Michigan Live is reporting that the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAS) has had great success with a new system that allows college admission administrators to capture prospective student information from scanned barcodes, rather than requiring students to fill out information forms with pen and paper. The system is similar to the barcoding applications that have been deployed at business trade shows and conferences, but has been tailored for college fairs. The process is quite simple, a bar code is assigned to a student upon entry to the college fair. This printable bar code is linked to the student's relevant personal information stored in a backend system database. As the student visits each booth, recruiters can quickly scan the student's bar code to retrieve the student's contact information, allowing the recruiter to spend more time discussing the school's programs rather than waiting for students to complete tedious paperwork.
There are many advantages to replacing the college fair paper contact forms with a bar code solution. First and foremost, the data that is exchanged is much more accurate. With pen and paper, college recruiters often struggle to read a student's handwritten form. Secondly, the system speeds up the data exchange process. Recruiters can spend more time speaking with students. And lastly, students don't have to drive home with a severe case of writer's cramp.
You may be surprised to hear that the system described above is not difficult to implement. If you are interested in a similar application, please contact the bar code and data collection experts at RACO Industries.