By Mark Winegar on Fri, 02/01/2013
"I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end." -Abraham Lincoln
Colleges and universities are learning to serve students using the tools students use most often, their smartphones!
Tiffin University is located in Tiffin, Ohio, but half of its students are online. Offering an iOS app is a smart move!
Tiffin University's mission is to:
offer quality, professionally focused, learning-centered undergraduate and graduate degree programs and life-long learning opportunities to prepare traditional college-age students and adult students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service.
To this end they work with employers and professionals to deliver effective academic programs reflecting the evolving professional needs and intellectual requirements of today and tomorrow. TU is one school that understands why people go to college. Jobs!
Many of TU's students are non-traditional students. This means they have real lives including jobs, families, and other responsibilities beyond campus. The University strives to be responsive to their needs. That's why they offer this handy free app at the Apple Apps Store.
TU Mobile offers campus related news and sports reports and a calendar of events. You can contact the Admissions department for information about the school and tuition assistance or to schedule a campus visit. You can view campus photos and take a virtual tour. Students can even check the weather before leaving their dorm rooms. You can access the school phone directory too.
Donors can also use the app to make financial contributions.
It's a good app and I enjoyed the picutres of campus but it could be more useful.
First, I'd like to be able to review academic programs. This link should be prominently placed on the main menu. My next recommendation is to provide another prominent main menu link to the academic portal so students can directly access online classes from their iOS device.