Maryland Institute College of Art Upgrades Administrative Systems To Manage Growth

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), a private art college in Baltimore, has upgraded to Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Release 9.0. MICA completed a move to PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management, Campus Solutions, Contributor Relations, and Enterprise Portal and is now upgrading to Enterprise Financial Management 9.0.

"MICA was fortunate to have the three things that make a successful ERP implementation--a good system, good people using it and executives who support it," said Ted Simpson, director of administrative systems for MICA "Our upgrade to PeopleSoft Enterprise Release 9.0 was one of the smoothest upgrades I have been involved with, and we were able to deliver systems ahead of time and on budget. Today, our PeopleSoft systems are embraced by users, and we believe we have only begun to realize the cost and efficiency gains."

A PeopleSoft customer since 1999, the college initially deployed the applications to automate manual administrative tasks. Since its initial implementation, the college has nearly doubled in size and today has 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 900 faculty and staff members.

Following an evaluation of options in 2007, MICA chose to upgrade to PeopleSoft Enterprise Release 9.0. MICA is using the Human Capital Management applications for HR administration, payroll and base benefits. Additionally, the college has deployed PeopleSoft software for management of academic advisement, student records, student financials, financial aid, recruiting and admissions, contributor relations and campus community.

The college also leverages PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal to deliver the applications in self-service environment to users. Implementing online pay advices has saved eight hours of staff time during each per pay period and generated postage savings. Likewise, prior to implementing online student registration, processing took three staff members 20 business days per year. Today, five days are spent monitoring student access to self-service registration.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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