New guide to assist universities choose the best Attendance Management Processes

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BQuTMS publish new Impartial Guide to Attendance Data Devices and Processes

BQuTMS, the Student Attendance specialist have published a new guide to assist colleges and universities who are considering the best way to implement Attendance Management for their Students.

Cloud-based Student Attendance Management Systems use the latest technologies in clever ways to ensure minimal cost of installation and operation. Data can be gathered in many ways, from manual or electronic registers through to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Smart Card readers, Smartphones, tablets, QR and barcode readers and biometric scanners, meaning there is the right option for every organisation and budget.

The guide, titled “Impartial Analysis of Attendance Data Capture” gives clear information on the processes and devices that are available and how potential users should evaluate them to get the best system for their individual circumstances and requirements.

A recent report from BQuTMS identified the current best practices used by the UK HE sector for processing Student Attendance and Engagement data. The Impartial Analysis of Attendance Data Capture is a follow up to that survey and it reviews in detail the plethora of devices and processes available to users.

BQuTMS are able to provide a unique perspective as they provide all data capture devices to customers at the price it costs them. This means that they are able to provide best impartial advice, free from any commercial bias. The guide identifies:

  •     How to select devices and processes that add value
  •     Factors to consider when selecting devices and adopting a process
  •     A comparison and rating of options available

Good Student Attendance Management Systems (SAMS) deliver key benefits to their users including:

  •     Improved Student Attendance
  •     Improved Student Attainment
  •     Reduced Student Dropout rates
  •     Increased tuition fee revenues
  •     Tier 4 Compliance for overseas students

Staff can instantly communicate with a student through the system using SMS, email, telephone and or letter, retaining records of all communications. They can start a dialogue towards solving student difficulties by implementing appropriate strategies to provide whatever additional support and encouragement (or stick and carrot) are necessary.

A good SAMS will instantly provide all data in an easy to read form, with full history and context of any missed or late event, without the need for processing and collating lots of data or trawling through an inordinate number of spreadsheets and registers just to find out the situation. The time that is saved can be used by staff to intervene on a focused basis where their efforts will make the biggest impact towards improving a particular student experience, where they are displaying signs of difficulty.

Many institutions use a combination of manual and electronic systems which means the same process can takes several weeks, by which time the problem is likely to have become entrenched and therefore insoluble.

Successful institutions are taking a more proactive approach and using technology to flag up early warning signs of disengagement, so that staff can actively intervene early and make a big difference to reducing dropout rates.

Additionally, an effective Student Attendance Management System, which operates in real time, ensures that issues are identified proactively and quickly

BQuSAMS (Student Attendance Management System) is the leading cloud-based system available today. It is also the most cost effective, with systems starting from only £100 per month.

It ensures that users can easily implement their Student Attendance Policy, helping to improve attendance and engagement, improving the student experience and compliance with Tier 4 licence obligations in an efficient and cost effective manner.

BQuSAMS has the biggest range of data gathering options at the lowest prices and can match any institutions needs to a practical and effective system.

BQuSAMS are happy to discuss individual organisational needs and to match a system in both functionality and cost to our customer’s needs. Contact BQuSAMS here.

Download the free whitepaper here.

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