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By Alana Ripy in Career Services, CSM, Events posted: Jul, 9th 2020

Conference Recap: CSM Symposium 20

Last month, we held our annual CSM Symposium—our very first large-scale virtual event! Over 1400 attendees joined us for the two-day event, representing more than 430 higher education institutions from all over the world convening for expert-led presentations, trainings, and best practices sessions. Although we were disappointed that we couldn’t meet with our clients in-person […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Career Services, CSM, Tips and Tricks posted: Jul, 9th 2020

Soft Skills Will Be Crucial for UK Students

It goes without saying that the class of 2020 faces unprecedented challenges. Dubbed the “Corona Class of 2020,” students across the world are facing an uncertain future when it comes to their prospects in the job market. However, what skills do students need during this pandemic to successfully land them a job? Both research and […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Career Services, CSM, Current Events posted: Jun, 19th 2020

Could Community Colleges Be the ‘Winners’ of COVID-19?

Community colleges and two-year institutions across the United States are facing the same daunting question: What do we do about fall 2020? Should we return to campus or continue online? Those questions aren’t unique to community colleges, but the answers are. Unlike traditional four-year institutions, community colleges don’t have to worry about residential life, large-scale […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Career Services, CSM, Current Events posted: Jun, 12th 2020

How Career Services Can Help with Student Retention

Across the country, colleges and universities are already worried about transitioning their resources online since many institutions are preparing for a virtual fall 2020 semester. Additionally, universities are worried about potential lawsuits on the horizon as students contest that their tuition payments should be reduced if their on-campus offerings, including in their tuition, are not […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Career Services, CSM posted: Jun, 10th 2020

Advancing Student Employability in the UK

The impacts of COVID-19 have reverberated throughout higher education. Many institutions are grappling with what COVID-19 means for them, including many UK universities that are planning on offering a hybrid of in-person sessions this fall. In an effort to broaden the access to job opportunities in the UK, Symplicity is sponsoring a “Social Mobility and Widening Participation” session, as part of the Association of […]


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By Nicholas Standage in Best Practices posted: Apr, 23rd 2020

Higher Ed Communication During COVID-19

A Consultant’s Perspective: Higher Ed Communication During COVID-19 COVID-19 has introduced large amounts of uncertainty and anxiety for higher education institutions, their students and employers around the world.  How universities communicate about COVID-19 should create clarity, resilience and promote a positive change for their students and staff. Research indicates that during times of distress when […]


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By Arielle Jordan in Announcements, Career Services, CSM, Events posted: Apr, 9th 2020

CSM Symposium ’20 & COVID-19

As the Marketing Events Manager at Symplicity, CSM Symposium has become one of the events that I most look forward to on our calendar.  Each year, I’ve enjoyed meeting our clients, watching presentations come to life, and catching up at our client appreciation party, whether it be in New Orleans, D.C., Orlando, or Palm Springs. […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Student Conduct posted: Nov, 7th 2019

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion

Recently colleges and universities across the country have made adjustments to be more inclusive in response to a growing diverse student population. According to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute, 10 percent of a sample of more than 33,000 undergraduate students identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, pansexual, or questioning. Additionally, a 2015-16 report found […]


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By Alana Ripy in Best Practices, Career Services, CSM posted: Sep, 13th 2019

Increasing Career Services’ Relevancy

The importance of career services continues to be a key component of university messaging to current or prospective students. This is especially the case with the increase of tuition costs which, in turn, has caused an increase in the average student debt. Research found that “the average cumulative student debt balance in 2017 was $26,900 […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Events posted: Sep, 6th 2019

Conference Recap: Accommodate Symposium 19

This summer, we held our second Accommodate Symposium in Boston, MA. The event took place on July 10th at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel the day before the annual AHEAD Conference. The event was packed with roundtable discussions, best practice sharing, and learning opportunities. Attendees included a mix of experienced and new Accommodate users, as […]


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