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Datatel Updates Web Content Management System

Datatel has upgraded Web Content Management System (WCMS) to feature integration with the company's latest release of its higher education recruitment application. Version 2.0 of WCMS, built with technology from Web application developer Ektron, includes several new features:

  • The new release displays targeted student Web content, based on Datatel Recruiter 2.0 data, such as academic program of interest, extracurricular activities, or city, zip/postal code;
  • It automates data transfers and alerts institutional staff users to Web inquiry forms, event registration forms, and online applications;
  • Staff can embed a recruiting event calendar into Web pages; and
  • It provides personalized checklists on a school's Web site for students to monitor application and enrollment progress.

The program includes a starter Web site, and it can be used campus-wide or by an individual group within an institution.

One WCMS customer is the University of West Alabama in Livingstone. "Datatel's Web Content Management System allowed us to build out content in 75 percent less time," said Mike Pratt, director of information systems. "It will save hundreds of hours over the course of the year. Over time we plan to continue pushing out the responsibility of content updates to a larger set of people, reducing burden on IT."

Although the latest release of WCMS integrates more tightly with Datatel's recruitment software, the company said in a statement that its Web content management system works alongside any student information system or recruitment program.

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