CampusGroups Platform Broadens Communications Among Organizations
By Mark Kramer
Information on campus events, becoming involved in clubs and groups, along with staying connected to organizations are now available to students, faculty and staff through the CampusGroups program.
“We were in need of a program that had the ability for groups to more effectively market their events and other information,” said Tremaine Kwasikpui, Director of Student Activities. “We were also looking for reporting that allowed for unique, updated student records and a platform that was user friendly with a single-sign on and campus calendar. CampusGroups was a perfect fit for the needs of our UHD community.”
Through the new system, campus organizations can manage their pages and make updates. In addition, it offers tools for virtual events, as well as creating forms and polls. More features of the program are detailed on UHD’s CampusGroups website.
Accelerated Transfer Academy (ATA) Program Director Krysti Turnquest said she likes the ability for students and others the opportunity to access items of interest and communicate with classmates all in one space.
“Our ATA group has used it to help us stay in touch with our students and keep them engaged while we’re away from campus physically,” she said. “We were able to create meaningful opportunities for students to connect, to share information quickly with them and to gather critical assessment data about student engagement through the platform.”
One organization that also uses CampusGroups exclusively is the UHD Bike Club.
“We are able to manage all our followers and members from one place and create our own website and provide relevant news and resources to students,” said Sheila Ortega, Student Government Association Secretary and member of the UHD Bike Club.”
The platform also allows UHD's faculty and staff to track students’ service learning and community engagement participation that can be shared with prospective employers and graduate schools.
“UHD is continuing to evolve with the times,” Kwasikpui said. “We look forward to the campus community downloading the app and getting involved on campus.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.