With innovation in education a stated goal for Higher Education institutions, we take a closer look at how technology removes friction around administrative tasks. By automating key tasks, educators can have a direct impact on academic institution performance. LISNR is partnering with companies at the forefront of innovation in the education administration space, helping to streamline student attendance tracking, a key indicator that supports student retention & engagement.

As reported in Campus Technology, more and more aspects of higher education and student learning are becoming measurable and data-centric. In some universities, technology is helping students select a major by introducing adaptive learning techniques tailored to individual learners. Now, many aspects of the learning process are trackable, giving administrators reams of data to evaluate learning patterns and progress. It’s clear, innovation is important, with 91% of the administrators surveyed noting that innovation is a priority in either their strategic or academic plans, or both.

One area that stands to benefit from technological innovation is in-classroom administration, including tasks such as taking attendance. Taking roll-call the old fashioned way is time consuming, error prone and unrealistic for larger classroom settings or lecture halls. Taking attendance utilizing old tools is also prone to fraud, where students “sit in” for other students for exams and other noteworthy events. Newer technology solutions, such as authentication of a student ID via unique LISNR inaudible audio tones can dramatically improve accuracy in identifying the ‘right’ student.

While seemingly inconsequential, tracking attendance yields important precursors to student & academic institution health. This has been underscored in several studies, linking classroom attendance to higher academic performance, higher academic retention/graduation rates, and facilitating compliance tracking to federal financial aid rules & eligibility.

It’s well-known that consistent classroom attendance is a precursor to strong academic performance. A study by the organization Colby defined the “70% Rule,” which states that a student that attends less than 70% of the time has a two in three chance of failing the course. With a simple and seamless way to track attendance, it becomes easy to identify those who are falling behind so they can get the attention they need.

Students with higher attendance records are also more engaged in their education, and more likely to stick with it to graduation. In fact, attendance monitoring has been recognized as a best practice for monitoring student retention.  Schools are increasingly monitoring attendance and other indicators of student engagement, so they can intervene with at risk students increasing their odds of success.

Easily trackable & accessible attendance data also helps colleges and universities demonstrate competence during relevant accreditation reviews & A-133 audits related to Title IV requirements for awarding & disbursing federal student financial aid. Title IV (financial aid) recipients must remain in school & enrolled to be eligible for funds, or the school will be deemed non-compliant. Tracking student attendance is an essential part of the verification process.

As more colleges and universities decide to implement campus-wide attendance tracking, it’s in the school’s best interest to leverage innovative technology that automates tedious administrative tasks and eliminates the burden on professors — thus increasing faculty adoption. LISNR technology can be decoded and encoded locally on the device, so that no other form of connectivity is needed. The result is an effortless device-to-device solution that tracks attendance easily, and reduces friction between students and their professors.

We’re excited to be a solution to the tiresome inefficiencies plaguing in-classroom attendance tracking. To learn more about how LISNR’s solutions can help your business, get in touch!

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