Coordinating a geographically dispersed student body that learns primarily online is just one of the key challenges that modern institutions of higher education are facing. With more education taking place online--and in some cases, all of that education happening on the Web--colleges are being forced to rethink their classroom and student management strategies.
For schools that are leery of entrusting mission-critical applications to an ASP, shared services are an option that can provide more control. <i>CT</i> looks at a partnership between a university and a community college.
The Houston Community College System is operationally decentralized, with six colleges and 26 campuses spread out across 660 square miles. With faculty and staff running their own reports in different formats using data from various sources and time periods, it was not uncommon last year to find six different versions of the same report. HCC’s Vice Chancellor of Information Technology explains how a BI solution implemented in the past year has provided centralized online reporting, a dashboard, and consistent information for better decision making.
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.
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.
eProcurement systems are designed to streamline purchasing processes, eliminate paperwork, and make it easy for end users to get the best values through spending on-contract. Yet the relative success of eProcurement at any institution often depends on how the procurement department works not only with the technology, but also with the end users in academic departments, in research programs, or elsewhere in the university or system.
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.
Microsoft this week announced plans to release its Dynamics SL 2011 enterprise resource planning solution in the second quarter of next year.
Clarendon College, with three campuses in Texas, recently adopted a new enterprise resource planning system from Three Rivers Systems. In August 2010 the community college implemented CAMS Enterprise for academic management activities to replace legacy software.
A cloud computing strategy helps Westmont College do more with less. CIO Reed Sheard says that by integrating cloud-based applications with internal systems, the college has been able to succeed with several new initiatives while keeping existing staffing levels.