Wayne State's messaging service innovation leads to international award

Putting information in the hands of students has earned Wayne State University a spiffy new award.

The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education gave Wayne State its Award for Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology. Translation, the association gave the university a top award for its broadcast messaging service.

The service, developed by Wayne State's Computing and IT staff, sends text messages and emails to the university's students, staff and faculty. The messages can be as mundane as reminders to emergency alerts. The messages are sent to any cell-phone carrier and without advertising.

ACUTA is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities, represents nearly 2,000 individual members from some 780 institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Source: Wayne State University
Writer: Jon Zemke
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