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ImageSoft Wins Client-Nominated ‘Best Fit Integrator Award’ from Center for Digital Government: Southfield-based ImageSoft Inc., which provides technology solutions to automate, streamline and improve workplace processes, announced that it was the recipient of The Best Fit Integrator award from The Center for Digital Government. ImageSoft was one of 12 companies nationally to earn the award and was acknowledged at an awards dinner Aug. 1 in Rockport, Maine. This innovative contest allows government IT entities from throughout the country to recognize exceptional private-sector partners that have worked with them on recent technology projects. ImageSoft was nominated by Washtenaw County, and was recognized for its work in implementing Enterprise Content Management and workflow solutions to improve processes in multiple county departments. The company earned the award in the “Modernization in Public Safety and Emergency Management” category. ImageSoft has worked with Washtenaw County since 2006 implementing a number of solutions to streamline and improve county processes including an electronic arraignment workflow solution that streamlines document preparation, creation and execution of criminal court documents in two county locations; an innovative end-to-end digital eContract solution for the City of Ann Arbor that shares Washtenaw County’s infrastructure and resources; the solution improves productivity and transparency and prevents documents from getting lost or signed improperly; an e-warrant system for the sheriff and prosecutor that dramatically reduces time to process a warrant request, eliminates drive time, improves transparency and enables prosecutors to try cases from a laptop; an electronic document management and workflow solution for Child Support Enforcement and Court Services in which judges electronically sign orders that are then eFiled with Court Services, reducing processing time for orders from five days to one day; and converting the county’s legacy enterprise content management system to a modern, industry-leading solution and saving taxpayers $400,000.

EMU Named ‘Best in Midwest’ By Princeton Review: Eastern Michigan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest for the eighth consecutive year, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. Eastern was selected as one of 152 institutions The Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on PrincetonReview.com. In the profile on Eastern on its site, The Princeton Review describes an Eastern education as “a great value.” EMU announced a “0,0,0” freeze on tuition and fees, room and board for the coming academic year — the only public university in Michigan to freeze tuition this year. The Review bases its selections on a school’s academic programs. It also takes into account student responses on an 80-question survey for the yearly project. Collectively, 623 colleges were named regional bests nationwide, constituting about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions. The Princeton Review does not individually rank the 623 colleges in its list. The Review asks students to rate their schools on issues such as accessibility of professors, academics, campus food, and campus life. Eastern students cited the many opportunities to get involved in campus life at Eastern, along with its Student Center, which opened in 2006. For details on the Midwest rankings, see www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

Kettering Named To Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest':  Kettering University has once again been ranked as a “Best Midwestern College” by “The Princeton Review.” Kettering is one of 152 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in the 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region school selections. Kettering has consistently been on the select list since 2004. See the full report at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx. Collectively, the 623 colleges named to the regional honors constitute about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. For this project, the Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. The rating categories include academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and a green rating. More about Kettering at  www.kettering.edu.

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