OCCC Taps SAS to Improve Campus Ops Management

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) has selected Business intelligence firm SAS to develop a system using its Enterprise Intelligence Suite for Education to help the school manage its finances and enhance its student recruiting and retention.

The key to all of this was developing a system that leverage all of the school's data to generate an accurate, comprehensive view of what was actually happening on campus, according to James Riha, OCCC's CTO and co-chair of its  Achieving the Dream Data Team.

“OCCC was looking for a strategic partner who could offer a comprehensive enterprise solution to assist in establishing and supporting our evolving ‘Culture of Evidence,’" he said. "Specifically, to help us acquire and store data, establish its validity, transform it into information, help identify what is significant, know what is actionable, and provide it in a usable form to the right decision makers at the right time."

The Enterprise Intelligence Suite for Education, the primary SAS tool in OCCC's system, is designed to help higher education institutions boost overall institutional effectiveness by collecting the data necessary for making informed decisions and providing predictive analytics to understand those data.

In addition to the Suit for Higher Education, OCCC, which provides associate degree programs to approximately 28,000 students a year, has licensed SAS's  Financial Management, Strategic Performance Management, Human Capital Management, and Enterprise Miner systems and has contracted for consulting services and training.

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