check out our wallwisherand add your virtual sticky note to it!

Congratulations to LeeAnn McKay from Texas Christian University for being a recent winner of our drawing for a donation to a charity.  Riley Hospital for Children was the lucky recipient!