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Toronto-based learner engagement platform Modern Campus has acquired Presence, a campus engagement and learning platform for higher education institutions.

Presence caters to more than 250 higher education institutions across North America, helping them to visualise and assess engagement efforts through data, to streamline workflows for departments and student organisations, and to map learning outcomes. The company is based in St Petersburg, Florida.

The acquisition extends Modern Campus’s partners to more than 1,400 colleges and universities across North America.

Brian Kibby, chief executive of Modern Campus, said: “Learner engagement means everything to modern higher education institutions because highly engaged learners graduate on time and are far more likely to view their post-secondary education as a lifelong partnership versus merely a two- or four-year transactional relationship. Not only does Presence offer the best student engagement platform, they’re also equally obsessed with customer success.”

This transaction is the third acquisition by Modern Campus this year – the company acquired academic catalogue and curriculum management provider Digarc on 10 June and interactive campus map and virtual tour provider nuCloud in March.

Reuben Pressman, founder and chief executive of Presence, said: “We’ve grown quickly because of our product innovation and focus on customer happiness. Partnering with Modern Campus now affords us the opportunity to fuel both, while also deepening our campus relationships. More than that, we’re excited to be part of a broader platform that aligns with our focus on highly personalised student experiences and enables student success in their ‘learner to earner’ lifecycle.”

Stephen Rice, principal at The Riverside Company, the equity partner for Modern Campus, added: “This acquisition is yet another example of how Modern Campus is investing in innovation to help its customers fulfil their mission, and we’re proud to add fuel for Modern Campus’s customer obsession. When we began researching potential campus engagement solutions, Presence quickly emerged as the clear leader in the segment. Adding Presence to the Modern Campus modern learner engagement platform is a perfect match.”

Presence employees will join Modern Campus with Pressman joining the company’s executive team.

Date published: 7 July 2021

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