Webster University Announces Global Alliance with Adobe
Aug. 18, 2016
ST. LOUIS – Webster University has joined forces with Adobe to offer its portfolio of products to Webster staff, faculty and students. Over the course of three years, Webster will implement Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Marketing Cloud, and Adobe Sign, a key element of Adobe Document Cloud, across all its domestic and international campuses.
When the program is fully implemented in 2020, the Webster global community will have access to the Adobe solutions, allowing a new level of content sharing and collaboration on projects at all levels of the University.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and for our school, as it will give us the latest digital tools and allow us to take our programs to a new level as we cultivate digital media skills across the curriculum,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “Today, digital media are ubiquitous and the technology continues to evolve at an amazing pace. Our partnership with Adobe will give our students the leading edge in becoming smart, ethical, and effective media producers.”
The work is already underway to make the Adobe Creative Cloud applications and services available to the University community. The software will become available in stages over the next three years, and Adobe will provide comprehensive technical support and training to students, faculty and staff as the software becomes available. By 2019, Webster students, faculty and staff at all University locations will have full access to the Adobe Creative Cloud library, cloud storage and services—enabling students to deliver digitally engaging projects, build their own apps or websites, deliver videos vs papers and create e-portfolios to highlight their work.
Enrolled students will have the benefit of Adobe tools available to them in the classroom and labs, as well on their own personal devices. “There is a growing need for students to demonstrate proficiency in all things digital for today’s job market,” said Karen McCavitt, group manager, worldwide marketing for Adobe Education. “Webster’s commitment to enhance students’ digital skills will ensure their graduates remain highly competitive and are best positioned to enter the workforce.”
With global access to Adobe technology, Webster faculty will be able to further enhance and expand programs and curriculum – whether it’s teaching marketing students how to create a beautifully designed website or the next viral video or migrating paper documents to a digital workflow, faculty will have all of the latest Adobe tools at their disposal. With Adobe Sign, the Webster community will be able to streamline the paper documents they process on a daily basis, migrating to a digital workflow that will diminish the need for paper and maximize efficiency.
“The new Adobe alliance will prepare our students for the next generation of content creation and collaboration that is being adopted by the business world, and provide our faculty and staff with more modern and efficient tools for sharing and creating digital assets,” said Kenneth Freeman, vice president & chief information officer at Webster University. “The agreement meets several goals and objectives stated in University’s strategic plan ‘Global Impact for the Next Century.’ We are excited to see these state-of-the-art tools implemented on our campus and look forward to seeing how this technology will supplement the innovative Webster community.”
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.