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Robert V. Searcy New VP at Web-Based Governet

Governet, a web-based company that creates and implements curriculum and program management software for colleges and universities around the world, promoted Robert V. Searcy, CPA, to Vice President of Finance, Accounting and Management, according to President Mark Svorinic.

“We are excited to have Robert on our executive leadership team,” said Mr. Svorinic, who has more than 25 years of experience in educational technology. “His depth of experience in management accounting and business has already and will continue to benefit Governet.”

In his role as VP, Mr. Searcy will lead Governet’s accounting, finance, human resources and legal departments.

Prior to joining Governet, Mr. Searcy worked as financial controller, corporate secretary and treasurer for Intrepid Technology & Resources, Inc., a publicly-traded software development and project management consulting and contracting company. He also gained valuable experience working as the chief financial officer and treasurer at Idaho Pacific Holdings, Inc., where he helped turn around a bankrupt potato dehydration business into one of the largest and most profitable in North America.

Mr. Searcy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business at Brigham Young University in Utah.

 

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.

Web-Based Governet Re-organizes Executive Team

The executive team at Governet, a web-based company that creates and implements curriculum and program management software for colleges and universities around the world, was re-organized on Jan. 1, 2015, according to President Mark Svorinic.

“The goal of this re-organization is to provide better service to our clients, advance our product development at a faster pace and proactively engage the marketplace,” said Mr. Svorinic, who has more than 25 years of experience in educational technology.

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.

Cecil Broadnax, PhD, remains Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Mr. Broadnax is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of Governet’s marketing and sales policies, objectives and initiatives, including Social Media platforms.

Nancy Howard, previously Chief Operating Office, is now Vice President of Product Delivery and Services. In her new role, Ms. Howard is responsible for product delivery and improving clients’ experience with Governet from installation to technical support and help desk questions.

Ken Brown was promoted from Senior Software Engineer to Vice President of Technology and Development. In his new role, Mr. Brown will head the development of Governet’s software and manage the company’s IT department.

Robert Searcy leads the accounting, finance, human resources and legal departments as the Vice President of Finance, Accounting and Management.

Steve Thyberg, previously Vice President Client Services, will coordinate product development policies, objectives and initiatives by providing real-time market analysis of current trends and future market direction as the Vice President of Market Solutions.

For more information, visit www.governet.net.

UC Davis’ 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 System at the University of California, Davis.

Founded in 1905, UC Davis is the largest campus within the 10-campus University of California system with more than 5,300 acres. The campus serves about 34,500 students.

Governet will work with UC Davis staff to customize the software to the university’s specific needs for course approvals and an online catalog. Project leadership expects the software program to be installed and operational next summer.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with the University of California, Davis and provide the university with a customized software program that will save time updating and approving classes each quarter,” 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.

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

MOOCs, Mechanization, and the Modern Professor

Recently, in a course on classical political economy, my students and I discussed mechanization and its effects on employment. Having read Adam Smith’s classic text, The Wealth of Nations, we examined the productivity gains from the division of labor in his well-known pin-factory example—in which he demonstrated that workers who specialize in particular tasks outproduce those who perform every task themselves.

 

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