We live in the digital age, and everything is digital. Human labor is getting reduced to automated by machines, where in the past we used to ask the clerks in the school/college office, we can now get all the information online through a web-portal and this is known as student self-service as the student itself can get information anytime and from anywhere on the earth through the internet. The universities have included a section on their web-portal where current and alumni students can get whatever information immediately they were looking for. Started by one university, many followed into the paths, and as it turns out it is much better than the old paper application form used in ancient times.
Benefits of student self-service
Several benefits come with the student self-service, Students do not have to waste their time by standing in line and wait for their, and after that, they will post the te required document to the address that itself takes days to ship to the address, whereas now, they just have to provide the details in a form, and if correct then they will give the required documents or forward their application to the proper authorities. This also reduced the paper used and is a more eco-friendly way to request something. Student self-service not only helps the alumni but also the current students of the institute. It also helps the schools and colleges and saves costs for them and does not require them to hire any extra staff for this and the already hired staff is freer and can focus on more important tasks.
Resources used in student self-service
As the education hubs offer more diverse and detailed course, the alumni get larger in number and variety, therefore, they have to store more and more papers as students from different states and countries will require different type of procedure to get access, therefore, in comparison where the old way will consume lots of papers, the current student self-service will only occupy a little space on the database and is more eco-friendly. The only resource used in student self-service is the domain name registration and hosting charges along with the database and there is no need to hire more developers as it comes under the work of already hired developers. But in the old way, they need to hire an entire department for this and also make space for all the paperwork that will be done by the staff along with little things that will be required like, a computer, pens, papers, etc.
Student self-service is a very good step towards the betterment of the environment and helps everybody as it saves time for the students, the cost for the institution and labor work for the staff. The self-service is a step in the right direction as the students before going into the world, where they have to earn and make an image in front of the entire world, they get a feel of what are they going to get. This will only help in making them more ready for their future.