As technology increases the flexibility of higher education in the U.S., universities may want to incorporate dental school software into their ongoing operations to ensure administrative tasks are properly organized.
One of the most prominent trends overtaking the academic industry is the fact that institutions are extending the educational experience beyond the physical classroom. Growth in online technology has made it possible for many organizations to engage with students remotely, as well as through several different satellite locations across the country. According to a recent article published in the online publication Inside Higher Ed, state governments are currently responsible for evaluating and approving the colleges and universities that operate within their borders. However, starting on July 1, 2014, that task will be left to a new consolidated agency known as the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Industry experts anticipate SARA will streamline the often time-consuming process distance education providers face when they start new ventures in other states. This change may ultimately have a significant impact on the higher education landscape. Academic institutions may suddenly find it easier to operate locations in a variety of states.
"People are used to sitting in their living room and shopping, maintaining their social connections – why wouldn't they access their education that way?" Jennifer Parks, director of the SARA initiative for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, told Inside Higher Ed. "If I can make it easier, more cost-effective and afford greater accessibility to students, that's great."
Universities can expect larger enrollment numbers in the future
These trends have unique implications for dental hygiene programs across the U.S. RDH eVillage, an online industry publication, recently released its 2013 salary survey, which compiles data from a large number of professionals across the country. The report concluded the decision to seek an education in oral health continues to be a lucrative option. In California, for example, 33 percent of 129 total responding dental hygiene professionals said their 2013 income ranged anywhere between $76,000 and $80,000. Respondents in several other states reported similar numbers in proportion to the cost of living.
The attractive salaries available for graduates of dental hygiene programs may result in a sharp increase in enrollment over the next several years. Especially as academic institutions become more flexible by operating in multiple locations, administrators can expect to manage a larger number of students than ever before. The right tools will make sure universities are able to accommodate more students without compromising the quality of education. Investing in advanced software for dental hygiene schools will likely make all the difference in ensuring these organizations are able to effectively maintain existing standards while simultaneously boosting operational productivity. Dental software has the ability to work seamlessly with ongoing clinical operations as well. Just as many schools and universities are using innovative technology in the classroom, program managers can also benefit from flexible tools that make jobs easier for faculty and staff.