Administrative/Business Tools


SunGard HE Opens Up Shared Code Repository

SunGard Higher Education has introduced a repository where customers can share functional enhancements, scripts, tools, and other contributions with each other. The Shared Code Repository is part of SunGard's Community Source Initiative and will include contributions from the company as well.

Shining a Light on Retention

Three institutions created their own customized programs to keep at-risk freshmen in school, with positive results.



TopSchool SLM 3.0 To Go Mobile

TopSchool has begun rolling out version 3.0 of its student lifecycle management suite, TopSchool SLM.

Putting the Focus on Performance

In the push to improve student performance, two universities institute comprehensive, data-driven systems to assess their departments.

Scanning the Dashboard

Managing myriad institutional goals and objectives is complicated. Dashboard software can provide top-level metrics at a glance, with easy access to more detailed data below the surface.

Setting up a CFO Trust Fund

While it would be naïve to think that every CIO can achieve such a rapport with his CFO, understanding the importance of a solid relationship with the head of finance is critical to success, both for the IT department and the institution as a whole. Never has this been truer than in today's bleak economy, as CFOs become increasingly cautious about initiatives that involve significant expense, yet information technology can help achieve efficiencies that will improve the bottom line.

Rebuilding Campus IT Systems with ERP

The University of South Carolina has embarked on an ambitious ERP project that will bring the institution's IT infrastructure out of the dark ages.

Blackboard Buys into Data Analytics

Blackboard has expanded its forays outside of its traditional academic realm by entering into the territory of administrative operations with the announcement of a new set of data analytics applications. The news comes just weeks after Blackboard quietly acquired iStrategy, a private company focused on data warehousing and business intelligence for higher education.

U Central Florida Streamlines Administrative Apps

The University of Central Florida has is wrapping up a multi-year implementation of new enterprise applications that includes a combination of Oracle software and Sun hardware to streamline its administrative processes and help manage student growth.

Hobsons To Add Turnitin for Plagiarism Checking in Admissions Process

Hobsons, which sells ApplyYourself, will be offering its higher education customers Turnitin for Admissions, plagiarism detection software from iParadigms, as part of its admissions and enrollment management package.