To meet the expectations of today's tech-savvy students, colleges and universities are looking for ways to speed up their processes and provide better services for their No. 1 customer.
The Kuali Foundation has released Kuali People Management for the Enterprise (KPME) 1.0. KPME is an open source human resources and payroll system for higher education. The group also released Kuali Mobility Enterprise 1.0, an open source framework for connecting campus information and services to any mobile device.
Datatel has revised its services offerings to provide as little or as much support for its IT applications as its institutional customers want. The company, whose flagship offering, Colleague, powers enterprise operations for hundreds of universities and colleges in the country, said it now also offers that suite of applications in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.
Datatel has updated its application for student enrollment. Version 2.0 of Recruiter includes a deployment option that allows customers to shift from the on-premises version of the application to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model or vice versa.
Miami University in Ohio is replacing its legacy admissions software with a new customer relationship management (CRM) system, which will enable the institution to use a single tool to track students from recruitment, to application, and through to matriculation at the university. The CRM system will also assist the university with alumni relations and student, faculty, and staff communication.
A prolific innovator for 25 years at California's Delta College, Lee Belarmino may be most recognized nationally in higher education IT for a relatively recent accomplishment: the successful implementation of one of the first instances of the open source Kuali Financial System--a system the college helped develop as a founding partner alongside much larger and better-funded universities.
Oracle has announced Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database, all of which are managed, hosted, and supported by Oracle, with a unified self-service interface for provisioning, monitoring, and managing all services.
SciQuest, an online procurement provider focused on academic, healthcare, and research organizations, has joined the InCommon Federation and the Canadian Access Federation (CAF) in an effort to improve standards and interoperability for customers in the United States and Canada.
Jenzabar has added a new feature to its Higher Reach by Jenzabar software that lets colleges and universities connect continuing education catalogs with their Facebook pages.
Arizona State University in Phoenix is moving to a new constituent relationship management system in an effort to increase enrollment of international and non-resident students.