As higher education institutions navigate changes in light of COVID-19, Gonzaga University and Florida State University (FSU) announced this week a new approach to providing students with online job and internship opportunities through a unique partnership with Symplicity, the global leader in student employability solutions for students and recent college graduates. Through this partnership, Gonzaga University and Florida State University are able to better help their students with lifelong success in the changing job market. The decision to implement Symplicity® CSM™ at their institutions came from their career services teams’ desire to offer the most relevant and meaningful services remotely to students while creating the most efficient experience for staff without disruption—with an emphasis on protecting student data in the process.
Gonzaga University, along with several colleges and universities across the nation, began shifting to a virtual classroom in mid-March closing campus in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite the campus closure, Gonzaga University remains focused on supporting student success during this pandemic not only academically, but in their careers. Partnering with Symplicity has allowed Gonzaga to swiftly engage with students navigating the job market in a comprehensive and tailored way. “What we love about Symplicity CSM is that you can really customize it and tailor it to the student success initiatives we already have in place. With CSM, our staff will be able to offer better student services,” said Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Ray Angle. “I can have full visibility and access of student data and engagement analytics, as well as employer accounts within CSM—this information is instrumental to the decisions our office makes, especially while working off-campus.”
Like Gonzaga, FSU closed its campus in March shedding light on the University’s need for a fully virtual student experience. FSU was in search of a comprehensive platform that would manage different experiential learning programs that could be configured to give staff full visibility into student participation. “Configurability, access, and system integration is very important to Florida State University’s student engagement and success initiatives. CSM’s holistic approach enables the Career Center to track and customize student learning across disciplines and colleges, and fully engage with employing organizations,” said Myrna Hoover, Director of Career Services at FSU. “Symplicity’s partnership with universities simply provides the best features for an institution committed to student success and sourcing talent for employers.”
“We see it as our responsibility to help universities keep students engaged and ultimately successful in this new, fully virtual experience,” said President & CEO of Symplicity Corporation Matthew Small. “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Gonzaga and Florida State, along with many other universities, to the Symplicity client community this summer.”
About Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University located in Spokane, Washington. Established in 1887, its current total enrollment is over 7,500 with approximately 5,000 undergraduates.
About Florida State University
One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Established in 1851, its current total enrollment is over 41,717 students from every Florida county and 131 countries.
Symplicity is a global student experience company that provides smart platforms to more than 2,000 colleges and universities for managing all aspects of student life, including career services, student conduct, and accommodations. Symplicity empowers colleges and universities to increase student engagement and outcomes by creating an inclusive and supportive student experience that extends beyond graduation.