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Universities in Indiana, North Dakota, New York Deploy Oracle Software

Four institutions of higher education--Anderson University, the North Dakota University System, Indiana University, and City University of New York--have gone public with their deployments of software from Oracle. They're among 13 colleges and universities that have recently implemented or selected applications from the vendor.

Anderson University, a private university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana, is implementing Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions, PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management and PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Resources Management to improve service to students, faculty, and staff and reduce expense. The university has gone live on modules for recruiting and admissions, registrar, finance, and student financials. Anderson is implementing the solutions with the assistance of consulting firm MIS.

"With Oracle, we are able to manage our student services and business operations more efficiently and effectively than ever before," said Michael E. Collette, VP, Enrollment Management and Information Systems.

The North Dakota University System (NDUS), an 11-institution public education system, including comprehensive research intensive universities, recently completed an upgrade to PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 with the help of Oracle Consulting. The NDUS uses Campus Solutions for several functions, including admissions, recruitment, student records, and financial aid. The implementation is part of ConnectND, a joint project between NDUS and the North Dakota state government to replace legacy academic and state government applications with an integrated suite composed of PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions, Enterprise Financial Management, and Enterprise Human Capital Management.

Indiana University (IU), with 99,000 students on its eight campuses, recently upgraded to PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0, providing admissions, academic, and transfer credit information to administrative staff, faculty and advisors in a self-service format. The "Faculty Center" allows faculty to manage student and advisee-related activities, view complete weekly teaching schedules and class details, search for courses, and enter grades in a class roster. The new "Student Center" tools, "Enrollment Shopping Cart" and "My Planner," lets students plan their schedules in advance of registration appointments.

City University of New York (CUNY) has completed the first phase of its CUNY FIRST (Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool) project, which replaces its legacy financial, human resources, and student administration systems with an integrated application suite from Oracle. The first phase included the implementation of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise General Ledger as well as PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal, which provides single-sign-on. CUNY also implemented PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management to support training on the new applications across its campuses.

"We are pleased with the on-time implementation of PeopleSoft Enterprise General Ledger on a university-wide basis," said Barry Kaufman, university controller. "The application sets the stage for us to achieve operational efficiencies and integrate data across our various systems."

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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