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The Importance of Peer Review

Every few years, colleges and universities gather materials and prepare reports to renew their accreditation.

But what if there was a way to streamline this process?

What is accreditation?

According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, “Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and higher education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement.” While accreditation is not mandatory in the United States—unlike other countries—the benefits range from allowing students to receive certain federal financial aid grants to increasing their job opportunities after graduation.

There are five basic steps in the accreditation process: 1) Preparation and self-examination—when the institution prepares its materials and reports; 2) Peer review—when a team of administration and faculty peers review the prepared materials, reports, and general processes and procedures; 3) Visit and examination—when another team of peers and concerned volunteers conduct the official review; 4) Judgment action made by accreditation organization—when the commission gives the final affirmation or denial; and 5) Continuous review—when, after a few years, the college or university goes through all the steps again. (Via World Wide Learning.)

What are the benefits of having peer review?

Let’s focus on step No. 2—Peer review.

Since peer review allows for a diversity of opinions to be brought to the table, it can remove some of the biases and/or pre-conceived ideas about what works and what doesn’t. This can be particularly beneficial when a staff helps each other prepare for accreditation by peer reviewing each other’s work prior to the official peer review.

Peer review can encourage higher quality work. Where semester lesson plans may have been hurriedly completed right before deadline, peer review can encourage more thorough work.

By suggesting different perspectives, offering innovative ideas, or bringing new research to the table, peer reviewers can also help improve the content of the curriculum. Since no one person knows everything, bringing professors together can strength the course material.

How can we simplify this peer review process?

Since peer review is such an important step, we have worked to make it easier for campuses to facilitate peer review outside the accreditation process.

Our software program—CurricUNET META—provides for increased peer review and instant online access for streamlined review and change processes.

Now, before the official accreditation peer review comes on campus, professors and faculty can easily and seamlessly help each other fine tune their curriculums. We want to make it easier and more convenient for colleges and universities to thrive and excel at their next accreditation checkup.

LA Community Colleges’ New Web-Based Curriculum Management System Could Save 100s of Man-Hours

Governet, a technology company that creates and implements a digital software as a service (SaaS) curriculum and program management platform for colleges and universities around the world, recently signed a contract to install its core CurricUNET META and Catalog Services System at the Los Angeles Community College District campuses.

The Los Angeles Community College District is comprised of nine campuses that have served more than 3 million students over the past 77 years. It is the largest community college district in the United States and one of the largest in the world, covering an area of more than 882 square miles.

Governet will work with LACCD staff to customize the software to the District’s specific needs. They expect the software program to be installed and operational in January 2016.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with the Los Angeles Community College District and provide them with a customized software program that will save time updating and approving classes each semester,” said Mark Svorinic, president of Governet.

Founded 28 years ago, in 1986, Governet works to lighten the curriculum-management workload for college and university administrators.

The company’s software—CurricUNET META—automates the development and approval process of new courses and programs as well as their management and maintenance in higher education, a process that previously required a significant commitment of resources—time, funds and people. Managing this process with META creates greater efficiencies and effectiveness of resources, generating significant savings that administrators can then better allocate to serving the institution’s mission.

 

Governet is a curriculum management systems innovator that helps colleges and universities totally automate the curriculum process: planning, approving and publishing. Through a network of individual institutions and statewide college/university systems, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum databases, workflow and the dissemination of curriculum information to a worldwide community of students and educators. For more information, call 208-522-1225 or visit www.governet.net.

Governet’s President Delivers Commencement Speech at Pima Medical Institute

Mark Svorinic, president of Governet, a web-based company that creates and implements curriculum and program management software for colleges and universities around the world, encouraged graduates from Pima Medical Institute to build their team.

“You will find the encouragement, motivation, truth and perspective that your team brings invaluable,” Mr. Svorinic told the 300 graduates. “Your team will help keep you focused, honest and, at times, humble.”

The graduation was held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

Founded in 1972, Pima Medical Institute is a medical career college with 13 campuses across the western United States. Pima is the largest independently owned, private allied health school in the US. It is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

In his speech, Mr. Svorinic, who has more than 25 years of experience in educational technology, compared life to a marathon race and encouraged the graduates to set mile markers, not get discouraged by “uphill” trials and use the flat-road times to refocus.

Mr. Svorinic earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business education from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree in learning and instructional technology from Arizona State University.

 

Governet is a curriculum management systems innovator that helps colleges and universities totally automate the curriculum process: planning, approving and publishing. Through a network of individual institutions and statewide college/university systems, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum databases, workflow and the dissemination of curriculum information to a worldwide community of students and educators. For more information, call 208-522-1225 or visit www.governet.net.

Governet Launches New Website

Governet, a technology company that creates and implements digital software as a service (SaaS) curriculum and program management platform for colleges and universities around the world, recently launched a new website.

The website, designed to improve navigation, showcases Governet’s core CurricUNET META System along with current news and updates from the company’s blog and social media sites.

“This new website shows our continued desire to make it easier for educators and administrators to learn how we can help make their lives easier,” said Mark Svorinic, president of Governet.

Founded 28 years ago, in 1986, Governet works to lighten the curriculum-management workload for college and university administrators.

The company’s software — CurricUNET META — automates the development and approval process of new courses and programs as well as their management and maintenance in higher education, a process that previously required a significant commitment of resources — time, funds and people. Managing this process with META creates greater efficiencies and effectiveness of resources, generating significant savings that administrators can then better allocate to serving the institution’s mission.

Visit the new website at www.governet.net.

Governet Announces Mark Svorinic as New President

The Board of Directors of Governet, a web-based company that creates and implements curriculum and program management software for colleges and universities around the world, recently promoted Mark Svorinic to President, according to Jess Parker, spokesman for the Governet Board of Directors.

Previously Governet’s vice president of consulting services since May 2013, Mr. Svorinic has increased sales and opportunities for the company, including improving software implementation times.

“Mark’s promotion confirms his leadership skills with Governet,” Mr. Parker said. “Governet has seen its fastest growth in 2014, and we are confident the company will continue to grow and flourish under Mark’s guidance.”

Governet’s software—CurricUNET META —automates the development and approval process of new courses and programs as well as their management and maintenance in higher education, a process that previously required a significant commitment of resources – time, funds and people. Automating this process with META creates greater efficiencies and effectiveness of resources, dramatically saving universities upwards of 2,300 hours per year.

Mr. Svorinic has more than 25 years of experience in educational technology. He started as a secondary school teacher specializing in Business and Technology Education, where he recognized that emergent technologies would inevitably impact the learning arena. He moved from District Technology Coordinator for a school district in Arizona to Director for Academic Technology Services in the Tempe Union School District. Since then, Mr. Svorinic has held senior and executive positions at Cisco Learning Institute, Pearson Digital Learning and Pinnacle Education, Inc.

Mr. Svorinic earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business education from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree in learning and instructional technology from Arizona State University.

Governet is a curriculum management systems innovator that helps colleges and universities totally automate the curriculum process: planning, approving and publishing. Through a network of individual institutions and statewide college/university systems, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum databases, workflow and the dissemination of curriculum information to a worldwide community of students and educators. For more information, call 208-522-1225 or visit www.governet.net. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Jennifer Goddard Combs / (805) 565-­‐3990 / jennifer@thegoddardcompany.com

New Hires Join Governet Tech Development Team To Accommodate Growing Client Base and Technology Offerings

Idaho Falls, ID, December 12, 2013Governet is pleased to announce that several new hires will join its tech development team to accommodate a growing client base and expansion of its award-winning curriculum management program, CurricUNET Meta.

Daniel Hokanson joins Governet as a Senior Software Engineer after freelancing as a programmer and developer in both public and private sectors for nearly a decade.  Relocating from Orem, Utah to serve as the Senior SQL Database Developer, Dewey Jones has more than a decade of high-tech development jobs with Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and Noevest, Inc.  Sean McDaniels joined Governet as Network Administrator, and will be maintaining current Governet server infrastructure as well as assisting to build and expand future projects.

“Thanks to our immensely talented tech team, we have completely re-designed CurricUNET and at the same time begun development on new transformational products that consistently outpace modern trends in higher education. As our offerings grow, so does our need for outstanding technology experts,” said Steve Thyberg, Vice President of Strategic Services at Governet.

The new hires will fill specific functions that enhance Governet’s capacity to both develop the new product lines and accommodate the new client installations and the concurrent increase in data residing in the Worldwide Curriculum Network.

“Daniel, Dewey and Shawn each have unique expertise that will enable us to keep pace with demands of a rapidly growing client base as well as fulfill our own ambitious development objectives,” Thyberg said.

About Governet and CurricUNET:

Governet is a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions. These solutions address local campus, statewide system, and international collaborative network issues in curriculum development, management and accreditation. Governet’s core application is CurricUNET, the award-winning curriculum management system designed to streamline curriculum processes from planning to articulation by improving workflow efficiency, reporting and approval processes and institutional connectivity. Currently serving more than 550 colleges and universities, including several state-wide systems throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, CurricUNET was adopted by California’s ground-breaking ASSIST, which connects and facilitates articulation between all of the state’s higher education systems. CurricUNET provides its users access to more than 600,000 course outlines and 47,000 program and degree programs. Via this transformational database, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum and creating what is rapidly becoming the Worldwide Curriculum Network. For more information about Governet and CurricUNET, please visit www.governet.net.

 

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Governet Makes CurricUSEARCH Available to California High Schools to Facilitate Statewide College Selection Process

Santa Barbara, CA—December 10, 2013Governet announced that it is initiating a new pilot program in California to enable a limited test group of 200 high schools to access courses and degree programs via the statewide CurricUNET Meta search system, CurricUSEARCH. The CurricUSEARCH module will enable teachers and counselors to have more accurate and timely information on courses and degrees offered by the colleges and universities in the CurricUNET database.

“CurricUSEARCH will be very helpful to college-bound seniors and their advisors because it will eliminate the hassle of combing through multitudes of catalogues from multiple colleges and universities,” said Governet CEO George Tamas. “Student success initiatives are a major focus in the K12 sector at this time. That success is contingent on meeting future course and degree requirements. This program will finally give high school teachers, counselors, and their students a direct view of specific course requirements as well as the entire degree path at their eventual college/university selection. It will also provide students clarity about what is expected of them to achieve their academic goals.”

With more than 600,000 courses and degree programs from more than 550 colleges and universities currently listed in the database, CurricUSEARCH will provide students and their college advisors a one-stop resource to help them plan their academic degree paths.  The database offers customizable, filtered searches so that users can create searches based on their interests and priorities, and then sort results by institution or by courses, programs or degrees.

The pilot program will be reviewed and analyzed by Governet throughout 2014, including feedback from both the test group of high schools and current CurricUNET colleges and universities, to assess its effectiveness. This review will determine the degree to which the program will be modified or expanded, both in California and the other states and provinces containing CurricUNET institutions.

In addition to facilitating the college/university selection process for high school users, this program also adds value for institutions currently using CurricUNET by providing another enrollment marketing outlet for them to gain exposure among student prospects.   Dr. Cecil Broadnax, Governet Vice President of Sales and Business Development explained, “We are also very excited about expanding the use of CurricUNET to high school users because it provides our CurricUNET clients with another promotional tool to reach college-bound student populations.”

About Governet and CurricUNET:

Governet is a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions. These solutions address local campus, statewide system, and international collaborative network issues in curriculum development, management and accreditation. Governet’s core application is CurricUNET, the award-winning curriculum management system designed to streamline curriculum processes from planning to articulation by improving workflow efficiency, reporting and approval processes and institutional connectivity. Currently serving more than 550 colleges and universities, including several state-wide systems throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, CurricUNET was adopted by California’s ground-breaking ASSIST, which connects and facilitates articulation between all of the state’s higher education systems. CurricUNET provides its users access to more than 600,000 course outlines and 47,000 program and degree programs. Via this transformational database, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum and creating what is rapidly becoming the Worldwide Curriculum Network. For more information about Governet and CurricUNET, please visit www.governet.net.

 

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Dr. Cecil Broadnax Joins Governet to Lead CurricUNET Sales and Business Development

SANTA BARBARA, December 5, 2013—Governet is pleased to announce that Cecil Broadnax, PhD., will join its executive team as VP of Sales and Business Development to oversee marketing of its award-winning curriculum management program, CurricUNET. The former Campus Director and faculty member of the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix, Dr. Broadnax is a passionate educator with more than 20 years experience in higher education, educational technology, and biotechnology.

“Dr. Cecil Broadnax has dedicated his career to higher education and believes in providing educational opportunities with potential to change lives,” said George Tamas, CEO of Governet.  “We believe his deep understanding of academia will prove to be an asset, not just to Governet, but also to the clients we serve today, and hope to attract in the future.”

Earlier in his career, Dr. Broadnax led two academic service divisions at a 10,000 FTE public research university and developed business opportunities for IBM across higher education, medical, genomic, and proteomic research facilities.  Dr. Broadnax later joined Pearson International, where he led a global team responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Business Development building revenue generating relationships across the Americas.

A passionate and prolific Biomedical Engineer, Dr. Broadnax invented several medical devices that are sold globally. He has brought his energy and passion to the higher education community in his lectures on select biomedical engineering topics.  One of his favorite academic activities is to help students understand how to bridge the gap between academic rigor and real world results.

Dr. Broadnax is an avid learner and holds a PhD from Fordham University. He sat on several public sector, college, and K-12 trustee and advisory boards and has been recognized for his outstanding public service work.  His research and publication interests include educational technology and issues in its implementation, medical devices, biomedical engineering, and policies to enhance access to and foster wider success across educational opportunities.

“Like many of us at Governet, Dr. Broadnax believes strongly that educational technology has the potential to substantially influence student outcomes – whether face-to-face or virtual,” Tamas explained, noting that this belief is at the core of Governet’s guiding mission to transform education through the Worldwide Curriculum Network.

About Governet and CurricUNET:

Governet is a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions. These solutions address local campus, statewide system, and international collaborative network issues in curriculum development, management and accreditation. Governet’s core application is CurricUNET, the award-winning curriculum management system designed to streamline curriculum processes from planning to articulation by improving workflow efficiency, reporting and approval processes and institutional connectivity. Currently serving more than 550 colleges and universities, including several state-wide systems throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, CurricUNET was adopted by California’s ground-breaking ASSIST, which connects and facilitates articulation between all of the state’s higher education systems. CurricUNET provides its users access to more than 600,000 course outlines and 47,000 program and degree programs. Via this transformational database, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum and creating what is rapidly becoming the Worldwide Curriculum Network. For more information about Governet and CurricUNET, please visit www.governet.net.

Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to:

Governet
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208.522.1225

Governet Partners with Foundation for California Community Colleges to Support Curricular Automation

SANTA BARBARA, August 14, 2013—Governet, innovators of the award-winning CurricUNET suite of curricular automation and management services, announced today that it has partnered with the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) to offer curriculum automation and management programs and services to California Community Colleges not already subscribed to CurricUNET. As part of the partnership terms, a portion of revenue Governet generates from the sale of CurricUNET to California community colleges participating in the program will benefit FCCC.

CurricUNET currently serves the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office with its statewide curriculum reporting and approval system, called the CCC Curriculum Inventory. Governet also serves the state’s entire public higher education network including the California Community College (CCC) system, the University of California system and the California State University system for statewide articulation and transfer via California’s Articulation System Stimulating Inter Institutional Student Transfer, known as ASSIST. The partnership with FCCC will enable the remaining 29 colleges to adopt CurricUNET for local curriculum processing at a discounted rate.

As part of its mission to benefit, support and enhance the California Community College system, the FCCC develops programs and services that save millions of dollars for colleges and students, promote excellence in education, and provide valuable learning opportunities for students throughout the state. This is achieved through special initiatives, statewide awards, and direct donations to the colleges and to the Network of California Community College Foundations.

“We realize the great challenges facing many community-based colleges, and we are committed to helping these institutions take advantage of technology that can help them save time, money and other resources,” said George Tamas, CEO of Governet.  “Our partnership with FCCC is mutually rewarding.  It is my hope that giving back can help these institutions become more competitive in the education arena and create more advantageous curricular programs for their constituents.”

Earlier this year, Governet stepped up its efforts to assist underfunded higher education institutions by partnering with Blue Mountain Energy (BME) to create a unique Grant Writing Assistance Program that provides these colleges and universities with an opportunity to benefit from CurricUNET programs and gain access to the Worldwide Curriculum Network. Governet’s commitment to FCCC will include a joint marketing effort to apprise these institutions of the program made available to them.

About Governet and CurricUNET:
Governet is a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions. These solutions address local campus, statewide system, and international collaborative network issues in curriculum development, management and accreditation. Governet’s core application is CurricUNET, the award-winning curriculum management system designed to streamline curriculum processes from planning to articulation by improving workflow efficiency, reporting and approval processes and institutional connectivity. Currently serving more than 550 colleges and universities, including several state-wide systems throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, CurricUNET was adopted by California’s ground-breaking ASSIST, which connects and facilitates articulation between all of the state’s higher education systems. CurricUNET provides its users access to more than 600,000 course outlines and 47,000 program and degree programs. Via this transformational database, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum and creating what is rapidly becoming the Worldwide Curriculum Network. For more information about Governet and CurricUNET, please visit www.governet.net.

About the Foundation for California Community Colleges:
The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) is the official foundation of the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office.  FCCC is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides effective services and innovative solutions for the largest higher education system in the nation. Foundation programs reach all 112 California Community Colleges and 72 districts, and several are expanding nationwide. The Foundation develops programs and services that save millions of dollars for colleges and students, promote excellence in education, and provide valuable learning opportunities for students throughout the state. It also supports the system through special initiatives, statewide awards, and direct donations to the colleges and the Network of California Community College Foundations.  As FCCC enters into its second decade as an organization, it is poised to bring much-needed support to its colleges and to provide even greater opportunities for students and the State of California. For more information, please visit www.foundationccc.org.

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Sherry Butler
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