The Wharton School Partners with CampusGroups to Implement an Innovative Clubs Rating System

OVERVIEW

The Wharton School provides a campus experience that is rich with opportunities for student involvement and leadership, provided by a large infrastructure of over 100 clubs and organizations and about 25 conferences.  

With so many different options to get involved as a club leader or member, the majority of Wharton students join a lot of groups, on average about nine clubs. There’s a challenge in that each club costs varying amounts of money, and when students join many clubs, they need to make informed choices.  Otherwise an ineffective organization may leave students feeling that they didn’t get the value they expected, nor a fulfilling experience as a return on their investment.

The Clubs Rating feature fits pretty naturally within the structure that’s already there, a testament to the flexibility CampusGroups offers as a platform.

The Wharton School understood the need to provide their students with a channel to share their feedback and experiences. They thought of the idea to give students a better tool to determine which types of clubs might be best for them and to help club presidents and other officers plan for the next year.

The idea for a rating system was born from this need.

GOALS

  • Create a way to better inform students in their decision to join clubs.
  • Gather ratings and comments to inform incoming student club leaders.
  • Allow club members to rate clubs and provide comments (along the lines of a Yelp review) during a fixed period of time.
  • Allow club leaders to download a full report including ratings, comments and a breakdown by different demographics.

SOLUTION

Partnering with CampusGroups on this new initiative, Zinnia Horne (ED Club Operations) and Ted Sands (EVP Clubs & Conferences) set out to develop a custom Clubs Rating feature for all Wharton students. What began with a nugget of an idea from a Wharton team member, evolved and took shape with solicitation of input from Wharton club presidents and regular communication with the CampusGroups team regarding Horne’s and Sands’ team vision and thoughts on UI.

The partnership between Wharton and CampusGroups was “collaborative”, “innovative” and “promising”. According to Sands, the Clubs Rating feature “fits pretty naturally within the structure that’s already there, a testament to the flexibility CampusGroups offers as a platform”.  

Working with the CampusGroups team has been really great, Horne agrees. CampusGroups proved to be “great tech partners”, helping to drill down and get aligned on the same page to implement the feature and providing regular bi-weekly check-ins. Great progress was always made on the product. “On launch day and launch week, as things have arisen, the team has been really responsive and helping to trouble-shoot.”

CONCLUSION

The Rate Your Clubs week launch was well-received, confirms Horne, and the response rate was huge. With an overwhelming positive reaction to the platform, "students are really happy with what it will enable them to do for next year," namely helping them to navigate the huge world of 100+ clubs there are.

From the collected data, The Wharton School is able to work with key metrics and qualitative results to provide and share five different dimensions to individual club ratings. They are able to publish which clubs fared best overall and in each of the various categories and look at the breakdown of 1st and 2nd year students, useful to validate presumed behavioral trends.

Looking ahead, Horne and Sands are eager to see how clubs' behavior will change, as well: how the rating system will effect club operations next year, shape students' decisions and in turn impact future versions of an organization. As for the next cohort of students looking to join clubs in the future, the clubs ratings data will be able to help identify any correlation between low ratings and sign-up.

Ultimately, the Wharton student community and clubs are establishing and pioneering an innovative, helpful way to review their clubs. Students and group officers can "compare all the clubs in a certain category and display comparative results", Sands adds. Working with CampusGroups to develop the concept from idea to implementation, Sands is looking forward to using the new feature to do more analysis and gain valuable insights into what drives more of the ratings.  "Good things to know as presidents," he confirms.

Beyond the Wharton community, Horne and Sands are excited to consider how other schools partnering with CampusGroups can modify the Clubs Rating feature for their own use. Lots of promising possibilities for customization. It's pretty exciting to see how it will go.

6 Things to Know About Files Management in CampusGroups!

Easily & effectively collaborate

Keeping all your files in a centralized location improves collaboration and simplifies officer transitions. Files can be uploaded, edited, and shared in many locations in CampusGroups. You can share, access and manage your documents securely from any device.

Here are 6 quick things to know about managing your files in CampusGroups:

1.  Upload

Upload documents and photos and put them into directories or subdirectories. You can create a hierarchy of folders, just like on your computer. Easily upload up to 50 documents at once.

2.  Access

Centralized storage within CampusGroups yields a great advantage in that future generations of officers will have quick access to helpful documents from past officers. 

3.  Edit

Once uploaded, Excel, PPT and Word files can also be downloaded and/or edited online. Just click the Edit button to open up an online editor (similar to Google docs). Once you save the file online, the updates are immediately saved in CampusGroups. This makes collaboration among officers a breeze!

4.  Share

You can share these documents on your website and group page: one document at a time or the entire folder. Choose to share with all of your members or just a subsection of your group. Finally, just like on Dropbox, you can generate a link that will share an entire folder. (You can send the link by email; anyone with the link will be able to access the contents of the folder.)

5.  Widget

Add a dedicated widget to your website to display all or some of your documents. This is an easy way for your members to view and download files.

6.  Store

Files are automatically collected and stored when you attach a file to an email you send out or to an event. Current and future officers can access anytime they need.

Meet Our Two New Web Developers, Adrien and Albert!

Welcome to the CG team!

The CampusGroups team is happy to introduce our talented new web developers.  Adrien is working in our San Francisco office, and Albert is at our NYC office.

Adrien

Adrien has a Software Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris (France) and is completing his Master's Degree in Computer Science. He joined the team in order to develop and maintain the CampusGroups platform. He has previous experience as a full stack developer in both startup and large company environments.

  • Hometown:  Poitiers, a medium-sized town in the midwest of France
  • Random fact:  I am really curious and love to start new things, from any field you can imagine (philosophy, cooking, new sports...).
  • Adrien's groups on campus:  I was part of the basketball team.
I learned programming skills during my previous internships, and I aim to keep learning technical skills in order to master the solution stack.
— Adrien

Albert

Albert just completed an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from École Centrale Marseille in France. With 3 years' experience leading his school's IT association, he is now proficient in a large panel of skills: from web development to server and network administration to server-side programming. Albert joined the team in May 2015 and is now working on improving the CampusGroups platform in terms of features, performance and security.

Albert is also particularly interested in new technologies and entrepreneurship and makes sure to stay informed on those topics while honing his programming skills.

  • Hometown:  Pau, a small town in the southwest of France
  • Random fact:  I used to play the guitar but had to stop during my studies.
  • Albert's groups on campus:  President of IT group for a year

Helpful Tools to Maximize Your School's Orientation Week

Orientation is always a very exciting moment for students who arrive on campus and want to know everything about their upcoming experience as a student. They're eager to network and get to know other students and potential connections arriving at school at the same time.

CampusGroups can design a unique online and mobile experience for your incoming students.

An orientation website tailored for your school

  • Create a dedicated website providing all information students and families need for your school's orientation. (Your responsive orientation website can be harmoniously browsed, read and navigated from any mobile device.)
  • Facilitate easy, accessible communication and coordination among students, families and staff.
  • Provide a day-by-day agenda with all different events and sessions.
  • Highlight a list of speakers and panels.
  • Display a map of the campus.
  • List cohorts and students in each cohort.
  • Allow your new students to log in, register to events, and message other students in their cohort or another cohort.
  • View profiles of other students.

Dedicated mobile apps

In addition to a responsive website, we design dedicated iPhone and Android apps for your school orientation.

  • Allow students to post on a feed during the orientation.
  • Post photos and comments during events, maximizing engagement during the entire orientation period.
  • School administrators in charge of orientation can post announcements and last-minute changes on the feed. Through the app, send push notifications to all students in the orientation.

Tracking attendance

2nd year students and administrators who are in charge of organizing orientation can use the CampusGroups mobile apps to track attendance at events. If students have a student ID, they can swipe their card in an iPhone, iPad or Android device at the door of the event. This integrated system will allow you to collect data about event attendance throughout the orientation period.

Wallet

On top of your orientation website and app, you can activate a wallet and order QR code bracelets which allow students to buy drinks and food during the entire event and also to check in when entering an event.

This is a great way to track attendance at all your events.

Video

We also offer the option to create custom videos to introduce the school to your students. These videos consist of interviews with students and administrators and a quick tour of your campus. The CampusGroups team advises scripts, shoots and edits your video for you.

Planning for the summer and fall?  Please contact us for more information on how we can help enhance your upcoming orientation week!