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We at Terra Dotta often find ourselves at meetings or conference sessions where someone asks for a show of hands of institutions using a Terra Dotta solution. For us, it's a gratifying feeling when we see a majority of hands raised; it's a feeling that we must be doing something right. 

Recently we were honored with that same feeling on a different scale. For the past five years, Campus Technology has polled those in higher education to gauge their favorite technologies. The 2019 Readers' Choice Awards drew over 500 respondents, and Terra Dotta is again a winner! We were honored to receive the Platinum award in the "Most Valuable in the Institution This Year" category. And we were voted one of the "Top Five Favorite Technologies Currently Used," among other leading technologies such as Microsoft Office/Office 365, Google G Suite, and Zoom. We are truly excited to have been recognized among giants of the technology world. 

To all who helped us achieve these recognitions, we say a sincere "Thank You!" As Anthony Rotoli, our CEO said, "Students and faculty are our higher education clients' greatest asset and we are honored to help them fulfill duty of care and enable growth with solutions that streamline and manage international education logistics, compliance and risk." 

Your support of Terra Dotta has helped us achieve one other recent recognition. Just last month, Growjo named Terra Dotta as the #8 fastest growing company in North Carolina. Using growth indicators and predictive analysis, Growjo predicts that Terra Dotta will continue to grow at an increased rate. 

Whether you are a current user of a Terra Dotta solution or deciding on an organization to help you advance your international education initiatives and risk mitigation, we at Terra Dotta are here for you. Thank you again for your continued trust and support! 


In December 2018, Ted Tollefson joined Terra Dotta as our West Business Development Manager. His responsibilities include building and managing a pipeline of business opportunities by working with institutions to identify their business needs and how Terra Dotta can help them with their processes.

Before joining Terra Dotta, Ted held positions in higher education software sales with DIGARC, iModules, Ex Libris, and Ellucian/SunGard Higher Education. Ted obtained his bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

Outside of work, Ted enjoys watching baseball, working out, and attending his children's sporting events. One travel activity Ted has always wanted to do is attend an Olympics! Since working for Terra Dotta, Ted is determined to see his children study abroad while in school.

Ted says his favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is "the relationship between product development and sales. Study Abroad is the industry leader and continues being enhanced to address ever changing market requirements. ISSS and Travel Registry are extremely fast growing and Agreements excites everyone that sees it."


Has this ever happened to you? You attend a conference session, take copious notes, excited to try what you've learned only to get back to your office and find yourself unable to replicate what you observed in the session. The frustration is real. 

TDU Global 2020 will feature a new opportunity aimed at helping you avoid the above scenario. Next year's user conference will inaugurate the Learning Lab concept to further instill the training you gain. Learning Labs will be hands-on sessions where attendees can practice what they've just learned. Here are two examples currently being planned: 

  • Following a session on the new user interface (UI), participants will be able to attend a session where they try out the new UI in their sandbox sites.
  • Following a session on the new administrator's console, a session will occur in which participants can practice navigating the new console.

The Learning Lab approach is a key method for instilling knowledge you receive at TDU Global and promises new opportunities for making the conference even more valuable to you and your institution. Enhance the investment that's been made in your technology. Register now for TDU Global 2020!


You may know or already be working with some of the providers you'll see below. You can make your processes easier by making a connection to Terra Dotta. Thanks to the TD Connect platform, there's no need to involve your IT department and there are no setup fees for these integrations. 

  1. Prove the efficacy or value of your international studies program by showing the before & after GoCulture International assessment scores.
  2. No need to stockpile SIM cards in your desk drawer. Give your students access to affordable U.S. data plans with studentSIMS the moment they land in the U.S.
  3. Through the AFS Global Competence Certificate, provide an innovative pre-departure and on-program course designed to help learners develop intercultural competence and deal with cultural adjustment.
  4. Help international students and scholars effectively demonstrate English proficiency with English3.
  5. Provide online cultural awareness training with Go Culture International.
  6. Train students to be safe, stay healthy, and avoid risks while traveling with PerforMax3.
  7. Streamline your I-20 shipping process with eShipGlobal.
  8. Give students special travel discounts and around the clock support with StudentUniverse.
  9. Meet your need to scale intercultural mentoring and learning for your students with the AFS GCC university program.
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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:

US: OPT monitoring casts DSO’s role in new light
From The PIE News

The role of the university in an era of global disruption
From University World News

Chinese Students Cautious About U.S. Study
From Inside Higher Ed

US admissions officers increasingly concerned about enrolment targets
From ICEF Monitor

2020 Best Global Universities
From U.S.News & World Report

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