SEMCAP Education | February 25, 2022
Seminal Capital Holdings, LLC announces the formation of SEMCAP Education and a strategic, exclusive partnership with ASU Enterprise Partners, the private nonprofit that creates solutions and generates resources to extend the reach of ASU and advance its charter. The two organizations will collaborate on private investments in education and education technology companies with strong use-cases for the university.
SEMCAP is an impact investment manager founded by Buck Buckley and Cyrus Vandrevala. “Investments in education and skills training are proven pathways to improved social outcomes such as consumer health, wealth, life expectancy and overall happiness. SEMCAP Education is already backing world-class companies such as Noodle Partners and McGraw Hill. We’re so pleased to invest in the seminal trends driving this sector, and partnering with ASU EP strengthens both organizations,” says Buckley.
“Partnering with knowledgeable capital allocators such as SEMCAP Education enables Edtech companies in our portfolio growth opportunities.”
ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Dan Dillon
“The SEMCAP Education team is a unique combination of experienced educators, company founders, administrators, investors and regulators with global networks across the sector,” Buckley continued. Chuck Trafton and Vince Menichelli, Managing Partners of SEMCAP Education, are supported by a team of frontline leaders transforming education worldwide, including Jared Carney of Lightdale, LLC and formerly of the Milken Institute and Knowledge Universe, Chris Nagle of Holmes Education Group, Joe Ferguson of Charter School Growth Fund, and Cindy Morgan of Penn Medicine.
ASU Enterprise Partners’ Samantha Bradley is joining the SEMCAP Education Advisory Board, which is chaired by Jo Johnson, the former UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and includes Harry Keiley-Chairman of CalSTRS, the California State Teachers' Retirement System. “Under the leadership of its President, Dr. Michael Crow, ASU has pioneered the application of technology to learning and the widening of access to world-class education. We’re proud to collaborate with a true education innovator on investments in our collective future,” Johnson commented.
Bradley serves as managing director of RealmSpark, the business unit of ASU Enterprise Partners that facilitates the capital investments necessary to fuel a strategically managed portfolio of EdTech ideas and innovation in support of Arizona State University.
Bradley stated, “ASU Enterprise Partners and SEMCAP Education are teaming up to provide the best-positioned growth companies access to value added capital. Together we can help drive the innovation and growth required for ASU to fulfill its mission.”
About SEMCAP Education
SEMCAP Education identifies and backs entrepreneurs who are transforming the future of education and scaling technologies that improve access, affordability, and quality. We invest growth equity in category-leading and category-making education and education technology companies that drive transformation for students, teachers and taxpayers from Pre-K through adult learning. Led by a highly skilled investment team with deep operating and investing experience in education and education technology, the team provides unique deal insight and support for strategic partnering and enhanced growth.
About ASU Enterprise Partners
ASU Enterprise Partners is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create solutions and generate resources to extend Arizona State University’s reach and advance its charter. ASU Enterprise Partners supports ASU through resource raising, realty development, technology transfer, collaborative research and acceleration of ed tech innovations in support of universal, lifelong learning at ASU. Its business units and strategic alignment partners include the ASU Foundation, ASURE, Enterprise Collaboratory at ASU, RealmSpark, Skysong Innovations and University Realty.
Zovio | December 24, 2021
The University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) proudly announced today a new education partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association. The new partnership offers 35% off tuition for bachelor's and master's programs for qualifying members of the National Sheriffs' Association and their immediate family members. The program is open to its 22,000 members nationwide, and selection is subject to terms and conditions.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome the National Sheriffs' Association to the UAGC family. There is no greater power than the power of education, and we take great pride in helping people strive to learn more. We look forward to watching sheriff department members from across the country discover new opportunities by choosing to continue their lifelong learning journey."
University President Paul Pastorek
Sheriffs' departments work to serve and protect citizens all around this country every day. The new partnership with UAGC provides a flexible online model and class format conducive to the scheduling demands that go along with working in this vital profession. Coursework can be completed from any location and students are afforded the opportunity to take classes that accommodate their lifestyle and schedule. Students can leverage their employer-sponsored tuition program to start or complete a degree through courses that, depending on the degree level, last five or six weeks which enable them to study at the times that work best for them.
The program is managed by Zovio Employer Solutions (ZES), which is an important service provided by Zovio. Zovio Employer Solutions helps more than 1,300 companies and organizations across the country optimize usage of their corporate tuition assistance programs in partnership with the University of Arizona Global Campus. This includes full tuition grants and reduced tuition programs through the University of Arizona Global Campus.
"Zovio has and will continue to work strategically with UAGC to explore new pathways to support student success," said Zovio's CEO Randy Hendricks. "In partnership with the University of Arizona Global Campus, Zovio Employer Solutions looks to educate and serve more students, including adult learners seeking to reskill and upskill. We look forward to serving the National Sheriffs' Association."
About University of Arizona Global Campus
The University of Arizona Global Campus ("Global Campus" or "UAGC") is an independent university that is operated in affiliation with the University of Arizona. Global Campus is designed to provide flexible opportunities for working students from diverse backgrounds who seek to gain knowledge and skills that will help them to achieve their life and career goals. Global Campus is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is one of the nation's most innovative online universities with approximately 35,000 students. UAGC offers more than 50 degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
Zovio is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.
Crystal Delta | May 31, 2021
Crystal Delta recently released Loree for Blackboard to assist educators in improving the learning experience through more straightforward course design and editing. Loree (the course design tool) is now compatible with Blackboard. It is the only tool of its sort available for Blackboard learning management systems (LMS) and is widely used by Canvas and Brightspace customers worldwide."Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar
Loree is designed to benefit the K-12, Higher Education, Vocational Education, and Corporate Education sectors. "We highly recommend Loree if you're seeking a design solution that will grow with you over time," said Loree's client Gretta O. Rogne, Director of Digital Learning, New Caney ISD.
Loree has several features that make course design and editing using Blackboard LMS easier, such as:
• Web-like Experiences: the creation of engaging and responsive course pages with text, imagery, videos, and interactives (image sliders, flip cards, accordions, tabs, and more) inside of Blackboard
• Accessibility Checker: Utilize Blackboard to ensure that your courses meet the particular needs of your learners.
• Design and Share: Design, build, save, and share templates across your organization.
• Integrations: Use Loree's seamless integration with H5P to easily embed interactive content in your Blackboard courses.
"The involvement of a learner with course materials directly influences their success and satisfaction. Taking this into account, we aim to provide educators, learning designers, and anyone else who wants to create engaging, interactive, and transformative learning experiences with the tools they need to do so." Loree Product Owner Edina Cejvan
Loree is now available for Blackboard Learn and will be available soon for Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard users may also expect a growing set of interactive modules, out-of-the-box templates based on learning best practices, analytics, and much more.
"Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar