IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- POP has launched a new higher education program for universities to deploy the POPin crowd-solving engagement platform for faculty and administrative use, including free software licenses for all students at participating schools.
POPin is a mobile app that crowdsources user engagement to vote on shared projects and priorities for mutual problem-solving, innovation and execution.
The crowd-solving platform helps leaders solicit feedback from dispersed groups by hosting a focused online discussion forum. Teams vote on shared priorities to resolve problems across a range of goals and issues. This ground-up approach results in highly motivated and better-aligned teams, as well as happier, more engaged organizations.
POP will offer special pricing for educational institutions based on volume use by faculty and administrators, with no cost for students who use their campus email systems.
Potential initiatives include professors asking students about ideas for class projects; chancellors asking staff members about budget goals; and campus groups asking their members to rank priorities for upcoming activities.
The University of Pennsylvania has launched an initial POPin program in the 2015-16 school year. The program's potential benefits include an ability to quickly gauge student opinions, enhance campus communications, and improve alumni relations, according to Tom Murphy, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology for the University of Pennsylvania.
"We believe POPin provides a powerful new communications tool for universities and academic departments to take the pulse of their stakeholders, so we are excited that POP has launched a dedicated new program for the higher education community," said Murphy.
POP will offer free engagement manager training sessions for 90 days to university leaders who become active in the program. "The adoption of POPin should help colleges and universities set a new bar for faculty engagement by discovering great ideas from the most unlikely sources in their midst," said Hayes Drumwright, founder and CEO of POP.
"We envision the POPin Education Program as a new focal point for universities to better engage with their undergraduates, to validate the innovative ideas of their MBA student entrepreneurs, and to build stronger pipelines that optimize alumni fundraising campaigns," Drumwright said.
Universities can "custom brand" their POPin sessions by adding their unique school colors and logos to the software user interface. For more information about the POPin Education Program, please visit: http://www.popinnow.com/higher-education/
POPin is a mobile app used by business and IT professionals to generate buy-in for strategic initiatives by making all employees, partners and/or customers an accomplice in the master plan. The app leverages crowdsourcing and crowd-solving to meet specific business challenges via a time-bound, question-based approach to lift leaders and provide a common voice for engagement. POPin also leverages SaaS, web interfaces and dedicated engagement managers to deliver timely and innovative impact to relevant corporate objectives. For more information visit www.popinnow.com.