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Unicon to Develop Integration for Sinclair Community College (SCC) between Apereo Notification Portlet and Student Success Plan (SSP)

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SCC Will Contribute Code Back to Apereo Foundation Open Source Community

Gilbert, AZ – January 27, 2015— Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it will develop an integration between the Apereo Notification Portlet and Student Success Plan (SSP) for Sinclair Community College’s (SCC) uPortal environment. This integration, or data source, will make it possible for advisors, faculty, and students to view action items from within uPortal in regards to their activity in SSP. The integration will be contributed back to the open source community so that any institution running uPortal and SSP may use it for a variety of scenarios. For example, a student could be reminded of an upcoming appointment with an advisor, or an advisor could be alerted of a new at-risk student they need to connect with. These reminders and alerts appear to users through the Notification Portlet, as items marked as completed or incomplete.

“Improving student success is a critical initiative for Sinclair and the main focus for our advising staff.  Having a tool that allow us to effectively communicate with our students, providing reminders and action plans from their assigned advisor is one way we are working to be proactive in supporting that success,” said Andy Runyan, Chief Academic Advising Officer, SCC. “Sinclair would encourage any of the institutions in the open source community to consider using this new functionality, or to develop their own to share in support of all our students.”

An upgrade to the latest version of uPortal is required to make this integration possible. SCC will migrate their existing uPortal deployment to version 4.1 with Unicon’s assistance. uPortal 4.1 is a significant upgrade and boasts many attractive features. It is in use at several higher education institutions. Major new features include responsive design, customizable skins, performance and scalability improvements, along with a marketplace for adding portlets with an “app store” experience.

Unicon provides services and support for uPortal. Learn more at www.unicon.net/opensource/uportal

About Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College is a publicly funded Ohio institution. Recognized as a League for Innovation community college and a recipient of the Completion by Design grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sinclair is strategically addressing the issues of enrollment and completion. With an enrollment of approximately 22,000 students, Sinclair is among the largest community colleges in America. With five convenient locations across Southwestern Ohio, the college’s current physical campuses include the 20-building campus in downtown Dayton, the Courseview Campus Center located in Mason (Warren County), three “Learning Centers” co-located with YMCAs in Eaton, Huber Heights and Englewood, and a Workforce Development Learning Center located at the Miami Valley Research Park in Dayton. All Sinclair campuses are “commuter” campuses with no provisions for dormitory or other student housing. As a comprehensive community college, Sinclair offers a variety of important services to students, local businesses, regional agencies, and numerous associated stakeholders throughout Montgomery and Warren Counties, as well as other counties in the surrounding area. Learn more at www.sinclair.edu.

About Apereo
The Apereo Foundation was formed by the merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation in late December 2012. Sakai and Jasig had pioneered the production and adoption of open source software for higher education for over ten years. Apereo will take that work further, providing a more rational and improved organizational umbrella for a range of projects and software communities serving higher education. The core mission of the Foundation is to "assist and facilitate educational organizations which collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research.” Learn more at www.apereo.org.

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