How to Ease the Organization of a Campus Election

A new school year means new officers are being elected for campus organizations, clubs and student government. Before that can happen, though, elections need to be organized. Daunting task, right?

Not anymore. Administrators and Officers are saving time and dramatically increasing voter turnouts by setting up elections through CampusGroups. The Survey module offers a secure way to facilitate the election process. Everything’s already in your toolkit to maximize student awareness and involvement.

Create a Ballot

The Survey module allows groups to list leadership positions along with a list of candidates for each position, each with an accompanying description and video link. All candidate information is in one accessible location. You set the rules: require login, ensure each student only votes once, make answers mandatory, disable editing of submitted answers and more.

Announce & Promote

Share your election and instructions with CampusGroups’ built-in communication tools such as your school homepage, top-of-the-page announcement, group news feed, newsletters and blog. Ask your candidates to post photos and videos on the group feed. Set up the election as an event, and it will be visible in everyone’s calendar. Remind your members to vote on election day with a campus-wide alert notification.

Click & Vote

Students vote from anywhere, even on the go with the iPhone or Android app. Check submissions in real-time, view detailed results and download into Excel. Send a friendly email reminder that targets just the students who have not yet voted.

Notify

Be sure to congratulate your new campus leaders! You may want to let them know about these features available to them as officers.

Have you organized an election through CampusGroups?  We hope you’ll share your experience with us.  We love to hear from you!

Want to learn more? Check out this quick tutorial on using CampusGroups for your election.

 

Manage Your Team of Officers: Set-up Permissions + Access Rights

Privacy and access rights in CampusGroups are one of the key capabilities which we developed from the ground up. Given the sometimes complex structure of groups’ leadership, we have allowed for very precise roles and permissions.

Your Staff

At the school administration level, each administrator can be assigned certain permissions on the platform. For example, the administrators of one college can be restricted to managing just the groups of their college. Further, an administrator of this college can be restricted to only manage Events within the college.

Your Students

Within the group, each officer of a group can manage certain areas of the group. For example, an officer could be in charge of just managing members but not allowed to send emails or to organize events. Another aspect we developed is student helpers; a student who works part-time at the Office of Student Life could have access to the Super Admin section with a reduced amount of permissions.

Allocate administrative permissions by clicking the Permissions button under Officers.

Meet the New CONNECT Button

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Build your network + score your dream job

Have you noticed the new “Connect” button on the redesigned profile page? CampusGroups is making it easier for you to build your network and stay connected with your classmates, colleagues and alumni. Actively networking and maintaining memorable relationships with the people you meet at school is one of the keys to finding a job after graduation and taking charge of your career trajectory.

From “contact” to Connection!

Connections will allow users to be aware of their peers’ involvements and activities. See what badges they have just earned; keep up-to-date on new leadership roles; view peers’ RSVPs to events and new group memberships. Met someone interesting at a networking event?  Connect.

Consider the possibilities. Every one of your classmates is on CampusGroups; you might be one button click away from great opportunities.

Behind the Scenes: My First Week at CampusGroups

My arrival

Greetings! I just arrived to CampusGroups last week and am thrilled to be working with such a welcoming group of people. I have spent the last week exploring the sophisticated system and the extensive tools and functionality that CampusGroups has to offer. Everyone on the team has been more than happy to answer questions, demonstrate a feature or share fresh, warm croissants from the nearby farmers’ market in Union Square. I’ll be posting regularly on the CG blog to provide news on features and share stories and pictures from behind the scenes. It’s my goal to help you discover what we do, and all that you can do with the CampusGroups platform.

What I will be doing

Firsthand, I’m learning how great it is to be a part of an international team. We have one office in New York, one in Paris, a new San Francisco location and a team in India as well. We work closely alongside each other with our developers, designers, campus relations and support teams communicating constantly with numerous Skype meetings across continents throughout the day. It’s a good thing, too, to already know everyone in the other locations:  I’m only in NY for a few more weeks. I’ll be moving to the Paris office soon for four months. I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!