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Terra Dotta is celebrating that we recently have been named both platinum and gold winners in Campus Technology’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. The publication’s readers voted Terra Dotta as one of the Most Valuable Products in the Institution and one of the Top 5 Favorite Technologies Currently Used. In addition, our Travel Registry solution, a cloud-based, real-time travel risk management system, won a platinum award in the Emergency Notification Services category.

The Campus Technology Readers’ Choice awards – now in their fourth year – represent one of the premier accolades in the higher education industry. In 2018, more than 300 readers who are employed by an institution of higher education voted on their favorite tools and technologies.

“We are honored to be recognized by top faculty, administrators and executives in the higher education community for the important role our solutions play in improving their institutions’ internationally-focused initiatives,” said Brandon Lee, our CEO and co-founder. “Global higher education experiences — both study abroad and international admissions – have an invaluable impact on global citizenship, future employability and career advancement but require comprehensive tools to best manage logistics, compliance and risk.”

The #1 Emergency Notification Services solution – Terra Dotta’s Travel Registry solution, available in both Enterprise and Express versions – automatically notifies traveling students and faculty when there is a local incident such as violence, natural disasters, health outbreaks, etc. This helps to keep travelers informed and safe and reduces institutional liability through increased travel risk compliance. Travel Registry also provides real-time traveler alerts, local intelligence and an easy mobile check-in feature via the included AlertTraveler mobile app, which is used by 50+ universities representing more than 50,000 travelers visiting more than 130 countries.

More than 600 higher education institutions use Terra Dotta’s enterprise-grade cloud solutions – including Study Abroad, ISSS and Travel Registry – to automate and streamline all aspects of global collegiate travel and international student programs. Terra Dotta’s solutions enable higher education international offices optimize study abroad and international program enrollment and retention; enhance the international student experience; deliver real-time, GPS-driven travel communication for students and faculty; and ensure compliance and risk mitigation for international travel/scholar programs worldwide.

Thank you to all the Campus Technology readers who voted for us. Your support motivates all of us at Terra Dotta to continue providing you the best solutions to advance the needs of international education in a changing world.


In January 2016, Abby Ward joined Terra Dotta as a Client Support Specialist. Her daily responsibilities include working with new clients collaboratively to build and launch their software quickly and efficiently as well as customizing the setup of the software to meet their business requirements. Abby also provides training through the implementation process for new clients, and she serves in the Terra Dotta Administrator role, helping clients with projects, training, site maintenance, consulting, and more.

Before joining Terra Dotta, Abby worked in higher education and international education for fifteen years in positions at the College of William & Mary's School of Law and the University of Richmond. During college and grad school, Abby held a variety of internships and fellowships at education-focused non-profits, state government agencies, and universities. Abby earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German Studies from the University of Richmond, where she studied abroad as an exchange student at the Universität Konstanz in Germany. She earned her Master of Education in Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership from the College of William & Mary.

Outside of work, Abby enjoys yoga, swimming, bike riding, cooking, reading historical fiction, and volunteering at her son's school. One vacation spot Abby wants to travel to is Patagonia, although she'd also like to visit New Zealand!

Abby says her favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is “the supportive team atmosphere. Everyone is always enthusiastic to work together to support each other in our work and provide the best outcomes for our clients."

A lament we often hear from clients is that they feel they are not using their Terra Dotta software to its capacity. You’d like to do x but you’re not certain how to do it, or if it’s even possible. Plus there are the possibilities out there of which you’ve not yet even thought. We get it; it’s mind boggling.

These laments are two of the primary reasons for attending TDU Global 2019. Effective and efficient use of your software requires commitment to staying up-to-date and learning about new capabilities, and that is what you can obtain at TDU Global. Terra Dotta staff and international education colleagues already are preparing to provide the latest and greatest about our various Terra Dotta solutions. TD leadership will be there to set the stage for the future and listen to you, our extended Terra Dotta family. There will be opportunities to meet with Terra Dotta “gurus” to address your vexing issues and to be inspired by thought leaders.

Early Bird Registration continues through January 31, 2019. Don’t miss your opportunity to register for and attend TDU Global 2019 in Atlanta. The Emory University Conference Center promises to be a stimulating location for renewal and invigoration. Click here to confirm your spot and lock in your discounted conference registration fee today. For more information about TDU Global 2019 visit the conference webpage or contact us at


Between printed and online materials, it can be daunting to keep up with the professional literature. Let us help you. Each month we will list several online articles or reports that we hope you will find interesting.

Find an article that you believe others will want to read? Send the link to! Here are some to get you started:

Drop in Chinese students worrisome to US universities
From China Daily

My Very Personal Taste of Racism Abroad
From The New York Times

New International Graduate Enrollments Fall Again
From Inside Higher Ed

How will artificial intelligence change admissions?
From University World News

Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education Specialist, The World Bank
Pie Chat, From The PIE News

China’s Military Sends More Scholars Abroad, at Times Without Schools’ Knowledge
From The Wall Street Journal

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