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A Colorado university releases mobile app, another launches a new one

Colorado State University announced this week that it is ending support for its mobile app after administrators noticed that students are increasingly favoring university websites.

IN a blog post on Tuesdayannounced the university that the app — named RAMmobile after the university’s mascot, a rambouillet sheep named Cam — will not be available for download or use beginning July 31.

“The decision to discontinue RAMmobile was made after reviewing app usage and considering current resource allocations. Over time, app usage had declined as students and staff increasingly accessed information directly through websites and other platforms,” ​​the post read. on this change in user behavior, it was decided to redirect resources from maintaining the app to improving other services used more widely by the campus community.”

The public land-grant university, which enrolls 32,000 students at its Fort Collins campus, has compiled a list of links to various websites where students can access the same services collected by the mobile app, including a campus map, parking garage availability, class registration and course listings .

And as Colorado State sends out its mobile app, the University of Northern Colorado, a private school in Greeley that enrolls 8,000 students, rolling out a new one. UNC announced last month the launch of an app called My UNC that includes personalized dashboards, interactive campus maps and calendars.

“The new app will greatly improve efficiency, especially during events such as new student orientation,” said Wade Bumgarner, director of the university’s Office of Enterprise Systems and Technology Experience. “We want to provide a comprehensive tool that meets the needs of all students.”

According to a press release, the project was funded by a government grant of $1.2 million. Bumgarner said the university will monitor how students use the app to continue to improve it.

“This is just the beginning, and we look forward to rolling out more features that will make life easier for everyone at UNC,” Bumgarner said.

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop. He has reported on government IT policy for more than a decade, on topics including cyber security, IT governance and public safety.

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