Meeting & Special Event Scheduling

Since 2019, the Executive Director of Quality Assurance & Audit Services and the Quality Assurance (QA) team have been working on improving the event scheduling process at SF State. The team has taken a holistic approach to assessing various event scheduling tools, conducting internal research with colleagues at SF State and our sister campuses, and collaborating with Event Professionals to compile reservation information of the most frequently requested on-campus spaces into the Event Venue Guide. The goal is to standardize the event request process onto a single platform, enhancing efficiency for all stakeholders.

Our Research

Selecting 25Live software as SFSU's event scheduling tool


In 2017, QA and Information Technology Services (ITS) worked collaboratively with campus stakeholders to identify requirements for a non-academic event scheduling tool. Although no single application met all needs, 25Live satisfied over 80% of the identified requirements. 

In 2019, with the guidance of senior leadership and ITS support, QA continued with the assessment efforts and took on a holistic approach to improve the coordination and planning of events on campus until 2020 when the project was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


After a three-year hiatus, the cross-divisional Process Improvement Advisory Team reconvened in May 2023 and anonymously submitted 50 process improvement ideas. Among them, four proposals were centered around a unified event scheduling platform. As a result, QA resumed their research efforts and engaged with SF State event professionals and several CSU campuses to discuss best practices for event planning in the university environment.

The campus has implemented various systems for scheduling rooms and events, including EMS, Outlook, EventBrite, Brightly, and CollegeNET (25Live). Currently, campus event information and scheduling processes are scattered across multiple systems and, this fragmented approach, has resulted in inconsistent event coordination and communication and has contributed to a siloed approach to event planning among campus departments. Our research underscores the importance of assessing and implementing a unified event scheduling platform for improved efficiency.  Below are the findings from our assessment.

Findings: (1) Procedures & guidelines are varied by location and building; (2) Multiple platforms and inconsistent request processes make event planning difficult for the event planners and venue coordinators; (3) Event planning is done via numerous and exhausting emails/meetings; (4) Multiple event scheduling systems are not integrated and only some reservable spaces are viewable to the public; (5) Pricing rates (for client); (6) Event planners submit multiple requests & service tickets to advertise events

QA resumed their assessment and developed a 204-point ranking system (with 68 criteria) for evaluating event scheduling tools: Platform Specifications (7 criteria), Event Scheduling and Management (7 criteria), Event Publishing (5 criteria), Analytics and Reporting (5 criteria), Communication and Notification (3 criteria), Document / Agreement (3 criteria), Dashboard (4 criteria), User Interface (3 criteria), Data Integration with University Systems (3 criteria), Training (2 criteria), Support (2 criteria), and Technical Requirements (24 criteria). 

In February 2024, QA solicited proposals from three vendors. Of the three vendors, CollegeNET ranked first with 184 points and offered the most competitive pricing at $38,000 in ongoing costs, along with unlimited licenses for campus use. With its proven track record as an event scheduling solution in 12 other CSUs, CollegeNET stands as our chosen vendor, capable of meeting the majority, if not all, of the University's needs. Our assessment showed that 25Live, the robust web-based event calendaring, scheduling, and publishing system offered by CollegeNET, will streamline the coordination among campus departments/teams, clearly define roles & responsibilities, minimize duplications of effort, and optimize campus resources.

  CollegeNET Vendor #2 Vendor #3
Score (out of 204) 184 points 148 points 176 points
Estimated Cost $38,000 $78,406.30 $198,000
  • One unified platform to request and view inventory of available campus spaces.
  • Provide a robust online application for event scheduling that works for students, staff, faculty and administrators. 
  • Foster cross-functional collaboration for effective planning and execution of events on campus.
  • The tool will be designed to incorporate features that facilitate inclusivity and accessibility for all users.
  • Clarify campus event scheduling processes and procedures.
  • Enhance visibility of all campus events which will allow campus administration to ensure the safety of the SF State community.
  • Provide the SF State community with an event space database, a streamlined event request process, and information on all planned events and activities on campus.
  • The event request process will be a consistent and standardized approval workflow.
  • Automated notifications will be sent to key stakeholders to facilitate event planning, response, coordination, execution, and communication.
  • Enable the University to optimize its available resources.

Next steps?

As of March 2024, QA has concluded the informal solicitation process and successfully procured the 25Live consulting and implementation services from CollegeNET. With the services secured, the subsequent steps will involve campus stakeholders coming together to align objectives, allocate resources, and chart the course for the successful implementation of 25Live. The team will also conduct comprehensive testing to ensure the tool meets the requirements and integrates smoothly with existing systems. 

The team has scheduled the first of two in-person, on-site consultation session with the 25Live Consultant on June 2024. To stay up-to-date, please visit our Implementation Overview page.


QA will continue to actively engage with essential teams, key stakeholders, and our sister campuses about current practices and challenges related to scheduling meetings and special events. This collaborative approach will guide our efforts in implementing the event scheduling tool that will address the University's needs.

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