CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XAP Corporation, a leader in educational technology, today announced the launch of Apply to Virginia Community Colleges (www.apply.vccs.edu), a new student admissions application developed in partnership with the Virginia Community Colleges System (VCCS).
As part of their Complete 2021 Strategic Plan, the VCCS set specific goals to raise application completion rates, improve applicant satisfaction, and increase enrollment for the state’s 23 community colleges. To accomplish these goals VCCS required a new, more sophisticated application system. Apply to Virginia Community Colleges was designed with modern technologies and functionality that deliver more than just an online application; it delivers tools benefiting applicants and community colleges alike.
“Our team really enjoyed collaborating with VCCS,” said Eddie Monnier, Chief Executive Officer of XAP Corporation. “We leveraged our decades of experience with technology-enabled applications to create an admissions application solution with new technologies and functionality to make the online enrollment process more effective for community college applicants and the schools, and ultimately increase enrollment across the state at VCCS schools.”
The system’s features are tailored to meet the needs and expectations of today’s students. The site can be accessed from a variety of devices, and users have the option to sign in with their credentials from a social media account. On the site, it’s easy to search for information on any school and then complete an admissions application with minimal effort. More than 10,000 applications were submitted using the system’s tools and features within the first two weeks.
“We challenged XAP to build a best-in-class solution with real-time integration into our SIS system on a tight timeline. Our team was really impressed by their knowledge and ability to keep a large, complicated project moving forward. They delivered the solution on-time and without surprises,” said Dr. Van Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Strategic Initiatives. “Our new application solution is an important step forward in helping more Virginians achieve post-secondary credentials.”
VCCS staff now have a variety of new tools to assist with outreach -- including the means to create customized communications to applicants both individually and in targeted groups, both ad hoc and automatically triggered, and access to robust reporting tools with cutting edge metrics that provide insight into applicants’ progress and activities. Each outreach tool helps VCCS reach their goals within the Complete 2021 Strategic Plan.
Each college can manage and customize their institution’s application, complete with their school branding and specific information, instructions or messages; while two-way integration with the VCCS student information system provides a smooth and streamlined application experience for applicants.
The system integrates the Virginia Education Wizard (www.vawizard.org) as an additional resource to help potential applicants with college and career planning needs, programs of study searches, career and skills assessments, and financial aid options.
Multi-level customer service, available via email, online chat and toll-free phone support, is also provided for applicants, college and administrative staff.
About XAP Corporation
XAP is the industry leader in providing students and adults with online tools to explore careers and discover, plan, and apply to colleges and universities. XAP’s products are used by thousands of K-12 institutions, colleges, universities.