New Haven, Conn. (June 27, 2011) – Southern Connecticut State University and SeeClickFix announce a new partnership to simultaneously empower the campus community and improve the institution's physical environment. The university will leverage SeeClickFix's place-based reporting platform to address non-emergency problems reported on campus, ranging from broken windows and glass to damaged sidewalks and graffiti.
"Since our launch a few years ago, we've partnered with countless cities, media outlets, and community groups nationwide and overseas," said Ben Berkowitz, SeeClickFix CEO. "Now, that list has expanded to include academic institutions thanks to SCSU. We look forward to seeing how our online technology helps create offline results."
With the reporting platform, students, faculty, and staff can report quality-of-life campus concerns through custom service request categories through the online, mobile (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry), and Facebook platforms, and also provide additional information about the problem through the description or image options. Once someone submits an issue, the reporter and those responsible for fixing the problem will receive email notifications. The facilities department can then acknowledge the service request and update the issue page once it's been resolved.
The partnership allows individuals to not only report campus issues, but also view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by others. They can even create "watch areas" to receive notifications about issues reported on campus, enabling individuals to follow the progress of all service requests.
Robert G. Sheeley, Associate Vice President for Capital Budgeting & Facilities Operations, introduced the idea of partnering SCSU with SeeClickFix. Sheeley believes SeeClickFix will enhance the capabilities and responsiveness of the facilities department through its transparent and accessible platform.
"With this public, user-friendly forum, we can more efficiently address campus concerns and more closely connect with students, faculty, and staff to solve these problems that impact everyone," he said.
Thomas Struble, Coordinator of Property/Inventory/Stores/Receiving, will administer SeeClickFix on campus.
"It will improve the lines of communication between campus facilities and the people it serves while also creating a safer and more vibrant environment," he said.
With commuters comprising the majority of SCSU's student population, interim president Dr. Stanley Battle hopes SeeClickFix will engage both on-campus and off-campus students.
"Our goal is to engage all students, not just the ones living on campus, and encourage them to improve their surroundings," he said. "SeeClickFix places the power directly in the hands of the campus community."
The SeeClickFix widget, mobile applications, and Facebook App can be found here.
SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods. Through mobile web, web, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry apps, the SeeClickFix platform is the most widely-distributed citizen reporting tool in the country. The platform is fun and easy to use for citizens while being inexpensive and easily adaptable for governments. For more information on SeeClickFix or to report an issue, visit www.seeclickfix.com.