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Galveston College Revamps Constituent Services

Galveston College has selected Datatel Colleague and Datatel ActiveCampus Portal solutions to replace legacy systems in use by the school. The College also licensed Colleague Student Retention Alert, a comprehensive offering of software and professional services that identifies and serves students who are academically at-risk.

"Our students' success is this institution's prime mission," said Myles Shelton, president. "After close consideration of three vendors by a group of stakeholders from across campus, we chose Colleague because of its seamless integrated approach to our current solutions, cost benefit, Datatel's excellent references, and features such as Student Retention Alert."

In addition to alerting staff and faculty about students with academic issues, Colleague can warn about non-academic issues (such as poor attendance, family problems, and illness) based on collaborative input to allow for quick intervention, thus helping to enhance campus safety and security, the school said in a statement.

The college will deploy ActiveCampus Portal, a workgroup collaboration and social networking system built on Microsoft SharePoint technology. The portal provides a single point of access to information and resources for users.

"ActiveCampus Portal will make a huge difference for all of our constituents by allowing them to work collaboratively regardless of their location," said Shelton. "This will be very helpful during registration, as the portal's familiar Microsoft-based look and feel will enhance our students' user experience."

Galveston College, a community college on Galveston Island, 50 miles south of Houston, TX, has about 2,200 students each semester in credit programs, and nearly 5,000 individuals annually in continuing education and workforce development programs.

Datatel Colleague focuses on four key business areas: enrollment and student services, financial management, human resources, and institutional advancement.

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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