Three Edtech Companies Merge to Create an ‘Anthology’ of Higher-Ed Tools

Two personal fairness companies are combining three schooling expertise belongings into a brand new firm—one which its CEO jestingly likens to a “greatest hits album” of software program for higher-ed establishments.

At least the corporate’s identify, Anthology, is becoming for that description, says Jim Milton, who will function its chief government. It will provide 14 administrative software program instruments to assist faculty officers appeal to, help and interact with college and pupil communities.

Anthology is an amalgamation of three previously separate corporations—Campus Management, Campus Labs and iModules. All three had been previously owned by Leeds Equity Partners till it sold them to a different personal fairness agency, Veritas Capital, in January 2020. Leeds retained a minority stake in all three corporations.

The three corporations provided distinct purposes with “virtually no overlap” between them, in response to Milton. Campus Management offers a pupil info system, enterprise useful resource planning instruments and buyer relationship administration providers. Campus Labs provides software program for college kids and campus leaders to handle golf equipment, occasions and different student-affair actions. And iModules develops alumni engagement software program to assist faculties fundraise.

The instruments work collectively in complementary methods to assist faculty officers have interaction with potential and matriculated college students from “birth to bequest,” says Milton. He clarified that “birth” refers to a school’s first outreach to a possible applicant—though he additionally shared that some clients do ship college-branded child presents to alumni who’ve voluntarily shared info with their alma maters about having kids.

“Some schools are trying to build a pipeline of students 17 years into the future,” he says.

The three corporations, now below one umbrella, serve over 2,100 higher-ed establishments throughout 34 international locations, in response to Milton. About 1,900 of them are based mostly within the U.S. Anthology has a employees of greater than 1,400 workers who’re based mostly internationally, Milton provides. Financial phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The sweeping vary of providers provided by the Boca Raton, Florida-based firm additionally means it has loads of opponents. Among them are Ellucian, Oracle and Workday, which all develop administrative software program and pupil info techniques utilized by faculties and universities. On the alumni fundraising aspect, there’s Blackbaud. Salesforce has additionally made a concerted push to promote its buyer relationship administration instruments within the greater schooling market.

Milton says that one in every of Anthology’s benefits is that its instruments had been all developed utilizing Microsoft providers and delivered by way of its Azure cloud service. Sharing that widespread expertise stack ought to facilitate the technical integration of the totally different items, he provides.

The merger has been within the works for a few yr, in response to Milton. But its consummation comes as higher-ed establishments are scrambling to prepare for a brand new educational yr with totally different reopening plans. With the COVID-19 an infection charges persevering with to rise, on-line distant instruction will seemingly stay a part of the plan for many, if not all, faculties. Where in-person instruction resumes, class sizes and frequency might be restricted.

Analysis from the likes of consulting agency McKinsey anticipate as a lot as a 20 percent decline in enrollment. Parents and college students more and more say they’re unwilling to pay full tuition for online-only instruction; greater than 180 lawsuits have already been filed asking for refunds.

All this might negatively influence Anthology’s enterprise. “We are going to see ebbs and flows in certain product lines,” Milton acknowledges. But as “colleges are moving to a hybrid delivery model,” he provides, they’ll want methods to recruit and retain college students maybe now greater than ever.

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