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2 Universities Move Student Process Management Online

Two universities, both with international programs, have adopted CAMS Enterprise, a Web-based suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications from Three River Systems, for managing student-related processes.

Hult International Business School, an MBA-focused institution, reported it will use the software in dealing with enrollment growth. Boston-based Hult added campuses in Shanghai and London in 2007, followed by Dubai in 2008 and San Francisco in 2010.

"With campuses around the globe, the growth we have experienced in our student numbers and accompanying data demanded the kind of immediate access and integration that only comes with a robust system like CAMS Enterprise, [which] provides a very strong offering with an all Web-based ERP built around a single, integrated database," said Hult's CIO Yousuf Khan. "With CAMS we can apply our resources to hiring world-class faculty to guarantee the best-possible outcomes for our graduates."

The second instituton, Global University, based in Springfield, MO, has 6,500 full-time degree students and 15,400 adult continuing education students. It also offers religion classes through online programs to an additional 300,000 people around the world. Global U will go live with CAMS Enterprise in April 2011.

"CAMS Enterprise, we found, is the only ERP that can meet our stringent operational requirements and expansion needs. With degree programs for undergraduate and master's level students, Global plans to start offering doctoral degrees," said Global U President Gary Seevers. "CAMS Enterprise will enable us to organize our business processes and streamline our operations to meet the demands of our current and future administrative and academic workload."

CAMS Enterprise is built around a single database--Microsoft SQL Server--and includes modules for constituent relationship management, student registration, financial aid, billing, fundraising, portals with self-service, and course management. The modular nature of the program allows customers to integrate new applications as they're needed.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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