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Vanguard U Moving to Datatel ERP Modules

Vanguard University of Southern California, located in Costa Mesa, has decided to deploy Colleague and ActiveAdmissions from Datatel to replace its previous administrative systems. Both products are part of the Strategic Academic Enterprise, Datatel's name for its enterprise resource planning suite. Colleague includes functionality for managing student and financial aid, finance, advancement, and human resources, all feeding data into a central database. ActiveAdmissions provides tools that can be integrated into a Web site for e-recruitment efforts.

"Datatel did a thorough evaluation of how Vanguard does business, and then demonstrated how they could help improve our processes using its products and services," said John Mark Robeck, the university's IT project manager. "They did this by providing a solution that was of great value and the 'biggest bang for the buck.'"

"ActiveAdmissions will enable us to market to prospective students and bolster our enrollment, which in today's economic environment is extremely important," said Robeck. "With ActiveAdmissions, Vanguard will operate more efficiently at recruiting, and hopes to show a great return on investment."

Users at the university, which has about 2,200 students, will access campus-wide information and resources using Datatel's ActiveCampus Portal, a Web-based workgroup collaboration and social networking system. Built on Microsoft SharePoint technology, ActiveCampus Portal provides a single point of access for online services. "The ActiveCampus Portal will help Vanguard create a sense of community on a large scale within our university by allowing users to interact and share information," said Robeck.

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